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Old 12-07-2012, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there a purpose to squeak toys, besides driving us owners crazy

We bought Joey a Kong Squeeze ball; he loves it but everytime it squeaks, he makes funny sounds. Don't know what he's thinking.

We had also bought him a Hartz stuffed bird with a squeak. He tore it apart, looking for the squeak.
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mine is ooooobsessed with his kong squeaky ball. sometimes it elicits big howls from him. one time i gave him a big ball that didn't squeak and he looked so confused. he started making whining noises...there's something about the squeak that drives him nuts.
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Mine does the same thing, we bought her a penguin that has two different sounding squeakers on it, everytime she presses on them, she lets them go slowly, dragging out the squeaks, and then cocks her head at it! She also loves to rip out the squeakers, and then has no interest in the toy, just the squeak!
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according to the dog whisperer, ripping apart toy while making it squeak is killing the prey item.
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The best part about a squeak toy is you can carry it with you anywhere. When you get to a situation where you are loosing your dog's focus, you can pull it out and give it a squeak!
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Lilie - I was thinking the same thing! May as well turn evil into good!
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I think the squeak is a prey thing. I"m sure that's why Banshee enjoys stepping on cats so much. The Skinz toy squeakers never last long. Jax has it all figured out that the ends squeak so she chews on them until it's broke.
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The best part about a squeak toy is you can carry it with you anywhere. When you get to a situation where you are loosing your dog's focus, you can pull it out and give it a squeak!
so true, i kept a "squeeker" in my shirt pocket for the same reason.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yes, the squeak or grunt appeals to the dog instinctively because it mimics the ritual of killing a prey item. As they close their jaws on a squeak toy, they activate the squeaker which mimics the sounds a prey make when predator closes their jaws on them.

Killing prey is a basic canine instinct - which is why the appeal is so high. My Hunter's favourite toy will always be the squeaking plush bunny. He tries to tear it as though it were real, very fascinating to watch.
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Tazor has a very loud squeaky that he takes when we go out in the yard. The purpose for him seems to be guess how loud this is..the purpose for me is..hey, all the neighbors dogs are barking..that must be annoying..how funny..they annoy me anyway
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