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Old 08-15-2014, 02:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 9 Month Old - Nursing on bed?

Hi guys,
My dog seems to do this a lot. Where he like sucks bed. Do some of your dogs do something similar? He is a big 9 month old. Long haired GSD.

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My youngster does exactly the same thing. He's just over a year now and has been doing that since we got him at 6 months. He usually does it with his soft toys and doesn't actually make a sucking noise, just holds them like in your picture. If he has no soft toys available, he will use his leg. I have no idea why, but would appreciate some opinions. Is it something I should discourage? It seems harmless and he doesn't do it often. Actually, he seems to be doing it less now than in the past.
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Yea I asked a local trainer too and she basically said if it's not bothering us then he probably is fine but she didn't know why he was doing it either.
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Old 08-15-2014, 06:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It seems like an OCD behavior and I'd be concerned about wear on the teeth. What does his bite look like?
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I can't speak for the other pup, but my pup's bite is fine. He doesn't chew while he's doing this, and there is no wear on the teeth. He just holds his toys like that, with his tongue on them, and is very still and quiet. It seems to soothe him, but that could be my imagination. I've not had any other dog that does that particular behavior.

I'm glad to hear that someone else thinks it's harmless. Thanks for passing that on, but I'll also consider the OCD idea, especially if it gets worse.
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I had a cat that did this and I was told it was because they were taken away from mom to early. They eventually stopped but it took a while. The cat in question was indeed very tiny when he was found dumped in a yard. I don't know if it would be the same for dogs.
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:55 AM   #8 (permalink)
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we used to let our pup do this on soft toys but then we took them away when he started guarding them slightly

i do think its similar to a baby sucking its thumb
we are all mammals and sucking is soothing to us
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