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    We have a one year old black lab. Sweet and also hyper.

    My problem is - he loves to chew on stuffed animals, while rubbing the animals up against our legs. It drives us crazy because it is wet and gross and very unpleasant. Nothing we do can make him stop this behavior! Otherwise, he usually listens to us, but this behavior is unstoppable. He was a newborn puppy when his dog mom died, so I'm wondering if it has something to do with that.

    Please tell us what to do!

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    it's just annoying doggy behavior...put up the stuffed animals when you're around if it bugs you.
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    Are you playing with him and exercising him enough?
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    We live out in the wilderness, so he has acres to run around on with no leash. But he prefers to hang out in the house with us and won't really go outside to exercise unless we take him out. I usually mow some of our lawn every day and he likes to run circles around me as I do that, and he goes running with my husband. As temperatures have been over 100 lately, we haven't really been outside as much as we usually are, but he has always done the stuffed animal thing.

    I suppose if it's normal dog behavior, we will just have to put up the stuffed animals.

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    Even if he's got lots of room to run around, dogs are social by nature and need attention from their owners. Try setting aside some time to actively play with him and walk him while at the same time discouraging him from rubbing his toys on your leg. Taking the stuffed animals away might not be a bad idea. Have you tried that yet?

    Also, if he got separated from his mom too young, it could cause some anxiety or attachment issues. I've seen it before, but it's usually dealt with easily enough. Watch that Dog Whisperer guy, I learned a lot from watching him troubleshoot bad dog and owner behaviors.
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    Yeah I vote just put away the stuffed animals and give him bones or something. Slobbery fluff is gross! My dog likes to be touching me while chewing on a bone; like laying on my feet. Or go running with him, even off-leash. It's no fun for a dog to go running around however many acres by themselves because of how social they are. :P There are a surprising number of dog behavioral problems that are related to not getting enough exercise (not saying yours are, but in general.)

    What breed is your dog? Or what mix does it look to be? Certain breeds need both exercise and mental stimulation as well.

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    I know a professional dog handler/trainer/watcher type person. Lemme ask him. BRB.

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    Use the old school method. take a newspaper, roll it and beat the dog until it starts to pee. that is ofc after hes been bad
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    Quote Originally Posted by INTP View Post
    Use the old school method. take a newspaper, roll it and beat the dog until it starts to pee. that is ofc after hes been bad
    Ridiculous.

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