When shopping for dog toys, it’s rare to find one that doesn’t squeak. While dogs love all toys, they can’t resist that squeaky sound. Why do dogs like squeaky toys? There are many reasons for a dog’s infatuation with squeaky toys and the squeaky sound they produce.
They Like to Play
While many instinctual factors cause their playful behavior, the main reason why dogs love squeaky toys is that they love to play. They’re amused by the squeaking sound and they enjoy the feedback after biting the toy.
The squeaking sound offers something more than a traditional toy offers. This keeps dogs engaged and they look forward to hearing that welcome sound.
It's Their Hunting Instinct
You would never expect your lazy dog baby is the product of carnivorous wolves. While your dog isn’t hunting animals, those hunting instincts still exist. The way your dog plays is a representation of how wolves hunt.
That’s why one of the main theories behind a dog’s affinity with the squeaking sound is that the sound is comparable to the squealing sound prey makes when they’re caught.
The prey drive still exists in dogs and the squeaking sound makes the dog feel accomplished. This is another reason why dogs play with toys until they’re completely destroyed. Sure, they may not eat the toy (hopefully they don’t) but the prey drive causes dogs to chew the toy until there’s nothing left.
Have you noticed your dog no longer plays with the toy after the squeaker is damaged? If the toy no longer squeaks, that means the toy is dead. Your dog is no longer interested and is moving onto the next squeaking toy, or “prey.”
They're Communicating With You
Dogs have unique ways of communicating with humans. They squeak their toys to try and communicate with us.
Dogs love attention. They especially love attention from you, their human. When your dog constantly squeaks their toy, you naturally walk over, whether to play or to tell them to stop squeaking.
Dogs learn the squeaking toy attracts attention, so they squeak until you pay attention to them.
Take a look at their toys. They always play with ones that attract their human’s attention, whether it’s a frisbee or ball you can throw or a rope for tug-of-war. These toys remind them of their human and all of the fun they had with you.
They Enjoy the Noise
Many sounds attract your dog. They love the squeaking noise but they also love the sound of your voice, the doorbell, and even the kissing sound.
Sound is a dog’s second-most dominant sense, right next to their smell. It’s cute when a dog randomly raises its ears (especially when they raise one while the other is down!) but they do this in order to pay attention to what they hear.
Dogs love high-pitched sounds that are similar to howling, which is a form of vocalization dogs use to communicate with other dogs and to announce their presence.
In short, high-pitched noises excite dogs. This is why they can’t resist the sound of their squeaking sound.
Squeaky Toy Safety Concerns
However, squeaky toys aren’t the perfect toy. Since your dog can chew on the toy for hours, there are many safety concerns.
A common issue that occurs is your dog will chew through the toy, reaching the actual squeaker. If your dog eats the squeaker, you may have to make an emergency trip to the vet.
Always monitor your dog while playing with a squeak toy. Keep your dog in a kennel or playpen for easy monitoring.
Inspect the toy. Make sure there are no holes and if the stuffing is still intact. If they start throwing up — especially if you notice they’re vomiting toy parts, take them to the vet immediately.
You should also throw out any worn down toys. This makes them easy to chew through. But always have a brand new toy to replace the old toy, or else your dog will be very upset with you!
It's Time to Play!
Why do dogs like squeaky toys? Squeaky toys kick in a dog’s natural prey drive but they also love the sound of the squeaker, how the toy attracts you, and they just love to play!
There are benefits of playing with squeak toys. But as a dog owner, you should make sure your dog is safe and doesn’t swallow the toy or the squeaker. Be sure to toss any old, worn-out toys to avoid this.
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