Some dogs are very destructive with their toys. Even dogs that are generally pretty good can be VERY destructive sometimes. I’m not into hawking wares, but it’s my thought that if dogs are happy, and owners are happy with their dogs, it’s a win-win. That’s why you’ll see me post sometimes on what I feel might be just the ticket to keeping a chewing dog happy. Wish I knew about these when my 11-year-old Rex was a gnawing pup!

Destroying toys (or things they shouldn’t) can be a very annoying behavior if you are the dog owner buying the toys they destroy. What is equally annoying is that many dogs quit playing with their toys after they get the squeaker out or it quits squeaking.

Why do dogs do this?

The theory posted by Dr. Jon of PetPlace goes back to nature. When dogs hunted for prey, they would hunt and kill. Their prey would squeak or make noises. 

This was part of their natural hunting instinct. Once caught, the prey makes noises as they proceed with the kill, which can be very satisfying to a hungry dog. When the prey was dead – the squeaking stopped.

A squeaky toy can give a dog the same type of satisfaction.

Dr. Jon has a few favorite squeaking type toys. Recently – he met with Dr. Debra Primovic, Director of Product Research, and she told him about a new amazing squeak toy that keeps squeaking even when punctured. It is a real favorite among dogs that she tested it on. It is called the Invincible Snake.

Dogs love the Invincible Snake because the entire body of the snake is FILLED with squeakers that keep squeaking. You can take a knife and puncture clear through the toy and it still keeps squeaking.

Another squeaky toy that is very durable is the Tuffy Ultimate Ring . The toy is soft but fun and very durable. Dr. Debra gave it to her parents’ yellow Lab Sweet Lips (who can destroy anything) and this toy has lasted. The Tuffy Ultimate Ring toy caught Debra’s attention because it claimed to be “one of the world’s toughest dog toys, ” which is quite a BIG claim. After testing, Debra had to agree that this was one tough toy.

To learn more about this durable toy, go to: Tuffy Ultimate Ring Dog Toy. Remember, nothing is “indestructible” but this is a VERY well-built toy.

These suggestions brought to you by Dr. Jon of….

Why Do They Do That?

6 thoughts on “Why Do They Do That?

  • March 3, 2011 at 6:29 am

    This post came none too soon! Buddy, our 12 lb. rescue, is a chewing maniac. Pretty soon I won’t have anything that doesn’t have evidence of this sharp teeth. All of his toys are minus squeekers and stuffing. I am going to get the snake and the ring for him.

    • March 3, 2011 at 7:45 am

      Meredith, our Charlie Bear has razor sharp teeth too. Like little knives. Hope you have good luck with Buddy’s new toys! And thanks for commenting!

  • March 2, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Interesting, BJ, I’ll forward it to Jen in case she’s not already following you. Crosby loves the squeakers but seems to be very gentle with them. Our cocker always chewed out the noisemaker then ignored the toys, as you wrote. Fascinating animals. Thanks.

  • March 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    So helpful, B.J. especially right now!

    • March 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      Julie, yes, I thought of your new puppy and, being a Lab, his powerful chewing. Good luck on finding the right toys to satisfy him. I know you have the experience and the internet makes it super easy to find just what we all need.


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