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Sneaky Dog Is Obsessed With Stealing Anything He Can From His Family

“If anything is placed below table height, he will take it.”

Flynn the dachshund loves finding things to play with around the house — but he doesn’t stop at dog toys.

Four-year-old Flynn has become quite skilled at stealing things that aren’t his when no one else is looking. And in his eyes, anything is fair game.

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Francesca Emmingham

“He loves the challenge of taking things he’s not allowed to have,” Francesca Emmingham, Flynn’s mom, told The Dodo. “It started when he was a puppy, but [he] never seemed to grow out of it.”

While some of Flynn’s favorite stolen treasures include forks and spoons, he’s also managed to run off with bowls, cutting boards and tupperware. And once he’s got the goods, he usually finds a place to sit where he can proudly show off his new find.

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Francesca Emmingham

“If my mum is loading up the dishwasher, he will quite simply take whatever he can get,” Emmingham said. “If anything is placed below table height, he will take it.”

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Francesca Emmingham

The long list of Flynn’s prizes includes the family’s TV remote, several blankets and a candle in a glass jar. The one bright spot is that he’s never tried to eat any of his finds — except for chewing on the cutting board.

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Francesca Emmingham

“He normally likes people to notice him with whatever he's got, but if they don’t, he hides under the coffee table so nobody can get to him,” Emmingham said. “But honestly, the candle he stole has got to be the weirdest.”

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Francesca Emmingham

While one would think Flynn would steal things when he visits other people’s houses, he chooses to save that special quirk for his family.

“He's very respectful of other people's homes,” Emmingham explained. “But the same can't be said for ours.”

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Francesca Emmingham

When he isn’t plotting his next robbery, Flynn loves hanging out with his new sister, a dachshund named Bailey. While he hasn’t taught her his thieving ways yet, only time will tell.

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Flynn and his little sister, Bailey | Francesca Emmingham

“He's honestly one of a kind,” Emmingham said. “We love him so much.”