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Dog Biting Blankets
updated: Jul 25, 2011, 7:22 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

My dog is a 11 yr old chihuahua/daschund mix. He is very well behaved but lately he seems to be biting blankets. Not aggressively at all, just small little bites like he is nibbling on something. He does it on multiple blankets and no we don't have fleas. Any ideas?

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 COMMENT 196567P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-25 07:36 PM

1. Get him a check-up just to rule out pain or discomfort--some dogs displace if they can't reach the place that hurts. Sometimes, it's not pain, but a neurological "tic," or petite seizure. A check-up can assess overall neuro function. 2. make sure he has no fleas, and put him on preventative if he does. If 1 and 2 are OK, then just enjoy his quirky new habit. (And dissuade it if it seems to be excessive or compulsive). Dogs can display OCD, but it's less likely to spontaneously begin in old age.

 

 COMMENT 196582 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-25 07:59 PM

I agree with 567... Time for a vet check.

 

 COMMENT 196628 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-26 06:10 AM

He is clearly bored. Examine in detail your daily routine and interaction with him. Do you give him enough attention? Do you talk to him often? Do you provide an alternative fun activity for him and divert his attention when he starts biting the blanket?

 

 COMMENT 196630P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-26 06:43 AM

You can also ask Sheila on Ventura Edhat. She's an obedience trainer and canine expert. link

 

 COMMENT 196665 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-26 08:12 AM

Maybe he needs to have his teeth - gums checked. You sound like a good dog owner showing your concern.

 

 COMMENT 196683 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-26 08:52 AM

and you consider that very well behaved?

 

 COMMENT 196706 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-26 09:19 AM

My 5 year old Jack Russell does this as well. She usually does it when she is in a playful mood. She also does it to our family's clothed legs, arms etc. She does it to her stuffed toys as well. She is very gentle and just sort of nibbles affectionately and seems very contented while she does it. She never bites. We call it knickering and see it as a sign of affection.

 

 COMMENT 196737 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-26 09:56 AM

My cat starting doing this and it turned out to be her teeth. She had infected gums, she too was getting old.

 

 COMMENT 196782 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-26 11:21 AM

One of my parents dogs does this - he's young, and his sister doesn't do it. My parents think he's cleaning his teeth. I agree with a check up just to rule out teeth/gum problems.

 

 COMMENT 196796 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-26 11:41 AM

I know of three other chihuahuas that do this very same thing! Perhaps it's inherent to the breed?

 

 COMMENT 196801 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-26 12:05 PM

Doggie second childhood

 

 COMMENT 196858 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-26 02:13 PM

Daughter is a vet tech and has a chihuahua who has done this nibbling for most of her 4 years. After some research, the conclusion is that it is a "comfort" thing and very normal. After all, we all like the texture of soft things. At 11 yrs old, a check-up with blood work should rule out other afflictions.

 

 COMMENT 197010 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-26 07:20 PM

does the dog have chew toys appropriate to it's size and age?

 

 COMMENT 197011 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-07-26 07:21 PM

oops--I mean :its

 

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