How Squeaky Toys Can Turn Your Dog Against You
If you just adopted a four-legged companion, chances are that you’ve purchased them a number of chew toys to play with. While you want nothing but the best for your pet, squeaky toys may actually turn your dog against you. Dogs are domesticated wild animals that have internal primal needs. They can actually become addicted to their little toy and slowly turn aggressive towards anyone that tries to steal it. Like a human that is hooked on video games, lets go over a few reasons why dogs get hooked on squeaky toys and signs to look out for.
I Want To Kill It!
Have you ever wondered why dogs go crazy over the squeaky function in the toy? You can play the sound through a phone and they will do anything to find the source. While people believe its a cute thing, the reality is quite brutal. That squeaky toy gets your pampered pooch revved up because it mimics the sound of small prey. Their little brains release pleasure chemicals because they believe that the toy sounds like a dying animal. Enter any casino and you will be blinded by colorful lights and strange sounds. Some will find this annoying but to a degenerate gambler these sounds and colors simulate winning the big prize just enough for them to keep them playing. In nature, such squeaks will attract dogs and trigger their prey drive. Dogs respond by twitching their ears and using their noses to locate the prey, stalking, and possibly digging up, pouncing on, or chasing the prey.
Female Dogs Think Its A Baby
On the flip side of the I want to kill it theory, some female dogs will actually think its a baby. Sasha, my German Shepherd, gets really nervous around squeaky noises and begins to cry. On her second birthday we purchased her a furry ball that made a very loud squeak. I was quite puzzled when she took the ball and began to lick it constantly. Furthermore, if the ball was in a different room she would kick and scratch the door just to lay next to it. If you’re not careful, your pet can actually start to turn aggressive to protect her imaginary baby. You must look for telling signs and take control of the object and establish your self as the owner. If you have to, throw it away and do not let your dog claim anything in the home. You must show the dog that you are in control of the squeaky sounding toy and aggression is never allowed.
Signs That Your Dog Might Think Its A Baby
- Whine – Dog will constantly cry at the sound of any squeaky sound.
- Hide And Seek – Hides the toy and will do anything to get to it.
- Its Going To Be Okay – Spends all day licking it, crying if she makes it squeak.
What If They Are Just Obsessed?
Obsession can turn to aggression before you know it. Although it may seem cute at first, never let your dog get obsessive over anything. Obsessive dog behaviors and dog fixations can become as seriously harmful as addictions are for humans. Sasha had developed a ball obsession and was a risk at the dog park. Although she was playful and friendly with other dog you could tell she was itching to play fetch. I ignored her obsessive behavior and next think I knew, she began attacking any dog that had a tennis ball. This ludicrous act shocked everyone at the dog park because she had developed a solid reputation for being the sweet dog.
One step to preventing obsessive behavior is to monitor the intensity of your dog’s play. I disciplined Sasha every time she would glance at another dog with a ball in his mouth. You want to take total control of every ball in the home. If you want to learn more about ball obsessions, read My Dog Is Ball Possessed!
Eliminate Them If You Have To
With thousands of toys alternatives, there is no reason why you should keep buying squeaky toys for your possessed dog. If you see a problem that may lead to aggression, simply eliminate the threat in the first place. Sasha has always had a bad experience with squeaky toys so we shy away from the stuff. Its imperative that we understand what triggers our dogs to act weird and understand what it may lead to. In the begging we thought that Sasha and her cries were cute and would at times tease the dog to get a reaction. After months of misunderstanding we put away the toys and noticed that the dog was happier. All she ever wanted was her ball and the squeaky toys simply had her worried all day.
Some dogs completely fall love squeaky toys and see nothing of it. If your dog becomes possessive and strange around these noisy objects, its imperative that you take action right away. Like in the gambling example from before, you really want to help the person before they lose the house. Be sure to contact a professional if you notice strong sighs of aggression. If you seek online dog training courses click HERE . Invest in normal toys that will satisfy your dogs chewing needed and not their obsession.
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