Why do dogs suck on blankets?

Walking in on your dog sucking on his/her blanket may seem cute at first, but to some people, it may be a cause for alarm, especially if we’re talking about an adult dog.

However, the reason for this behavior is not boredom but something much more profound. And it may actually astonish you when you learn what it is because it will show you how similar our two species actually are.

But the most important thing to know is that you don’t have to rush to the vet’s office or anything of the sort. This is more of a psychological issue.

So, let’s dive deeper into this interesting story.

Why does my dog suck on blankets?

There are many possible reasons why a dog may suck on his blanket, but most of them stem from their very early puppyhood when they still had to suck their mom’s milk.

If the mother wasn’t exactly kind and gentle, especially after her milk dried up, this may affect your pup and cause it to suck on a blanket. This behavior is nothing to worry about, mind you, and the best thing you can do is try and make your pet feel loved in their new home.

But to get back to the issue at hand, these are the most common reasons for this type of behavior.

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It represents comfort for your dog

Being close to mom, apart from being close to lunch whenever they get hungry, is a source of comfort for puppies. This helps them deal with unknown sounds and situations while still with their brothers and sisters.

Mom’s fur is soft, warm and comfortable, just like a blanket, so it makes sense that your new pup will attach itself to it once you bring them over to their new home. That’s why it’s always good to have a blanket ready when you introduce a puppy to your house or apartment – it’s not just a form of bed prevention, they will be much calmer because of it.

It’s all mom’s fault

But just because puppies feel the need to huddle closer to their mother when they’re frightened, that doesn’t mean the mom will always be up for this.

As a matter of fact, some dog moms will simply not allow their pups to come closer, especially once they’re out of milk. Some pups will want to nurse even though there is no milk anymore, but their mom may not allow it.



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