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    Hi all hope someone can help over the last 3 weeks peggy sue has developed an obsession with sniffing everything, it started of that she would spend hours sniffing the bottom of one radiator, its now gone to every radiator in the house every cupboard, eveyones shoes every body basically everything she comes into contact with shes sniffing constantly and i dont no why she has started this, i understand dogs sniff ect but this is excessive, we tell her to stop when shes doing it she will stop but just moves to a new object to sniff can any one shed some light on this please as driving me crazy

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    a lot of Bulldogs have a high level of OCD and this may be her thing... as you stated, it is what a dog does - sniff- it is how the say hello, identify things and relate. She is not hurting anything so try to ignore and she if she stops on her own.... if she is bored, maybe tlk her for an extra walk or have a play session to distrated her
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    Thank you yes shes defo OCD about it ill give what you said a try and see what happens

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    Here is an article I found at Canine Behavior: sudden onset of constant sniffing, physical coordination, lack of appetite which may help. I will also tag some ohter members who may know.

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    Dogs sniff, it's like us reading and using the computer. It keeps the day exciting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjisaterp View Post
    Here is an article I found at Canine Behavior: sudden onset of constant sniffing, physical coordination, lack of appetite which may help. I will also tag some ohter members who may know.
    Many thanks will take a read

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    Quote Originally Posted by dolphin View Post
    Dogs sniff, it's like us reading and using the computer. It keeps the day exciting!
    Hi yes I understand that but it really is obsessive she will stand at 1 radiator or whatever she wants to sniff and if allowed would stand sniffing it for a good half hour then move on to the next thing and do the same it's definitely not normal behaviour

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracematt View Post
    Hi yes I understand that but it really is obsessive she will stand at 1 radiator or whatever she wants to sniff and if allowed would stand sniffing it for a good half hour then move on to the next thing and do the same it's definitely not normal behaviour
    She'll grow out of it, but Roger has you covered with that link and Christine is right about bullies being OCD. Good luck!!

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    What would trigger this I'm in the UK and where we live chances of any animals being around to spook her is 0 she still eats and listens to commands etc nothing else odd but the sniffing strange it's recently started. I have also noticed since the sniffing started that her breathing is also louder could it be something to do with this maybe her nose is blocked or something perhaps so she's having to sniff more I could be just clutching at straws

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracematt View Post
    Hi yes I understand that but it really is obsessive she will stand at 1 radiator or whatever she wants to sniff and if allowed would stand sniffing it for a good half hour then move on to the next thing and do the same it's definitely not normal behaviour
    Does she stop at anytime (i.e. eat, play)? You did mention you called her and she stopped temporarily. In an article I read this behavior is limiting stress of some sort. Is anything you changed in the house? new soap or detergent used on floor and or rugs? Are the radiators making noise of have they just been painted? Something is causing Peggy Sue to be anxious and her sniffing is a form of relieving that anxiety.

    When you call her and she stops reward her for stopping. If it continues I would go see your vet. I hope this helps. Please keep us posted.

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    If you recently turned on the radiator because it's gotten cold this winter it may be triggering that response too. I agree giving her treats when she does stop sniffing will definitely help. She may also be telling you something maybe wrong with the radiator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjisaterp View Post
    Does she stop at anytime (i.e. eat, play)? You did mention you called her and she stopped temporarily. In an article I read this behavior is limiting stress of some sort. Is anything you changed in the house? new soap or detergent used on floor and or rugs? Are the radiators making noise of have they just been painted? Something is causing Peggy Sue to be anxious and her sniffing is a form of relieving that anxiety.

    When you call her and she stops reward her for stopping. If it continues I would go see your vet. I hope this helps. Please keep us posted.
    Hi she stops for eating and playing etc it's only when she's not doing those things she's sniffing constantly nothing has changed at all in the house we also thought something may be wrong with the radiators so had them checked and all is fine but it's gone from the radiators to anything in her sight or in front of her nose and if nothing is avaliable to sniff then she happily sniffs the air is just don't get it at all as you say it's obviously a stress thing but have no idea what's causing the stress. I will try treats but am going on a vet trip just to be sure nothing underlying is happening thank you all and will keep you posted

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