Is suckling/nursing an issue?

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Hi everyone!

First time poster here!

I have a 15 week old Cockapoo, Pickles, who is wonderful. Generally a great dog, but suffers quite a bit from separation anxiety when it comes to me (not with anyone else in the household).

Our main issue, as the title suggests, is that he suckles/nurses fairly frequently. To begin with when he got him at 9 weeks, he used to do it on my arm, several times a day for long periods of time, and would get distressed if I had to put him down. He would whine and jump up at me so he could continue to do it. That calmed down a bit.

When he’s worked up and has the zoomies he will eventually come to me, normally when I’m cuddled up on the sofa, to nurse again on my arm.

At night, he’s currently in our bedroom (not crated), and sleeps in the bed with us. He does have his own bed on the floor which he has no actual interest in sleeping on. Before he decides to join us in bed, he will lie on his own bed, for quite a long period (about an hour) and suckle/nurse the corner of the bed, and will even whine while doing it.

When doing research about this online, there’s a lot of information about getting them to stop, but I’m not entirely sure if it’s a bad habit or not? He hasn’t ruined or destroyed any objects with his behaviour, and he doesn’t nurse on his own skin or his toys.

I think I just need to know if it’s something that’s an issue (i.e an anxiety thing), if it’s something I need to discuss with the vet, or if it’s just harmless.

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