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04-09-2014 11:20 PM
KZoppa I've never seen an anxious dog do it. It's, as Jane said, a sign of affection.

My brother in laws dog does it to Zena and he does it to Shasta when he gets the chance. Makes me furious too because it messes up their coat and takes forever to come back in. Zena's permanently short in spots because the darn dog isn't discouraged from doing it and her coat will never grow back in now even if he were stopped from grooming her.

I can understand why the other owners are mad about it. Its frustrating. You send your dog in to a place they're supposed to be okay at and come home with a new hair cut from another dog that wasn't ordered.

He is being affectionate to those dogs he likes and prefers but he damages their coat and therefore should be discouraged from it. Dax tries it but he's really rough about it so I discourage him from doing it. Shasta never has.
04-09-2014 11:14 PM
lennyb Both my boys do this to each other to everyone in the family. It is definitely affection based. After they groom you for a minute or two they'll lay their heads on your lap and drift off to sleep.
04-09-2014 11:07 PM
onyx'girl
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Originally Posted by Susan_GSD_mom View Post
We always called those little bites "groomy bites", and even horses do them, including newborn foals. They're meant to be friendly, not mean, but they certainly can pinch and hurt. I never corrected my dogs, though, because it is a sign of affection. Watch horses at pasture, and you will see them grooming mutually, usually on the withers and neck.
I saw two horses doing that last weekend at Starry Skies Equine Rescue and Sanctuary
I wanted to take photo's of them, it was so sweet!
04-09-2014 11:03 PM
Susan_GSD_mom We always called those little bites "groomy bites", and even horses do them, including newborn foals. They're meant to be friendly, not mean, but they certainly can pinch and hurt. I never corrected my dogs, though, because it is a sign of affection. Watch horses at pasture, and you will see them grooming mutually, usually on the withers and neck.
04-09-2014 11:01 PM
GatorBytes My guy does this to unshaven men's chins...he'll start with kisses and then nibbles and kisses again (if he likes them)...no anxiety at all...

If he doesn't trust, then he would take a lick or two and then bark in their face and back up (he would then be told to go lie down - dog that is)
04-09-2014 10:34 PM
mydogs Using his flea teeth he's showing affection


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04-09-2014 06:54 PM
David Taggart In humans, acknowledge, picking at each other skin like apes is a rite of passage only the most intimate couples partake in. Though, there is a psychological problem ( not yours as an owner, it doesn't concern other dogs directly and definitely not their owners, and has nothing to do with anxiety), it concerns your dog inner self only, because connected to the sense of imperfection of own self, and, in human, often associated with a perculiar subject which is called "Girl Code" or "Guy Code" Urban Dictionary: Girl Code.

I suggest you to change his environment, it also could be a good idea to make time-out for him before you put him into another daycare centre. He needs attention from his kind, and simple walks in public places mayprovide that confidence.
04-09-2014 06:47 PM
Mikelia I've always called it neetering because they neeter neeter neeter lol. I also believe it is a sign of affection and a happy mood. Eli does it to the cats all the time. My gsd growing up would do it on command if she was excited. My dogs have always stopped when I asked them to, it's not a bad behaviour and they are happy to usually lick whatever they are neetering instead.
04-09-2014 05:57 PM
ApselBear Apsel does this to me when I scratch just the right spot. Maybe he's trying to return the favor for me, but I've been working to break him of this as he did accidentally pinch a little too hard once. I haven't seen him do it to our heelers, but wouldn't be surprised if he does. I see no anxiety in my dog either.
04-09-2014 05:30 PM
LinnMurr Thank you for the quick reply Onyx- That makes sense to me as well. He does it to the dogs he prefers to be with.
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