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My girl Bella has a strange behavior. I have a ?

Only with men does she do this. She will chew on their arm hairs, especially DH. It is that little nipping chewing action. She will chew up and down his arm until we make her stop. We were laughing until our stomachs hurt last night watching her.

Does anyone else have a hav that does this? Any idea why?
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Only with men does she do this. She will chew on their arm hairs, especially DH. It is that little nipping chewing action. She will chew up and down his arm until we make her stop. We were laughing until our stomachs hurt last night watching her.

Does anyone else have a hav that does this? Any idea why?
Like chewing kernels off an ear of corn?? Sorry, that is the visual I got when reading this. We just have licking going on, ears, feet, hands and face and usually when I have been working out in the yard and come in all sweaty and dirty - yes, gross, I know!!

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Jack likes licking the sweat off the hubby's hairy legs after he works out but I don't think it is the same thing.

Is it just your hubby? Maybe he uses a different shampoo, soap or lotion that she loves.

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oh my! Mine love to lick legs and toes, I havent noticed the arm hair thing. BUT, they LOVE to lick and/or bite hair. When they are around my fiance they lay near his head and lick it and give him kisses. When they are around me (or any girl with long hair) they will bite and pull at it

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Exactly! The ear of corn thing!! That is what had us laughing so hard last night. And no it isn't just DH. It is any male sitting down low enough she can get ahold of arm hair and/or beard hair if they have it!

It is so strange
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Piper would lick the bathroom throw rugs and I didn't realize that she was trying to lick up hair until her poop came out like a string of sausages

I now vacuum every morning after blow drying my hair.

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Ewww....

Nope, can't say Gucci has ever done that, she does like to bite my fingernails and try to rip them off (like a person would do, not ferociously or anything) Which I've always found quite peculiar, but no hair nipping or sweat fetish.. lol
That would entail having to floss her teeth thereafter...
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Alfie is an ear nibbler. It's quite funny because he will give crazy kisses to your face, but when he gets to your ear, he nibbles at it- and it tickles!
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[QUOTE=ma2bella;358317]Only with men does she do this. She will chew on their arm hairs, especially DH. It is that little nipping chewing action. She will chew up and down his arm until we make her stop. We were laughing until our stomachs hurt last night watching her.

Does anyone else have a hav that does this? Any idea why?[/QUOTE

This sounds like a displacement behavior. Generally these behaviors are behaviors that are out of context. Example , you are training your dog and right in the middle of it they sit and lick their genitals or they yawn. They can be self directed or redirected. They generally indicate an uncomfortable feeling with the current situation. Although your dog may seem comfortable to a degree with these men, she still might be unsure of the situation. Lots of dogs have an aversity to men LOL. And that may have something to do with it. I would not punish it in any way. I would also not encourage it. It can lead to an obsessive type thing. What you want to do is distract her and get her to offer a different behavior. Funny about the timing of your post. I was just thinking of doing a post on this topic. Stay tuned , it will be called Displacement Behavior. People do this too.

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That's a new one for me and I've experience a lot with my troops. I'd be curious whether others have the same experience. Ruby has this new habit. When we go to bed she jumps up above my head on the pillow, snuggles in and starts licking and "grooming" my hair. Maybe it's payback for the combing out of her endless and growing bigger ever day mats.

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