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Nothing wrong with dogs who like to ‘kill’ toys

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Updated: October 17, 2012 6:25AM



D ear Ollie:

Hi, dude. My name is Dalilla Blue, my half-sister is Daisy May and we are purebred Boston bull terriers.

I have a question for you. Why does Daisy May have to ruin everything?

When she gets a toy she has to “kill” it. She pulls all the fuzz off our tennis balls. She unstuffs and pulls apart any fabric toys (even those made for big dogs) with or without stuffing. She unknots or unrolls rawhide chews. And anything that squeaks is squeakerless once she gets ahold of it. I even have a soccer ball that I like to chase, but Daisy May is bound and determined to puncture it.

My pet parent mom is convinced she is part rottweiler or pit bull. My cousin Boo Boo, the pit bull, isn’t as hard on toys as she is. My pet parents are thankful she only demolishes “our stuff’’ and not “their stuff.’’

Why does she do this? Will I ever enjoy any tennis balls that aren’t de-fuzzed or squeaky toys that actually squeak?

Sincerely,

Dalilla Blue,
the Boston bull terrier

Dalilla Blue:

Daisy May is my kind of girl because she really enjoys life. The excitement she feels when she plays with toys is instinctual.

It goes back to a time when dogs had to hunt and kill prey to survive. Hunting is just a natural part of being a dog. The squeaky noises of prey animals would help dogs locate their prey. The noises the prey animals made during the kill were very satisfying to a hungry dog.

“Hunting” a squeaky toy gives your dog the same type of satisfaction. And the more the toys squeak or the fuzzier the ball or the more knotted a rawhide bone, the more excited Daisy May becomes.

That’s why she tries to “kill” the toy by destroying it and pulling out the squeaker.

Since Daisy May is a hunter and you are a spectator, your pet parents must be vigilant when buying toys to be sure there aren’t a lot of pieces that can be chewed off and swallowed.

They need to look for features (eyes, nose, etc.) that are embroidered onto the toy, not attached.

Also, once Daisy May chews through the toy, she could swallow the squeaker or the fiberfill stuffing inside. This can be very dangerous. Supervised play with her is strongly recommended.

Dalilla Blue, don’t take your life so seriously. There’s always another squeaky toy, rawhide toy or tennis ball ready to bounce back in when you are most in need of a good time.



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