Does anyone else's dogs to this?

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I don't consider this a problem, but I was just curious if anyone else's dogs suckle on their toys. Andre has started suckling on a new toy I bought him. He has never done this until now. I bought a 12in fleece stuffed bone and all he does is suckle on it. He even kneeds with his paws while doing it. He'll suckle on in til he falls asleep. I've never had a dog that did this before. I've had several cats that did it as kittens, but never a puppy.


These are some pics of Andre suckling his toy. It is kind cute, huh :)

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It's very common.  The sire of my last litter was a big blanket sucker, and my whole litter does the same.  They just ball up a corner and suckle on it.  It used to be funny when I was raising the litter because I'd take them outside to our little puppy playland where they'd expend a lot of energy and when we came back to the whelping box, all 7 of them would rush in, ball up a piece of their fleecie pad and start suckling themselves off to sleep. 

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Harley did that when he was a tiny pup.  Now he is a true dragon slayer, so those blankets and stuffies don't have a chance.

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Mia does the same thing. She will suckle the blanket on our bed until she falls asleep. Only our blanket and nothing else.  By the way, cute pictures and Andres a beauty!

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Cleo is a suckler too, big time.  We bought two fleece throws when we first got her to protect the couches but she claimed them both, now she trails them about with her.  We were at a dog show today and she had her blankies in the car with her.  When he got home I was carrying her blankets into the house when she ran up to me, grabbed one out of my hand and dragged it onto the sofa and began what we call her suck fest.   She is so tired out with the long journey and the showing you can almost see the relief in her eyes that she is on her favourite seat with her favourite blankie.   Camera was handy so here are a couple of photos :)

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I think it's cute :)  Mary, I would have loved to see an entire litter go to town, lulling themselves to sleep!  You should have video taped it!  Things that make you go, AWWW

Oh Scotty, Cleo is beautiful! I didn't realize suckling was such a common activity in Dobermans. It's just too darn cute to these "big bad Dobermans" suckling their little bankies, lol!

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Thanks K-tron, we love her to bits.  Your Andre is a very stiking boy, beautiful.  We had a red boy who looked very like Andre who was a great dog.    Now this sucking blankies it seems they all like fleece, wonder if it is the texture that they like.

That's a good point Scotty about the fleece. This is the first fleece toy I have bought him. Maybe it's because its all warm and cuddly.

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Yea but with Rocky that cute sucking turns quickly into nibbling and you quickly have a small hole that keeps growing...

cute! IMO it is because of the fleece and the softness of it. Our Rosie who mind you is 5 still suckles on her fleece blanket too ;)

@Lori: Lol! Andre doesn't do that with his fleece bone. However, with all his other stuffed toys, he is a true dragon slayer :)

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Jax does it too! I just hate when the sucklings turns in to shaking it side to side and he wants to put that wet toy all over me! 

yeah its cute, till its not!

lol

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What do you do to keep Cleo's coat so shiny?