Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
I am not sure I believe that. Puppies, being opportunists, are liable to play with whatever they can get their paws on, no matter what kind of toys you give them. But they quickly learn what is "theirs" to play with and what is not--and some dogs actually become quite picky as they mature. Luka has lots of stuffed toys, but has become very fond of two of them, and eschews the rest--she's done this since she was young.
I don't think stuffed toys increase prey drive. If anything builds prey drive, it's a ball, tug-of-war, or flirt pole. Some people say that if there is a squeaker in the toy, it will cause a dog to go after small animals that squeak. I am not sure I believe this either. I have always given my dogs squeaky toys and have never had an incident with them going after a cat or small animal. In fact, Luka once rescued a mouse from one of my cats, laid down with it between her paws, and would not let any of the cats near it!