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Interesting read on thebark.com... Anyone have experience with a Dobie that showed signs of "CCD"? I hope my little one's penchant for preening her new parrot sucky (a stuffingless squeaky bird plush she just adores) isn't an indicator of a brain issue lol


Dog and Human Compulsive Disorders | The Bark

Dog and Human Compulsive Disorders
Similar brain abnormalities in both species
Karen B. London, PhD | June 11, 2013

A new study has found that Doberman pinschers with canine compulsive disorder (CCD) have abnormalities in brain structure that are much like the ones in humans who have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The study, conducted by eleven researchers, is called “Brain structural abnormalities in Doberman pinschers with canine compulsive disorder” and was published in the journal Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry.

The research suggests that more research about anxiety disorders in dogs may be a promising avenue for developing new ways to treat them in people. It also stands to reason that more research about anxiety in people may prove fruitful in finding new ways to alleviate suffering for dogs with similar problems.

Canines with CCD and humans with OCD typically perform repetitive behaviors. In humans, excessive hand-washing and endless checking that appliances are off or that doors are locked are common. In dogs, common behaviors are flank-sucking, blanket-sucking, licking and tail chasing. In both species, anxiety disorders can interfere with quality of life and daily routines, and can also cause injury as skin is chafed and rubbed raw by licking, washing, or sucking.

It’s no big surprise that the brains of affected individuals have similarities. After all, it has been known for a long time that members of both species exhibit related symptoms and respond to the same medications, and that there’s a genetic basis for these disorders in dogs as well as in humans. Still, the discovery that brain abnormalities are also alike adds to our understanding of the parallel nature of anxiety disorders in us and in our best friends.


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Thks tucknroll...now I know the difference between OCD & CCD.
- last girl was a flank sucker with controlled SA
- current girl likes to suck blanket for only a few minutes, right at bed time
Luckliy, neither dobe causes themselves any harm.

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Yes, I have had 2 dobies (both now deceased) that had this type of disorder. One blanket sucker and one compulsive licker. It is very difficult to deal with as attempting to stop the behavior is an exercise in constant frustration.
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Oh yes, Jasmine definitely shows signs of CCD by the way she organizes her toys and sucks on her monkey stuffie. I find OCD to be interesting, and CCD. I find that those who exhibit this behavior have suffered some type of tragedy, loss, accident, etc., and it tends to flare up during periods of high stress. There was also a study about a Doberman named Donny. There was research that suggested that rescues/shelter dogs exhibited CCD more commonly. Is the research you mentioned suggesting that there is a genetic propensity for this behavior?

Very interesting! Thank you for sharing. I just hope this doesn't lead to testing on animals for the sake of research.



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I read this on the National Geographic.

OCD Dogs, People Have Similar Brains; Is Your Dog OCD?

28% of the Doberman in the US are CCD?
I also wonder what happened to those 8 Dobermans.

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Simon was a compulsive licker. We struggled with lick granuloma with him. We actually sent in swabs for the DNA study they are doing on compulsive behaviors.


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