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I have a pug dog who is 9 weeks old, she is obsessed with my panties. When I go to the toilet she follows me and begins to sniff, lick and try to pull my panties away from me. When I get undressed she immediately takes my panties and runs with them. She gets into the dirty laundry basket and strews my panties everywhere.

Why does she do this?? I have even found a pair in her dog crate.

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There's most likely a hormonal reason for this: 9 weeks of age is a neonate.  You are (presumably, if you wear panties = don't mean to be politically incorrect, but really....) young female, running estrogen and progesterone.  The puppy is responding to the scent of hormones because her dam (mother) was running estrogen and progesterone (especially, immediately after whelping, progesterone: does this happen more just before, during and after your menstrual cycle?)

When she follows you into the bathroom: stop her by closing the door, first; second, if you cannot do that, begin to keen (whine profusely as a dog in pain would) the moment she shows any interest in your underwear.  If this does not work (it should, but one never knows), lean toward her, raise your upper and lower lips, and GROWL for a few seconds.  She WILL back off and this will, if done a few times (perhaps even once) discourage her.

Put the dirty laundry basket somewhere she cannot reach (in the tub, for instance, behind the closed bathroom door).  Get undressed behind the closed bathroom door.  Not only is this puppy most likely responding to some strongly acquired, scent related stimulus, but you are inadvertently REWARDING her by playing tug of war, even by yelling; this may have now become a "game" for her.

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I have spent my entire professional life rehabilitating the behavior of the domestic dog and I can answer any question regarding any behavior problem in any breed dog. I have answered more than 5,000 QUESTIONS on this site in the past (almost) eight years. If you are a caring, committed owner and need advice, I'm here for you. I am personally acquainted with my colleagues (Turid Rugaas, Ian Dunbar, etc.) who were members of an elite group in EGroups that I founded: K9Shrinks. THERE ARE NO QUICK FIXES for serious behavioral issues; not only is it unprofessional to offer same, it is also unethical. IF I ASK YOU SUBSEQUENT QUESTIONS, I NEED YOU TO INTERACT WITH ME. More information equals more credible answers and a more successful outcome. If you want ANSWERS THAT WORK, participate in any way I request. I'm quite committed to working on this site for YOUR benefit and the benefit of YOUR DOG. Help me in any way you can.

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30 years of solving serious behavior problems in domestic dogs; expert in dog to human aggression; Internet columnist for ThePetChannel.com for 5 years; former radio talk show host, WHPC.FM, Garden City, NY "Bite Back" (1995 through 2000). List owner, international animal behavior experts, K9Shrinks@egroups.com. Seminar leader: "Operant Conditioning and Learning"; "Aggression in The Domestic Dog"; "Solving Problem Behaviors" -- conducted for various training facilities on Long Island from 1993 through 2000. Former clinical director of "Behavioral Abnormalities" in conjunction with Mark Beckerman, DVM, Hempstead, New York.

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