Staci
Staci is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. When not writing, she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her four rescue cats and Australian shepherd puppy.
SHARE
Health Learn About Dogs

Why Do Dogs Like Squeaky Toys?

Staci
Sep 7 ·

Why do dogs like squeaky toys? Some owners ask out of curiosity, others out of exasperation! You can buy your dog all the fancy silent toys in the world, and they’ll still be drawn to the ones with the most obnoxious squeak. They always pick the inconvenient moments too, like when dog parents are working or sleeping!

Still, they love it, so we suffer through the squeaking. But why, exactly, is it such a big draw to them?

Why Do Dogs Like Squeaky Toys?

why do dogs like squeaky toys

Dogs like squeaky toys because they simulate the experience of catching real prey, and it brings them back to their wolf days. The squeak provides some instant gratification if they sink their teeth into it, which they love. That sounds morbid, and you may not want to think of it as that, but it’s true! Your dog loves it because it’s like catching a real animal.

Dogs love instant feedback, so hearing that squeak the moment they close their jaw on the toy is very satisfying. Some dogs will play with squeaky toys alone for hours on end because they love hearing the sound. 

Does It Encourage Prey Drive?

Some people are worried that letting their puppy play with squeaky toys will encourage their prey drive. They’re worried that the gratification will make them chase small animals, looking for the same sound. This can be unnerving for those who have dogs that already like chasing small animals. 

The answer is that while it definitely stimulates their prey drive, it provides a safe outlet for it, and shouldn’t encourage them to go after anything else. The only problem is that if your dog already has a high prey drive, they can become obsessed with ‘killing’ the squeaky toy and tearing it apart. This can be dangerous for a number of reasons, not least of all because they could eat the squeaker inside.

Keep your dog safe by inspecting the chew toys every now and again. Make sure no loose parts have come off, and that it’s completely intact. If you have a big dog that chews heavily, you can buy the toys that are built to be indestructible to ensure they can’t get through it.

Regardless, if your dog has a tendency to chew, don’t leave them alone with the toy. That way, you can ensure they aren’t going to do themselves any damage.

Alternatives

why do dogs like squeaky toys

If your dog loves squeaky toys, you can try buying one where the pitch is so high that a human can’t hear it. That means your dog will be able to enjoy the same gratification they would from a normal squeaky toy, but you don’t have to hear it! 

If you’re looking for something they’ll become just as focused on that doesn’t make a noise at all, you can try toys that rustle when the dog shakes them. The sound is less piercing, but still satisfying!

Enrichment activities should also keep your dog entertained. Buy a snuffle mat to work on their nose skills so they can forage for treats, or buy some puzzle toys. Dogs need mental stimulation as much as they need physical, so this can be a huge help when it comes to finding them a healthy outlet for their energy and obsessions.

So, why do dogs like squeaky toys? To put it simply, it’s because they were once wolves and they still have that drive for prey! It’s not the nicest thing to consider, but it does provide them with a healthy outlet for that drive. Give them some squeaky toys and keep an eye on them to make sure it’s safe, and find some alternatives for when the noise just gets to be too much. 

WRITTEN BY
Staci
Staci is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. When not writing, she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her four rescue cats and Australian shepherd puppy.
Recent posts
Taiwan Dog Photos
Also known as the Formosan Mountain Dog, Taiwanese Canis, Taiwanese Native Dog, or the Takasago Dog, the Taiwan Dog is a small to medium dog breed. They can grow to be up to 20 inches tall and weigh up to 40 pounds. In addition, they have an average lifespan of nine to 13 years. To learn more about this purebred, you can look at the Taiwan Dog photos shown below....
Whippet Puppy
The Whippet is a purebred dog breed that’s part of the hound group. They were initially bred for rabbit hunting and dog racing. Overall, Whippets are a smaller version of the Greyhound. But this dog breed is known for being affectionate, playful, and calm. If you want to learn more about getting a Whippet puppy, then keep reading. Where To Get A Whippet Puppy If you’re looking for a Whippet...
German Shepherd Husky Mix – The Complete Guide
The German Husky, also known as the Siberian Shepherd or Shepksy, crosses the German Shepherd and Siberian Husky. This pooch is a gorgeous mixed breed that’ affectionate, gentle, and intelligent. They’re gentle and a great dog to have around overall. So, let’s get to know the German Shepherd Husky mix a little more. Luna… Appearance Both the German Shepherd and the Siberian Husky are considered to be medium to large...
Find by breed
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Next