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04-07-2014 05:10 AM
BorderKelpie I have nothing of value to add, just wanted to say cute pup and I LOVE the photobombing kid. lol
(I'm usually not a huge fan of people pups, either)
04-02-2014 10:15 PM
bearmyth thanks for the articles!
I'm struggling with my dog's OCD behaviors, and the more I know, the better I understand it.
04-02-2014 10:13 PM
bearmyth
is this normal/blanket sucking

My 2 year old GSD did it all the time up until just recently. He would blanket suck his bedding, the couch, anything soft. It was always accompanied by whining, as if he was distressed or anxious. The video of your dog looks EXACTLY like what my dog does.
I made the mistake of playing with a laser pointer with him one day, and that has now led to the OCD behavior of chasing shadows and light reflections.
The blanket sucking has taken second place to shadow chasing, his main obsession.

I wish I would have known about the connection between OCD and behavior like blanket sucking when he was a pup. I know the earlier you treat OCD behaviors, the more likely you are to stop them.

And knowing that I had a dog with OCD, I would never have introduced a laser pointer into his world!
04-02-2014 09:20 PM
mydogs 2 of my dogs do it all the time with their blankets. It's comforting to them. They fall asleep doing it


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03-28-2014 05:45 AM
Jmoore728
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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.
03-25-2014 09:25 AM
JeanKBBMMMAAN 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
03-25-2014 01:24 AM
Jakesworld 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.
03-25-2014 12:58 AM
Neko I would not be too worried, super cute!
03-25-2014 12:35 AM
Jmoore728 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.
03-24-2014 11:51 PM
zyppi Jack has been doing this since he was a puppy - still doing it after many years.
"Nurses" the fur off his toys"
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