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Old 11-03-2012, 02:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So... When moxie is cuddling with me or trying to get my attention she nibbles on me like she's eating a corn on the cob. What is she doing? It doesn't hurt and she doesn't really bite it's just a series of quick little nibbles with her front incisors. She does it to her blanket too when she's settling in for a nap.

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Old 11-03-2012, 03:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Mine sometimes does it when playing and that's a perfect description - like eating corn on the cobb. I thought it was just a weird Gabby quirk. I would also be interested to know what exactly that means.
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My GSD used to do that! Duke doesn't do it. I'm not sure if it means anything specifically...


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Old 11-03-2012, 08:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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all of mine nibble like that on us and on each other usually before cuddling or if we arent getting the "message" to let us know there is still an "issue " that we havent fixed (usually "you havent scratched where I wanted you to" ) we call them love nibbles
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Kippah does that I call it corn cobbing. Gouda never did so when Kippah first did it I was like WTH? lol
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It is called corn cobbing and is an affection thing.. is too funny unless it gets to hurting,, I cannot stop laughing when mine do it.. Bella and Blue are the ones who do that...
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:11 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Awe... my heart just melted a little learning that it's an affection thing. <3 I will admit- with her obnoxious puppy stage I was starting to think she hated me. haha
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Jesse does that when she wrestles with us. She NEVER bites us. But she will always corn cob us. It is so funny!
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It's a form of social grooming (we call it "flea biting" in our house). Just like monkeys will pick pests off each other, dogs flea bite those they live with as a sign they care about the other person/animal. It's bonding time, a submissive gesture, and love all rolled into one great little action.
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Corn cobbing! Bosley does it to both myself and my husband.

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