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Unread 08-20-2008, 06:53 AM   #1
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Does anyone else have a dog that does this?

Simba is obsessed with pulling the stuffing out of things, she's got loads of soft toys (she won't pick the rubber ones up ) and as soon as a hole appears she gets totally fixated with just pulling the stuffing out.
She found a hole in the mattress of our futon and had a whale of a time pulling the contents out of it . I no longer have any scatter cushions either!

Is it a psychological thing? Someone told me it's reminiscent of a wild animal gutting its prey... though anyone that knows Simba would laugh at that because her prey drive is about zero! (she ran away from a squirrel recently).

Any suggestions on how to stop her? I'm worried she'll choke on the stuffing, or get it all jammed up inside. I had to pull a load out of her mouth the other day as she started coughing.
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Does anyone else have a dog that does this?

Simba is obsessed with pulling the stuffing out of things, she's got loads of soft toys (she won't pick the rubber ones up ) and as soon as a hole appears she gets totally fixated with just pulling the stuffing out.
She found a hole in the mattress of our futon and had a whale of a time pulling the contents out of it . I no longer have any scatter cushions either!

Is it a psychological thing? Someone told me it's reminiscent of a wild animal gutting its prey... though anyone that knows Simba would laugh at that because her prey drive is about zero! (she ran away from a squirrel recently).

Any suggestions on how to stop her? I'm worried she'll choke on the stuffing, or get it all jammed up inside. I had to pull a load out of her mouth the other day as she started coughing.
Indy is like this too, soft toys die in a matter of seconds! I'm not sure how you'd stop her eating the soft furnishings though, apart from not letting her near them. I think Simba has saved up all her puppy naughtiness for you
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[QUOTE][Indy is like this too, soft toys die in a matter of seconds! I'm not sure how you'd stop her eating the soft furnishings though, apart from not letting her near them. I think Simba has saved up all her puppy naughtiness for you /QUOTE]

She's a little at times, but everytime I catch her and tell her off she just gives me this look like 'What?!' and then gets all cute and wriggly. I can't stay mad!
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Mine are the same way. The goal seems to be to get the squeaky out as soon as possible, then play with it for a while. Then when the novelty wears off, the stuffing gets pulled out.

I haven't tried to stop it as neither Zircon nor Sophia swallow it and it seems to be good fun and entertainment for them. They've only ever done it with their toys and not with pillows or furniture. And when we are shut in because of bitter cold weather it keeps them busy.
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Stuffed toys are my dog's favories to play with, she will chew on a certain area until she makes just a small hole in one end and them remove the stuffing just through that one opening. Thankfully, though, she has always limited this to her toys and not touched any furnishings.
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I have no idea what you're talking about (that's what Dusty would say)
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LOL Cassidy!

Jake also 'disables' his dogs. First of all he makes them blind so that they can't see what he's going to do next. Then he removes their limbs - total dependency or what! After that its the stuffing and the squeaky.

I don't stop him as he never destroys anything else other than his toys. But he doesn't eat the stuffing Mel. It wouldn't be good if he did.

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Simba's just stupid, is the conclusion I've come too. I've started blocking the furniture off when I go out, thing is she won't make the hole to pull the stuffing out. The futon got ripped when we moved and she discovered it had a slight hole... now it has a giant chasm!

I have been a bit worried about the stuffing eating, so much so I've taken away all the soft toys when she's unsupervised. She had an upset tummy at the weekend so I'm just praying she hasn't done herself a mischief!
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Yup, mine are similar to Skunkstripes. They slam that squeeker and then the game is to 'unstuff' the stuffin's out of it. I toss the toys at that point because occasionally there is an inadvertent swallow and we have fluffy poos for a few days.

Ash did go through a phase where he munched the corners off throw pillows. I would give him a dirty look, get out a thread and needle and stitch them shut... only to have him do it again later. We now have eight sided throw pillows! He seems to have outgrown that activity, thank heavens.
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Dusty can only have stuffies at night now when he is by himself in our bedroom because Charley WILL eat the fluff...and the entire toy. For a while I decided I was going to be "green" and recycle the stuffed toys. I would save the stuffing, I bought a huge bag of squeakers off of ebay and I restuffed/resqueaked the toys and sewed them up. Yeah right...after sewing up the same toy about 5 times in one day I decided that my intentions were good but I am not nearly a good enough sewer to warrant spending so much time on that!
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