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    Default Why does my dog stomp?

    Just curious, why does bernie 'stomp' on things? He does it to creepy crawlies, rodents but doesnt bite?

    He does it during play with me, he'll stomp the ground by or on (OUCH) my feet, and it really hurts! Is he trying to kill my feet perhaps? Its very painful, so i stop and walk off when he does it, yet 4 yrs later, we are still doing it to me.

    And there appears to be a behavioural link in his drop speed and this stomping. Both behaviours are similar, its a sudden rapid movement, where his front feet hit the ground hard together. Either to stomp on something, or to 'jump into a drop'. He's always done this as a pup when learning drop. He jumps into it. Just as he would jump onto prey.

    any thoughts people? any one elses hound doing this?
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    Do you mean like a pounce? So both feet pounce onto something?

    Phi does this when we play, she has done it since she was a pup, I think it is adorable.

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    My dachshund does this on soft things. Like when I put him on the bed, he goes a little nuts and jumps around and digs and slides his head around and he also stands up and 'pounces' landing with all his body weight on his front feet in the same spot and proceeds to dig there. It kinda reminds me of how Arctic foxes and polar bears hunt through the ice.

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    You mean like this?

    It is a natural behaviour that comes from the hunt...Of course dogs will use it in play as everything used in play is directly connected to most survival things.

    Tessa also has the instant drop.......Sometimes when you say "drop", she so quick, you have to stop really quick yourself.

    Tessa also pounces on toys, but never on feet...that is only because Tessa is very polite around humans Unlike Lukey, who will occasionally have your feet in the way, in a friendly kind of way






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    *sigh*
    I just so adore your dogs Newf

    Sorry Bern lol!!
    And yes , Tonka does it also
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    My old dog used to only do it if she was hunting for rodents in the grass. I used to love watching that pounce. As far as I know, she only once caught a mouse like that! Which I then had to finish off...

    Banjo only pounces on my daughter if she hides under the doonah. And then tries to dig her out. I have quite a few tears in my doonah cover now...

    It is probably the most exiting part of the hunting behaviour to most dogs. That moment when they find out if they can actually catch the prey. The bite and shake after that is probably pretty boring compared to that.

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    Oskar stomps or pounces. Usually on a toy, then shakes the bejeezus out of it.

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    yes, the video shows the same behaviour. And yeah, it makes me smile every time. But im not so keen when he gets my feet.

    Newfsie, Ive not been around newfoundlands in donkeys years. that video, with the newf in the backgroud... Im amazed at how slow they move, its like tai chi!

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    LOL.........Until you meet Katy and Annabelle at full speed.....They are like rhino's and elephants, until they decide to move. Our Zoomies wild and woolly and full speed ahead
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