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 Post subject: Dog ear chewing???
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:04 pm 
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So Chester is like ...obsessed with chewing my mom's dog's ears. She's part beagle so they're big and floppity so I don't blame him for the noms factor but what the fizzle is he doing? I don't think he's hurting her because she doesn't seem distressed while he's doing it but I don't know for sure. She could just be afraid and submissive, I don't speak dog. He doesn't do it aggressively, more like she's his pet and its his job to pet her ears with his tongue. It's really gross though and she'll come in with 90% of her tiny head soaked in dog slobber. How do I curb this behavior without hurting her ears?

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 Post subject: Re: Dog ear chewing???
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:29 pm 
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Maybe you could try putting that bitter apple stuff on her ears to make them taste bad?

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 Post subject: Re: Dog ear chewing???
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:45 pm 
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Yeah but I don't want to put that on her sensitive ear skin lest it gives her hurties. Is that stuff meant to put on skin? What's it made out of? Is it apples? I'm gonna feel dumb if I go read the ingredients and it just says "bitter apples"

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 Post subject: Re: Dog ear chewing???
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It's probably just a play thing if she isn't crying out when he does it. Lola and her doggie BFF love to do this to each other.

But if it's something you really want to try to stop, Bitter Apple is safe for skin. Some trainers suggest spraying it on your hands with puppies that are extra mouthy.


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 Post subject: Re: Dog ear chewing???
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:40 pm 
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We had 4 dachshunds growing up and 2 of them were ear chewers. They would often sit in a circle with 3, one licking the floor, having her ear chewed by the second, and the second's ear being chewed by the third. It was really nasty. We were never really able to get them to stop. I think it was compulsion rather than play though. Oddly, a dog fathered by one of our ear chewers but owned by my grandfather, who had never watched him do it, started doing it herself. Be extra careful when it's cold outside...one went out with a wet ear once and we didn't notice, came back in with it frozen.


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 Post subject: Re: Dog ear chewing???
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:06 pm 
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Yeah but I don't want to put that on her sensitive ear skin lest it gives her hurties. Is that stuff meant to put on skin? What's it made out of? Is it apples? I'm gonna feel dumb if I go read the ingredients and it just says "bitter apples"

I think it's bitter extracts from plants? It's meant to prevent dogs from licking hot spots though, so I hope it doesn't hurt their skin!! I can't remember if I've used it for fur licking...the main thing I got it for was to stop Rhodie from eating my books.

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