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hukiwa11 , 23 Sep 2017

Pulling my dogs hair

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.

5 Answers
September 26, 2017
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.
December 04, 2019
I have dermatillomania (skin picking) and I've recently been struggling with the same thing of pulling out the already loose tufts of hair on my dog. I see that it is not comfortable for her and it makes me feel so guilty. Maybe I do have trich as I (as well as pulling my dog's hair) obsessively tweeze hairs from my body my body.
January 22, 2020
I have an obsession with picking my eyebrows. But that’s the least of my concern. I have 2 huskies and I pick their hair and they get mad at me, obviously. I hate myself for doing it and my guilt drives me crazy. It’s a vicious cycle. I try to stop I really do. I adore my puppies.

I need help. I don’t want to bother my fur babies anymore.

I feel like I’m crazy.
March 23, 2020
I did the same thing! We no longer have the dog, but his hair would come out in clumps, and I would pull it out ("groom him").
October 08, 2020

I do the same thing too and I feel bad

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