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hi again. I hope you don't mind ,but I asked a professional trainer friend about your case. I did so in the hopes that you follow up some how. I know this is not what you want to hear for your new dog but , if what you are saying is accurate, I think this second and much more qualified second opinion is important to consider. Here's her letter to me. ...
If the dog is spending 80% of its time doing this surely its condition is suffering and its quality of life is poor. Perhaps just an exaggeration but if a dog is spending 80% of its day doing this then it is very serious and beyond the remit of anyone other than a clinical behaviourist and/or a veterinary behaviourist.
I would also suggest that she consults with someone urgently. And maybe she should be aware that her vet is not qualified to give behaviour advice unless he/she has extra qualifications to support their assertions. I am concerned that her vet has dismissed this, especially if she provided the description below.
Oral fixations such as sucking, pica etc. can be very serious and be part of compulsive, repetitive behaviour disorders. That he also seems to be ingesting items is worrying too as this obviously can lead to serious situations. True compulsive disorders are anxiety based and are neurological and therefore physiological. This means that treatment starts with medication and modification is used to treat the behavioural manifestations.
I would urge this pet owner to seek further advice. Perhaps you can help her locate a veterinary behaviourist or clinical behaviourist in her area or at least a vet who will consult remotely with a veterinary behaviourist. But I feel that a full consult and careful monitoring of this issue will be required. Ideally she will record the dog in different situations carrying out this behaviour and bring that to the consult.
This is likely a tricky one so I really do hope that they move forward to help this dog.
Wags and Woofs,
Dave and Molly
Ian Dunbar was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from I.P.D.T.A. Here's a picture of me accepting the award on his behalf.
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