Sucking behavior in neonate dogs


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Abstract

The sucking behavior of newborn cocker spaniel puppies was investigated. The conditions selected were (1) dropper, (2) bottle, and (3) breast feeding, starting at birth. The results indicate that non-nutritional sucking takes place in dropper- and bottle-fed puppies but only rarely in nursed puppies. “When the experimenter-fed subjects were returned to the mother, non-nutritional sucking diminished to a great extent and was almost completely extinguished.” The results support the notion that a sucking need exists, but “it is quite possible that the behavior of human infants in response to such a situation as was provided by this experiment might be significantly different from that in dogs.” (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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