Why Do Dogs Like Stuffed Toys?

She is an amazing Certified Therapy Dog, but she will steal the resident’s stuffing if I let her. Now, for those of you who are good with a needle, instead of removing the stuffing and stuffing the toy with hard fabric, that way, it will last forever!

I think dogs feel closer to being dogs when they have a toy in their mouth. They feel caught. They can take it, claim it, retrieve it (especially retrievers), and it’s theirs. And they think it’s good. After a while, the smell of this toy becomes overwhelming for us, but great for dogs.

Depending on the breed you have, some dogs will kill the toy, some dogs will love it, sleep on it and snuggle with it. Retrievers will constantly have it in their mouths when they come home.

By far, the cheapest way to keep your dog in stuffed toys is to buy cheap stuffed animals that are the right size at a garage or yard sale. I wash them in hot water, and a little Solumel (Melaleuca household cleaner, which helps remove bacteria and is animal and nature friendly), this is very important! Then I remove all the detachables; losing things like eyes, whiskers, etc. These toys are a very affordable alternative to expensive pet store toys.

Be careful though, check and make sure this toy isn’t full of tiny styrofoam beads. Avoid them. You can easily tell by squeezing the toy in your hand. Dogs often tear open toys, and styrofoam beads can become dangerous for your dog.

I know some big dogs who shake their stuffed toys so much they are actually dying. If you have more than one dog, check that the other dog is not hurt by the toy it is shaking. It’s easy to poke or hurt your other dog’s eye.

So to repeat the question, why do dogs like stuffed animals? Well, it seems we all love stuffed toys. Adults have them, kids love them, cats play with stuffed mice, and dogs claim them to kill, claim, or simply love.

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