Why do dogs like squeaky things?

Animal Welfare Specialist
Cathy has worked in the animal welfare field for more than 25 years. As a Director of Public Relations for local and national animal welfare agencies, Cathy developed and managed public relations programs, wrote press materials, and prepared staff to handle media interviews on animal issues.

Does your dog go crazy every time you bring home a squeaky toy. Does he grab it and shake his head back and forth as if he is trying to kill it. After the squeaker stops working, does he drops the toy and never touch it again.

Well, once upon a time, when dogs hunted and killed their prey, they would chase and catch animals precisely because they made noise. A plastic squeaky toy offers the same instinctual satisfaction without the mess. And yes, it’s common for dogs to lose interest after the squeaker stops. They consider the job done.

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