What A Terrible Noise!
Those so-called "giggle balls" toys for dogs make an awful noise! I would freak out if I heard those sounds emanating from a toy. Those noises don’t sound like laughter at all. They sound like screeching demonic tongues. If I had any pets and I gave them those things to play with, their hair would stand on end and they would run away in terror.
I’ve raised 5 children with lots of different pets, and I have 9 grandchildren; so, I know what I’m talking about. Pets pay attention to what their owners allow. A pet’s experiences do affect its chances of developing aggressive behaviors. If you train a pet to be assertive or forceful with prey-like toys and such, the pet will behave in an antagonistic way. If you treat a pet in a loving and kind way, absent of aggressive toys, the pet becomes conditioned to behave in a docile manner. Many years ago, my husband and I had a Terrier. Several months later, after the purchase of our dog, I gave birth to our first child. They say you should never bring a pet into the house before a child because it may produce feelings of jealousy and aggression in the pet. But everytime I picked up my baby, I would pet the dog to show it that it was loved as well. I would also talk to the dog in soft tones. Very quickly, the dog understood and learned to associate the baby with good feelings, and I NEVER had a problem. Our first dog was very sweet and gentle.
My two German Shepherds love the giggle balls. My Labrador Retriever and Malamute ignore them. The giggle balls are very durable and require the dog to "find" the notches on the ball to grip and carry them. The giggle balls are hard and cannot be depressed when dogs grip them. The giggle ball sounds are not nearly as loud as a squeaker toy.
Oh dear! I hit the wrong button, and now I can’t get rid of these blue bars.
I really don’t think it’s a good idea to encourage aggressive behavior in pets. If I invented a toy for pets, I would fill it with soft music and the laughter of babies. That way, the pet would romp around and play and become conditioned to loving noises. Instead the pet would know to play and kiss, not clamp down and bite.
Many predator calls are mimicing the prey animals distress calls. So yes, giggle balls, squeaky toys and grunters are all attractive to dogs, who are predators.
I read that dogs enjoy toys that squeak because it sounds like the prey screaming (I believe it was Caesar Milan who said this). Dogs like a reaction from their toys when they bite down.
Maybe the giggle ball is really a "death throes" ball???
Just a thought :smileyhappy:
OH! What have demons got to do with giggle balls? I must admit I’ve never seen or heard them. But "demonic tongues" is a very specific descriptive. I would never fill my head with such dark thoughts.
I happened to flip over to Hsn this morning, and saw that presentation. I thought the same thing! :smileylol: The noise sounded creepy to me. At the very least, the noise is grating.
My big 55 lb dog and little 20 lb dog both love them! The little one is 14 years old and she acts like a puppy rolling it all over the place. The big one is 2 yrs old and she chases hers too. It is rather noisy when both of them are being played with for sure, but they entertain both them and me.
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05.08.15 12:25 AM