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Q: Puppies

February 22, 2009 | By jennifer r. | 4 answers | Expired: 1967 days ago

jennifer r.

I am fostering week old puppies and they keep trying to suckle on each other (mom got hit by a car) and these were brought to the shelter. How do I get them to stop sucking on each others privates? I really don't want then going potty in their siblings mouths.

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Pam P.
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Feb 22, 2009

I have a similar problem so I am interested in seeing what people say. I have 2 rescue dogs (brother and sister) that was also taken from mom too young and when playing they always bite onto each others privates sometimes sucking for a second but not like for food like playing. It is embarrassing especially with company and we always try to get them to stop but I wonder if it is something with the leaving mom too soon thing.

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amari h.
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Feb 22, 2009

well first u can serpate them from each other and give them doggy milk and maybe it will help

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Julee C.
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Feb 22, 2009

When I bred Huskies and Chihuahuas, they did this to each other even though Mom was around. I think it is just the suckling instinct which yours are really experiencing since Mom is gone. Separating them would be an option, but I know they need each other for warmth. Possibly, feeding more often (I KNOW it's a pain) would be a better option. I don't believe it is really harmful though, unless one gets too irritated in that area. They are just looking for comfort. Hope this helps. Julee

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