To Squeak Or Not To Squeak


If you asked any dog owners whether they prefer for their dogs to have toys with or without squeakers, the answer would pretty much be unanimous. 

Though having a toy with a squeaker inside is effective when getting your dog’s attention, it can get annoying to hear the same sound over and over, for hours.

Hearing the shrill squeak of the same toy every day is tiresome, but there is another problem regarding squeaker toys to consider: the question of whether or not toys with a squeaker inside are considered safe for dogs. 

According to The Human Society of the United States, having a toy with a squeaker is not explicitly harmful, but this depends on the size of the dog and the size of the squeaker in the toy.

If the toy is smaller than your dog’s mouth, they are more likely to swallow the toy and the squeaker, which is dangerous.

One good rule is to buy a toy bigger than your dog’s mouth, but not so big they cannot chew on the toy with comfort and ease.

Ideally, try to buy a toy that is not too big for your dog’s mouth, so they can still chew on it, but not too small so they can fit the entire toy in their mouth and potentially swallow it.

Toys sometimes have a weight or age minimum on the tag as well, so when in doubt, see if a toy you want to potentially buy gives you any type of information.

If your dog has a toy in which the squeaker is in the middle of the toy and surrounded by stuffing, your dog is most likely going to try to tear open the toy to “attack” the squeaker.

According to The Human Society of the United States, “Some dogs want to shake or ‘kill’ their toys, so choose one that’s large enough to prevent accidental swallowing and sturdy enough to withstand the dog’s attacks.”

This is typical dog-behavior in that they want to attack anything they do not understand or feel threatened by. 

If you do choose to give your dog a toy with a squeaker, make sure to watch over your dog for the first few days they have the toy to make sure they do not feel the need to ‘kill’ the toy, as mentioned above, and accidentally ingest it. 

There are toys that do have a squeaker inside, but do not contain any stuffing, so your dog cannot tear through the stuffing of the toy to the squeaker and potentially choke on it. 

There are also soft-plastic toys that contain a squeaker but do not contain any stuffing, therefore there is not any potential of a dog chewing through the toy to get to the squeaker. 

Toys with a squeaker inside are helpful in playing fetch with your dog and trying to complete a certain task.

Dogs definitely enjoy chewing on and enjoy playing with a toy that contains a squeaker.

As long as the size of the toy is appropriate with the size of your dog’s mouth, a toy with a squeaker is safe.