I love my dog more than most humans so of course, like many pup parents, I spoil the heck out of him.
Rocco is a 3-year-old Morkie with the energy of a puppy, and if there’s one thing he loves more than cheese treats and cuddles, it’s his extensive collection of flat squeaky toys. When he’s ready for playtime, the 9-pound fur ball trots over to his toy bin to grab a “flatty” for a round of fetch. Once he’s done zooming around and fetching, he loves to plop down on the couch and squeak for what feels like an eternity and proceeding to rip apart the toy to get to the sound-making bubble.
I love Rocco, but the squeaky sound is incredibly annoying — especially if I’m trying to read or catch up on my favorite TV shows. Either way, I set out to find a solution that would keep him happy but give me some peace and quiet.
The stuffless, yet plush toy is the perfect size for little dogs like Rocco or larger pups alike. And thanks to its unique “Chew Guard Technology” and reinforced seams it’s practically indestructible, which for dog parents means it won’t turn into shreds on day one. The best part, however, is the toy’s squeaker — it feels like one but doesn’t sound like one!
According to the description, it’s an “ultrasonic, silent squeaker that only dogs can hear.” How is that possible? Hear Doggy’s squeakers are tuned to a frequency between 24 and 28 kilohertz, which is practically silent to humans. Since pups can hear up to 45 kilohertz, they’ll still get all the squeaky-fun out of this toy. Rocco can have the same fun experience of squeaking for what feels like hours, and I can get some quiet time.
“Chew Guard technology definitely works! My dog loves to chew on his toys and usually tears any new soft toy to pieces in an evening. He has been able to chew off the arms and tails of these style toys, but can’t get through the head and body! I love not having to pick up pieces of stuffing and fabric shreds nightly,” raves one Amazon 5-star review. “Plus the ultrasonic squeaker is terrific! When I squeeze it, all I hear is a soft “whoosh” of air, but my dog perks right up and comes looking! It’s great to be able to hear the tv at night without constant squeaks punctuating the dialogue.”
Rocco’s ears perked up — literally — when he heard the rustling of my unboxing, and as soon as he caught a glimpse of a flatty, his eyes lit up with joy and his tail wagged like crazy. The HearDoggy flatty felt very sturdy and well-made, and it was the perfect size for little Rocco.
As soon as he got his paws on the cow, he was off, zooming up and down the house, full of excitement. He finally stopped, shook it like a rag doll and trotted over to his bed to move on to the squeaking phase of playtime. Rocco squeaked and squeaked — but I didn’t hear a sound, just small whiffs of air when I got close up. He was just as excited as he usually is with his regular, very loud squeaky toys. And I loved every minute of it!
I caught up on some reading, watched an episode of my favorite show and caught up with my mom on FaceTime with zero interruptions. Rocco was happy as a clam, running around with his new favorite flatty for over an hour.
It’s been about two weeks now and much to my delight, it’s his new go-to flatty from the bin of toys. Who knows if he’ll ever grow tired of it, but either way, I think I love this squeakless toy more than Rocco.
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