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Old 01-02-2009, 02:31 PM   #1
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First of all im new to the forum's, just got my first dog with my partner, she is a 8 1/2 week rotty x american bull dog and adorable.

She has a teddy which she grabs in her teeth and shakes violently. is this normal behaviour or should it be discouraged?

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My Sheltie dog does that with her toys and she's 2 yrs old, she grabs hold of her stuffed rabbit and shakes it and flings it up the garden, then goes and fetches it and starts all over again. It doesn't worry me, she's just playing.
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Hi Duncan - it's normal, and it is exactly the same thing they do to kill small animals. One of my dogs does it with stuffed toys and even with his ball. The other dog is a retriever so she just gives toys a dainty shake.
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Thanks for the super fast replies.
Thats reassuring then, i was worried it may lead to trying it out on other dogs and especcially from the mixed breeds dont want that as she is gonna be a big girl, and dangerous if not taught young

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My dog throws her toys around, but when I have had puppies here in the home visiting, she wouldn't dream of doing that with them. Instead, she licks and 'mothers' them.
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Just normal puppy behaviour.

My dog is 3 and he shakes his stuffed toys around. Sometimes you get a flying stuffed reindeer in your lap!

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I think the important thing to teach is that you are able to take it from her. she is only playing but it is an opportunity to set boundaries. She has to leave it when you say and not be allowed to turn it into a game of tug which she will easily win when full grown. She has to be allowed to be a puppy but it is always a good idea to do a little training everyday as pups soon get bored with formal training so use games and rewards to get the required behaviours. The Rottie in her will mean she will sell her soul for a biccie lol

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My GSD pup does that with her knotted rope. We have a tug of war with it and then she takes it away to kill it!!! LOL. My Border Collie did the same when he was a pup and still does.
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Hello and

Killing toys is very normal, Amber is nearly 11 years old and is still shaking pulling and ripping her toys, age has nothing to do with it, and it keeps her happy. She loves playing with tug toys as well.
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max is nearly 8 and is still killing toys. stuffed toys have many stitch marks in them were i have sewn them up.
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