Pulling my dogs hair

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Pulling my dogs hair
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hi everyone. i never though i'd do something like this, but i really need to stop. i've struggled with pulling my hair out since 5th grade. after a really hard year, i thought i'd finally beat it. for the last couple years, it's been an on-and-off fight.
i've never had a dog that sheds, but in the last year we have a new dog that does shed. the hair pulls out very easily, but i know that my dog hates it. i can't help myself when i do it. it's the most horrible thing for me because not only am i hurting myself, i'm hurting one of the most important things to me. toby is the sweetest dog ever and i don't ever want to hurt him. please help.

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I understand it's difficult but try to limit the scope to yourself first and not transfer your pulling onto Toby. Try to ask yourself why you are now excessively pulling Toby's hair, and repeatedly/progressively convince yourself that it's an irrational act while you catch yourself pulling Toby's hair, and repeatedly remind yourself out loud it will hurt him in the long run.

Good luck. I'm by no means professional advice and am struggling with the hair pulling issue myself, but have gotten better the past week after applying itch cream to self-inflicted bald spots on my head every night before sleeping. I've been trying to set small goals such as counting consecutive days without pulling hair, and the itch cream has at least changed the texture of my hair or reduced "satisfaction" in scratching/pulling the same spot on my head over and over.