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Old 06-24-2009, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Okay, I have a German Shepherd who I play games with alot, one of our favorites being "hot and cold" where I put her in a separate room while I hide a stuffed toy, let her out and then say "hot" and "cold" as she searches for it. Usually she has two or three turns before she has had enough. But then, she does the strangest thing: after she has found the toy, and she no longer wishes to continue playing, she will go to lie down, toy in her mouth, and then "mouth" it while lying down--just lie there, usually with it in between her paws, with her mouth all around it. She actually does it after most of our games. Why does she do this?
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Greater Los Angeles area (unfortunately)
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Lots of dogs will do this with their toys. Many of them go on to start shredding the toys, tearing the little fluff stuffing out and all that. I assume that this goes way back to instinctual behavior where your dog thinks that she's found a "trophy" kill and is preparing it for eating (I've read that is why they pull apart toys; it simulates removing flesh/sinew from food).

It's totally normal dog behavior. I see it all the time with mine.
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:52 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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Lots of dogs will do this with their toys. Many of them go on to start shredding the toys, tearing the little fluff stuffing out and all that. I assume that this goes way back to instinctual behavior where your dog thinks that she's found a "trophy" kill and is preparing it for eating (I've read that is why they pull apart toys; it simulates removing flesh/sinew from food).

It's totally normal dog behavior. I see it all the time with mine.

which is precisely why bailey gets no more plush toys..... i even spent $8-9 on one made for "aggressive chewers" one time.... took her 45 minutes to totally destroy that one as opposed to the 20 minutes or so for the regular ones...... it was getting ridiculously expensive......
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:58 PM
 
Location: California
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My Goldens do this all the time. Mine don't shred tho...just mouth...and slime it to death.
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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My APBT destroys anyting and everything with any kind of fluff or foam in them. He even gets the twisted rope toys after a while. I agree with all the above about prey.
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Rural New Mexico
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Lots of dogs will do this with their toys. Many of them go on to start shredding the toys, tearing the little fluff stuffing out and all that. I assume that this goes way back to instinctual behavior where your dog thinks that she's found a "trophy" kill and is preparing it for eating (I've read that is why they pull apart toys; it simulates removing flesh/sinew from food).

It's totally normal dog behavior. I see it all the time with mine.
Wondered about this behavior, too. My last dog, a female yellow lab/shepard mix always did this with her stuffed ducks and birds--but then she would whimper when they squeaked (?).
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:35 AM
 
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We finally gave up on the stuffed toys around here. The stuffing, or as we call it, fairy poop, is such a pain to clean up! Still, it's hard to resist those cute toys, and they love tearing them up so much. Will I break my vow never to clean up fairy poop again? Most likely On a different topic, does anyone have an idea about a really tuff toy that would last perhaps more than 10 minutes with a Great Dane? He's 8 months now and he killed a Kong. Has anyone tried the fire hose toys with any success?
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:49 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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fairy poop.... good one!!

and he destroyed a KONG?? was it one of the black ones??

i think that the toy for aggressive chewers i got for bailey that time was the "firehose" material..... didn't last long for her..... but maybe if you try one that is not filled with a squeaker and fairy poop, it might last longer......
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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I always played with tennis balls. They don't last a long time, but I used to buy them at the local second hand store for about 25 cents. I raised St Bernards and they like to play with you rather than hunt so they would always bring it back and then we would play hide and seek games that they loved.
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:46 AM
 
Location: NJ
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my last australian shepherd used to destroy lots of toys but the soft toys she would fall in love with and protect for some reason. my current aussie isnt as much of a chewer as my last one, she often lays there holding the soft toy in her mouth pressing down and relieving pressure over and over. we are also curious why she does that.
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