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Old 03-15-2007, 10:00 PM   #1
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Hello fellow dogforum-ers.

I've joined in part because I'm curious. About my dog, that is.

He's a mexican hairless that has an obsession with a particular rawhide. Often he'll bring it near us, chew on it, then look at us and whine. Then chew. Then whine. His devotion to the rawhide is clear and it's apparent that he doesn't wish us to throw it for him to chase. It isn't lost -- it's in his mouth! But it's perplexing because it kindof seems like he wants something. We just can't figure it out. Is he simply crying "tears of joy"? Or does he really just love it so much that he's certain someone else must love it too and is planning to steal it from him?

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Hi Finnigan & welcome to the forum. Great to have you with us. I would love to see pics of your dog. I love those little guys.

As to your question, hmmmmm ... that one is a mystery to me. I've had dogs growl at their toys & bark at their toys & cry when they can't reach their toys but I'm as perplexed as you are.

There are lots of friendly & helpful people here & I'm sure somebody is going to step up with an idea of what this might be all about.
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Isn't there anybody here who has a suggestion as to what this behavior must be?
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Hm, that's kind of an odd one. My dog makes some weird 'whining' noises when she is playing with her toys...kind of like the 'invitation to play' noises she makes at other dogs. But she doesn't involve us at all - it's the 'looking at you', then whining, that makes me think it's something else. Is the rawhide maybe too hard for her, and she is whining because she *really* enjoys it but it's uncomfortable? She's looking to you to 'fix' the problem? Or maybe she wants you to join in...? (I'm getting a mental image of someone trying to do that)

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I'm not sure, but I have some thoughts.

Does your dog do this at about the same time(s) during the day?

How often are you feeding and when? What are you feeding? When does this behavior typically occur?
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Hi Finnigan, and
I have an idea......
Zircon used to do this when he was younger but not anymore. If he had something he really liked, like a chew or other yummy, he would wander around the house whining. What he was doing was looking for a hiding place. I would find these things in the strangest places, not all that well hidden, like under the radiator. Once we found a giant stale chocolate chip cookie in the back corner of DH's closet. What was really strange was that we never have those kind of cookies in the house.
Is your dog perhaps looking for a suitable hiding place for his rawhide?
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Ahhhhhhhhh ... that's a interesting & insightful thought!
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Ha! That's true, Cassie used to do that too (we don't give her rawhides anymore). She would come up to us with it in her mouth, whining, and I would shrug and say "Sorry buddy, you have to find your own hiding spot". So she would go away again and look, and eventually she would come back to us, sans rawhide, looking satisfied. I'd find half-chewed rawhides shoved in the couch and in my laundry basket, lol!
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Ming was doing something similar for a while. He'd get physically tired of chewing and then start wandering trying to figure out what to do with it. He didn't want me to take it away, but didn't want to keep chewing either. Also, early on AuntieLisa had gotten in the habit of wetting one end for him which made it easier for him to start in on it. When I forgot to do that he'd just wander with it and not know what to do. He's not very vocal so he didn't whine. Just go from room to room, bumping into walls with it. I finally told him that he could just get it started himself, he's a big boy and he's got plenty of strength in those teeth now. So he stopped needing me to do that.
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