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Jmoore728 03-24-2014 09:27 PM

Is this normal...? Video attached
 
Before I give my opinion/educated guess on this, can someone explain to me what's going on here? ..He does this all the time...Only with this bedding....He also goes to town on it....Might not be of any importance, or a stupid question, but I'm just wanting to know what's going on....My dog thinking ability is limited. School me please

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ZoeD1217 03-24-2014 09:36 PM

First.... He's adorable! ! My Zoe does that with her blanket....it's like she's sucking on it almost and the corner she does it to is not Shredded but incredibly worn down with tiny holes. She also bunches sheets/towels up and tries to hump them.

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SunCzarina 03-24-2014 10:16 PM

You need to go on amazon.com, select Fidelco guide dogs as a smile rewards beneficiary and buy more appropriate chew toys?

https://www.fidelco.org/AmazonSmile

Neko 03-24-2014 10:19 PM

Buy him some natural cotton ropes, Zeus chews his rope like that with back teeth. i bet his back teeth are coming in still and applying pressure helps him with pain.

zyppi 03-24-2014 10:51 PM

Jack has been doing this since he was a puppy - still doing it after many years.
"Nurses" the fur off his toys"
http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k1...DSC_0002-4.jpg

Jmoore728 03-24-2014 11:35 PM

He has many, many chew toys, bones, etc....It appears all his teeth are up...I will have to confirm the far back teeth,,,I'm not 100%... He will usually wad the bed up and hump it, then he starts this mouthing thing.....I will hit Pet Sense up tomorrow to get him a couple things in case his back teeth aren't fully in.

Neko 03-24-2014 11:58 PM

I would not be too worried, super cute!

Jakesworld 03-25-2014 12:24 AM

I had a GSD that sucked on his teddy his whole life. He was extremely intelligent, stable, loyal and protective. I always thought it was because he was weaned young, but maybe not. He also would bring teddy to bed. He lived a long life, and was buried with "teddy" since he loved him so much. Now, we have a 8 month old GSD, Jake, I saw him suckin on a stuffed toy a few weeks ago. But just that once. We also have a shihtzu, he sucks on his stuffed squirrel all the time. Our other two dogs (both females) don't . So, I think it's not that uncommon. No worries.

JeanKBBMMMAAN 03-25-2014 08:25 AM

It's not truly normal. It's called blanket sucking and it can be an OCD behavior. There seems to be a genetic basis for it. Click below for more.

Help for OCD Dogs - Whole Dog Journal Article

Obsessive Compulsive Behavior in Dogs - Whole Dog Journal Article

Interesting article all around (4 years old): http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/sc...dogs.html?_r=0

Dogs, humans affected by OCD have similar brain abnormalities | Tufts Now

Old post: http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...s-chasers.html

Jmoore728 03-28-2014 04:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JeanKBBMMMAAN (Post 5263842)
It's not truly normal. It's called blanket sucking and it can be an OCD behavior. There seems to be a genetic basis for it. Click below for more.

Help for OCD Dogs - Whole Dog Journal Article

Obsessive Compulsive Behavior in Dogs - Whole Dog Journal Article

Interesting article all around (4 years old): http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/sc...dogs.html?_r=0

Dogs, humans affected by OCD have similar brain abnormalities | Tufts Now

Old post: http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...s-chasers.html

Interesting articles. After reading I've been paying attention. This isn't something that he does all the time. He might do it a couple times a day, but usually only after he attempts humping his bed. I will keep an eye on the behavior.


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