Why do dogs like squeaky things?

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Why do dogs like squeaky things?

Updated Feb 1, 2010

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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Cathy Rosenthal, CHES, CFE
Animal Welfare Communications Specialist

Cathy brings more than 25 years' experience in the animal welfare field. She is a sought-after speaker, Certified Humane Education Specialist, a syndicated pet advice columnist, an author, a publisher, and of course - a loving pet parent.

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