Why Dogs Love Squeaky Toys

You may think your dog is just trying to annoy you with its constant chewing on the squeak toy, but that’s not it. There are reasons that your dog loves that “squeak, squeak” sound and it has to do with its instincts.

Instantly Rewarding

Dog’s love the noise that comes from biting the squeaky toy. The sound that comes from their action tells them they have an effective bite that is enough to create a reaction. The squeak tells your dog to continue biting, whereas a toy without a squeaker gives no feedback at all.

Hunting Instincts Kick In

Dogs descended from wolves, and we all know wolves hunt for their food. It’s this predator and prey relationship that attracts dogs to squeak toys.

The squeak in the toy sounds like an animal that is injured or scared. This sound sparks your dog’s inner drive to attack. Once the toy stops squeaking (aka, your dog has broken the squeaker), it tells your dog that it has successfully “killed” its prey and it no longer needs to attack.

This hunting instinct is common in terriers, sporting and herding breeds. The hegdehog toy has 6 squeakers in it for your dog to chew and bite. The circular shape makes it fun to put your dog’s nose through and figure out how to escape too.

Another option is this hide a squirrel. If your dog loves squirrels, this is the toy for them. The squirrels squeak, and you can hide them in the tree trunk for your dog to find.

Health Benefits

Allowing your dog to act on its instincts is healthy for them and lets them be a dog. Letting them “hunt” their squeaky toys lets them relieve pent-up energy and explore that wild side in them. If your dog has adequate play time, it reduces the chances of unwanted behavior towards items that aren’t toys like your couch or flowerbed.

The squeak can get your dog’s attention, so you can use it as a reward. Offer your dog the squeak toy if it is doing something undesirable. For example, if your dog has your shoe in its mouth, offer the toy instead as an alternative.

Check out this video to learn more about why dogs like the squeaky noise

 

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