Why Speaky Toys Make My Dog Crazy and Me Too

by admin on October 2, 2012

Let me tell you a little history on why squeaky toys are the high 5 for your dog, before I tell you why they make me crazy.

We know that dogs were initially bred for hunting.  How does this fact bring us to the squeaky toy?   Why do dogs dig squeaky toys so much?  I’ll tell you.  Hunting was a natural part of what dogs were meant to do.   The squeaky noise that came from prey, was a great locator sound for them.  Not only could dogs locate their prey, but the squeaky noises that the prey made during the kill were, very satisfying to a hungry dog.

Now you can see how that squeaky toy has its roots in dogs history of hunting.

I am not a big fan of the squeaky toy.  Why?  I have tried several of them here at my doggy daycare.  And the longest 1 lasted 30 minutes by 1 dog.  Additionally, it’s my experience that if you don’t keep an eye on how your dog is chewing or sucking on the squeaky, that toy can turn in to a dangerous toy for your dog.  I have a few tips on what to look for if you are gung-ho on the squeaky toy.

1.  When you purchase your squeaky toy, make sure it is size appropriate for your dog.

2.  Make sure to put safety first and cute second.

3.  Examine the toy carefully for any parts that can be chewed off and choked on: eyes, noses, ears, tails, loose threads, the plastic squeaky itself, bows, clips, rhinestone and more.

4.  Examine the toy after each time it’s used to ensure the threading is still holding up and the stuffing is not coming out.

5.  Look for the proper washing instruction tags for your toy.

6.  Lastly, don’t leave your dog unsupervised, with their squeaky toy.  Swallowing squeakers or stuffing can be life threatening and happens quickly.

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Carrie @Tempo Life Coaching October 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Squeeky toys make me nuts (not in a good way), but I do enjoy the thrill the dogs have with them. My dog, Bosley, likes the squeek and that noise will bring him running from any place in the house. But, he doesn’t obsess over it. My other dog (who we no longer have), Harley, was a complete nut case with squeekers. I’m not sure if he loved them or hated them though. The second he would get a stuffed animal with a squeeker in it, he would rip it apart and pull the squeeker out. Is that because he was so in love with that sound that he had to get TO it, or was it because he hated that sound and wanted to get AT it? All I know for certain is that while he was living here, we didn’t have one single toy that lasted more than 30 seconds with a squeeker in it. And yes, I had to closely supervise him because it wouldn’t have taken much for the squeeker to lodge in his throat. I miss that big lug, but I don’t miss his messes :) .

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Squeaker Safety September 23, 2013 at 5:00 am

My dog has shredded many dog toys, especially ones with squeakers inside. And she always goes straight for the plastic squeaker and chews on it. I’m worried about the choking hazard. I tend to stay away from toys that make squeaking sounds now. Good call.

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admin October 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Hi Squeaker Safety, I have yet to find a good toy that squeaks that is safe for my dogs and the dogs I watch at daycare. It’s just a matter of time before tear apart that toy to find the squeaker. You’re on the right path, stay away from those toys. If you can’t watch your dog playing with that toy and examine it all time, it’s not worth that safety risk at. Your name does say it all.

Thank you for your comment. I hope folks read what you and wrote about proper toys for their dogs. Cheers!

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