Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Kathy, what a lovely picture this presents! You should train him to bring the paper etc to you as well as he obviously has retriever instincts.
Dogs always repeat behaviour that is rewarding, so I would imagine that you have praised him in the past for bringing the teddy and he is just repeating the behaviour.
This also applies to negative attention i.e. shouting at the dog, to a dog attention is attention whether negative or positive.
Also you may find that when your hubby is out he gets more attention from you and to cuddle up next to you is rewarding.
My own dog does the same thing (a Collie) and I really dont think it is because he is protecting me, rather taking advantage of getting some extra love. Hope this helps, have a great day, Scotty
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