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Squeaky toys

posted Jul 26, 2011, 9:10 PM by Unknown user
[cross-posted from Dr. Jon's newsletter]

Dogs just love toys that squeak. I've heard this from dog owners over and over again. For example, some dogs will go crazy for their squeaky toys until they actually chew them up and pull out the squeaker. After the toy no longer squeaks - they no longer want to play with it. This is common.
So why do dogs like toys that squeak? 

Our theory goes back to nature. When dogs hunted for prey, they would hunt and kill. Their prey would squeak or make noises, which allowed the dogs to find their prey. This was part of their natural hunting instinct. Once caught, the prey made noises as the dog proceeded with the kill, which can be very satisfying to a hungry dog. 

Until next time,

Dr. Jon