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Why Do Dogs Like Squeaky Toys? 4 Reasons for This Behavior

Rachael Gerkensmeyer

Dogs love to have fun, and they can make a game out of just about any situation that they find themselves in. For most dogs, toys are a huge part of their life. Toys offer stimulation, exercise, and entertainment when human companions can’t be there to interact with their dogs. Dogs seem to especially love squeaky toys. Why is that? There are a few reasons that your dog might love squeaky toys above all others.

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Top 4 Reasons Dogs Like Squeaky Toys:

1. They Engage the Prey Drive

Most dogs have a natural prey drive, which is why they tend to chase after cats, squirrels, and other small animals when they get a chance. Toys that squeak seem alive to dogs because they make noise whenever they are interacted with. When a dog bites or pounces on a squeaky toy, the toy reacts as if it were real prey. Therefore, dogs tend to focus more on their squeaky toys than other toys that may be available to them.

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2. They Attract Attention

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Another reason many dogs love squeaky toys is that they attract attention. Dogs are smart, and they know that if they start chewing on a squeaky toy and making a bunch of noise, chances are that their human companions will pay them attention in one way or another.

The more attention that someone pays to the dog with the squeaky toy in their mouth, the more that the dog is likely to play with that toy in the future whenever they want attention. Owners who want less squeaking around the house can start ignoring their dogs when they play with squeaky toys. Chances are that at least some interest will be lost in the squeaky toys.

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3. They Offer Enhanced Engagement

Squeaky toys are interactive and react to your dog’s actions, which offers enhanced engagement over other toys that do not make noises or move on their own. The enhanced engagement offers dogs a feeling of having a friend around due to the consistent interaction. This is why you may notice that your pooch tends to play with their squeaky toys more often when they are spending time at home alone.

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4. They Are Simply Fun

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Squeaky toys are fun for dogs of all shapes, sizes, and ages. Even older dogs enjoy being playful occasionally, and a squeaky toy is the perfect gameplay option for the times when they are feeling frisky. Younger dogs might spend all day playing with their squeaky toys. Some dogs might even fight over squeaky toys if there are not enough to go around, since the other toys available just do not seem as exciting.

Not All Dogs Like Squeaky Toys

Even though squeaky toys are extremely popular among dogs of all breeds, not every dog out there appreciates this type of toy. Dogs that do not like squeaky toys may not have much of a prey drive, or they are simply interested in other types of toys instead. Just because a dog does not like a squeaky toy does not mean that something is wrong with them or that they are not playful. Offering up a variety of different toys to play with should be enough to encourage any dog to get active and playful.

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In Conclusion

There are tons of different squeaky toys available on the market due to their immense popularity among dogs. Some are small and squishy, while others are large and firm. So, if your pooch does not seem to like one type of squeaky toy, try another type. The same thing goes if your dog destroys a certain type of squeaky toy too easily. What types of squeaky toys does your dog seem to like the most?


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Rachael Gerkensmeyer

Rachael has been a freelance writer since 2000, in which time she has had an opportunity to research and write about many different topics while working to master the art of fusing high-quality content with effective content marketing strategies. She is an artist at heart and loves to read, paint, and make jewelry in her spare time. As a vegan, Rachael is obsessed with helping animals in need both in her community and anywhere in the world where she feels she can make a difference. Animals also happen to be her favorite topic to write about! She lives off the grid in Hawaii with her husband, her garden, and her rescue animals including 5 dogs, a cat, a goat, and dozens of chickens.