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Old 02-27-2010, 08:52 PM   #1
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"Special needs dog"

Three years ago I got a Boston terrier from a high kill shelter. The only info I got was she was a throw away from a puppy mill, (guess she didn't have enough output), she had lived for three years in a 2'X2'X2' cage and I should expect some 'issues'.
The first two weeks were the worse she jumped from the couch to chairs to the top of the dinning room table breaking lamps, dishes you name it. She at first tore up every loose pillow in the house. Scaring the tar out of my other babies, but she showed no aggresion whatsoever.
After the initial few nerve wracking weeks things got better, she didn't cower in the corner and pee all over herself when ever we tried to get near.
At this time she is velcro, loves being petted, the best dog when it comes to not going potty in the house and all around sweet thing... BUT here is the one big issue she still has. She must have a stuffed animal at all times, she sucks on it, carries it all over and sleeps with it between her front paws. Then suddenly she kills it and our home is full of stuffing. She shreads it, then if I don't have a replacement, bed pillows are next.
I have learned to keep a stash of toys, or else. Even my handicapped son calls her "a special needs dog" (they have a great bond).
Does anyone have any idea why she has to suck on a toy only to kill it later?
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:20 PM   #2
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Sounds like a stressed out pooch to me! Poor thing. The suckling is something I can relate to. Mozie suckled several holes in my bedspread when he first came home. Monte also suckles the throw I have on the couch and he's got an orange wiggly-giggly ball he carries everywhere with him. Since you've already had her for three years it doesn't seem like she's gonna get out of it on her own. She might need some doggy nerve pills or a dap collar. Try to get her off the stuffies and onto a hard rubber toy. Mine also do not have access to bedrooms unless I'm with them. Baby gates everywhere!
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:38 AM   #3
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Sounds like a stressed out pooch to me! Poor thing. The suckling is something I can relate to. Mozie suckled several holes in my bedspread when he first came home. Monte also suckles the throw I have on the couch and he's got an orange wiggly-giggly ball he carries everywhere with him. Since you've already had her for three years it doesn't seem like she's gonna get out of it on her own. She might need some doggy nerve pills or a dap collar. Try to get her off the stuffies and onto a hard rubber toy. Mine also do not have access to bedrooms unless I'm with them. Baby gates everywhere!
We have hard toy's too. It actually looks like we have kids in the house again. Yes, she still has some problems but she is on my lap every evening and I just love the little sweetie. She tries so hard to please all of us. She just is quirky I guess. We do have a baby gate so she can't get downstairs. She likes the cats litter box. Yuck. If anyone thinks dogs are treated well in a puppymill they should have seen her when we first got her, lost chunks of dry fur, face all red from rubbing her face on the metal bars, now she glows!
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Considering her history or neglect and abuse, if the only thing she does is the occassionaly toy-a-cide then consider yourself lucky. I agree with MT3 that it is stress related. Do you have an no door kennel which she can come and go to when she is feeling stressed? It may sound counter to giving her her freedom but sometimes it is too much freedom or open space that can be stressful for these pups. Give her a space that allows her to hide, maybe even cover it with a towel or blanket so that she can come and go freely when stressed.

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Old 03-01-2010, 11:17 PM   #5
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I don't know much about the subject myself, but I remember a link about it being posted on another forum and thought it might be some help to you. Here it is: http://www.dogbehaviour.com/articles...ectsucking.htm
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:27 PM   #6
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Considering her history or neglect and abuse, if the only thing she does is the occassionaly toy-a-cide then consider yourself lucky. I agree with MT3 that it is stress related. Do you have an no door kennel which she can come and go to when she is feeling stressed? It may sound counter to giving her her freedom but sometimes it is too much freedom or open space that can be stressful for these pups. Give her a space that allows her to hide, maybe even cover it with a towel or blanket so that she can come and go freely when stressed.

Just a thought.
We have a crate in the walk in closet and the door is always left open during the day. When she gets a little weird I will find her in there sleeping. Most times though, she will knock down my husbands coat and make it into a nest. I agree, a occasional snow shower in the house with stuffing all over is a small price to pay. She tries so hard now to please. Try to get her to do a trick and you just can't say "Good girl" or she wags her stumply little tail so hard she looses her balance. She is a hoot!
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I don't know much about the subject myself, but I remember a link about it being posted on another forum and thought it might be some help to you. Here it is: http://www.dogbehaviour.com/articles...ectsucking.htm
This was the best article I have seen on the subject. I like it! Who cares why, if it makes her happy and more relaxed I will keep getting her toys. Thank goodness warm weather is around the corner, the Flea Market is usually a great place to pick these up. Don't worry, I never get anything with plastic eyes!
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This was the best article I have seen on the subject. I like it! Who cares why, if it makes her happy and more relaxed I will keep getting her toys. Thank goodness warm weather is around the corner, the Flea Market is usually a great place to pick these up. Don't worry, I never get anything with plastic eyes!
Glad it helped! Heheh ya stay away from plastic eyes, when Junior gets a chew toy its the first thing he chews off, so I always keep an eye on him.
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Old 03-04-2010, 10:59 PM   #9
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poor lil one for being abused before. glad she has such a great owner like you now it seems!

i just read that article as well and it is quite interesting. *thumbs up*
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