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"Bello is the first dog I have had, so there was much I didn't know about dogs. Bello is a very smart and friendly dog, but as he started growing up (he is 18 months old now), he developed this quite idiosyncratic characteristic of taking matters into his own paws, so to speak. More specifically, he barks at and tries to scare other male dogs or some strangers he considers dangerous, although he's told not to.
On one such occasion, I almost lost hold of the leash, and he seemed to be close to attacking a male poodle. That's when I decided to look for help. I searched the web for books about dogs, and Sitstayfetch caught my eye. I'm very happy I purchased and read it. I realized that the problem lay with me. I knew nothing about the importance of conveying to him that I was the alpha dog. For example, I was completely unaware that I had to go through doorways first; instead, I always let him go first. This is but one of the useful tips I got from Sitstayfetch, and they have all helped me greatly in the past two months to establish a better and healthier relationship with Bello. I only wish I had gotten the book when Bello came to live with me 16 months ago."
-- Antonino Gulli
My dog Jill, half Bichon & half Pekingese, had to be taken away from her mother when she was a week old. Her mother got very sick and couldn't nurse the puppies. So I bottle fed her with a small pet bottle. When she was almost a year old I got her a furry toy with a narrow nose. She started nursing on it. After a while I took it away from her and she seemed to be okay. Now she got another toy and is doing the same thing! Should I take it away from her or let it go. I work long days, but she does have toys. She has never gone for squeaky toys as she won't bite down on them.
Hi there Cheryl,
Thank you for your email regarding your mix-breed Jill and her toy nursing! I personally do not see any problem with a one year old dog "nursing" on a soft toy. The fact it looks like Jill is nursing is probably due to the fact that the way she plays with this toy "feels nice" rather than it being some sort of strange nursing behavior. The only thing I would be worried about is Jill choking on a toy, however if they are soft toys she is playing with then I would not worry at all. If this behavior really does bother you for some reason, then you could potentially take these sorts of toys away. However, if they keep her entertained for a day while you are a work, then this is excellent! So often we get emails from dog owners who have destructive dogs while they are away at work. Having Jill so interested in this toy is a good thing and will help keep her entertained during the day. You should perhaps think of getting Jill spayed soon however, and this may help decrease the behavior you are seeing. I have a Bichon myself who loves carrying soft toys around in her mouth as though they were pups - and yet she is spayed. I think it is a comfort thing and it must feel nice for them, and definitely not something to be concerned about at all.
I hope this has been helpful for Jill and yourself! Please let us know how you get on!
Daniel Stevens and the Secrets to Dog Training Team
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