Why Do Dogs Love Squeaky Toys?

Most of us have observed our four-legged companions go crazy for a favorite toy, and it’s often a toy with a squeaky noisemaker inside. Have you ever wondered why dogs love squeaky toys so much? Although it’s tempting to think the rascals just enjoy irritating us with the incessant squeaky noise, there are a couple of theories about why dogs are attracted to squeaky toys.

You might notice that your dog seems to lose enthusiasm for a toy once the squeak-mechanism has been removed, so it does seem as though it’s the squeaking aspect of the toy the dog is drawn to, rather than the form of the toy itself. Domestic dogs are descended from wolves and some theorize that the squeaky noise is reminiscent of the squeaking sound frightened or injured prey would make, appealing to your dog’s hunting instincts. Once the squeaker has been removed, the prey is “dead” and your dog’s job is complete. Of course, it’s also possible that dogs just enjoy getting the auditory feedback when they’re playing; the squeak is a reward in itself.

If your dog is an aggressive chewer and tends to quickly remove the squeaking mechanism from toys, you might consider choosing another more durable type of dog toy as the “squeaker” can be a choking hazard.

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  1. James D Owens says

    I think the sounds of rodents and other prey must be ingrained so deeply that it will never go away, and I am glad. I personally love watching or dogs (especially the smaller ones) terrorize their little rubber victims. And no sheet or blanket is sufficient enough to slow them down. I always keep one of the plastic squeaky prizes in my pocket, and they make short work of getting a stubborn little dog back in the house.

    Gut, I haven’t a clue as to why a little red dot from a laser pointer drives them crazy.

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