In my training business I am often confronted with squeaky toy quandaries such as “why does my dog destroy the toys” to “is there an indestructible squeaky toy”? Although my research has not been able to turn up the actual “inventor” of the squeaky toy, the history of its development is information enough to satisfy both questions.
Some dogs go on a seek and destroy mode when given a fluffy, plush toy with a squeaker inside. As a result, many owners, economically conscious, resent having to pay out good money to keep satisfying their dog’s destructive urges. Often they cease buying these toys that their dogs absolutely love or, like me, restuff, replace squeaker and resew the old ones if possible.
Some dogs can have these favorite toys almost forever and others, well, you know. So, why is that?
Way back when the toy was first thought of, it wasn’t merely designed as a toy. It was made specifically for terrier type breeds that were bred to go to ground after vermin, small animals, rodents and such. The hunt for these small animals was (and is) a fixation based upon specific breeding. While all kinds of dogs sometimes hunt animals or game, think about terriers when it comes to understanding this toy.
Many of the toys are manufactured to look like squirrels, birds or similar on the outside. The stuffing represents the insides of the animal. And then there is the squeak… well, to be blunt, that is what small animals often sound like, squeaky! Gives you a whole new view of toys doesn’t it!
As far as toy construction goes, it is just not possible to make something like this indestructible and it was never the intent. Otherwise where is the fun if they can’t destroy it! However, I do recommend Tuffies toys (expensive but worth it) for longer lasting entertainment.
Now are you sure you wanted to know this? It’s still better than bringing you home squirrels, birds and other animals and you are providing necessary instinct development. Buy them more toys please!