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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-06-2011, 01:03 PM
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Re: Puppy eating all sorts..sticks, dirt, rocks!

We went through the same thing, wood is his favorite (furnature, fence, mulch, sticks) You just have to be vigilant and constantly watch. I agree with the above remark, if they get into something they shouldn't have, it is your fault. You have to almost thing baby proof when it comes to your home and lawn. Don't give them any temptations.
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-14-2019, 07:10 AM
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Hi there,

I suggest you discern first why your dogs are eating rocks. From there you can take all the appropriate measure. Is it because of medical reasons? Are they seeking attention? This article would give you a good list of reasons: https://goldenretrieverlove.com/why-...i-do-about-it/. Your best bet would be to take him to a vet.
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Our V is almost 6 month old and still eats everything, today she was chewing seashells at the beach. I hope she will eventually grow out of it. I let her run around without lead and sometimes i don't get over quick enough to pull stuff out of her mouth, but we haven't had any vomiting, so I presume that everything she eats passes through. Or maybe I should be worried and get her stomach xrayed?
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You will find the command 'leave' really useful for dogs that forage. Greta was much like your pup, eating everything that crossed her path. I had to focus on the more unpalatable items as I'd have just been saying 'leave it' all day!
She was often sick, with bits of bark and sticks but always happy in herself. I did take her to the vet as she was also being sick, bile, if she fasted too long over night. All good. No x-ray required. The vet suggested she wore a cage like muzzle to stop the eating anything and everything. I didn't go that route, focusing on training leave it.

She's 15 months now and I'm relaxed about mostly what she finds to eat she seems to be eating good wholesome food such as apples, pears, carrots and beetroot. No more sticks, bark and rotting dead animals. Phew makes life easier 😊
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Repetition is the key. Have a handful of alternatives to offer instead of the sticks. Be stern with your voice, but not harsh when telling him he shouldn't chew on sticks, acorns, pine cones, furniture or your toes. Walk up and distract him with your approved alternative and take the stick away. It will take hundreds of repetitions and you'll need to rotate often to less boring alternatives. But he will eventually stop and you won't have ruined him with harsh treatment.

One thing to note with regard to vizsla's though is you will never stop them from grabbing soft items with their mouth and running around with them. But at a certain age they do stop chewing on them, especially if you've been diligent about teaching them not to chew when they are young. But it goes completely against their nature to not grab things and run around with them. Socks for instance are a favorite. I don't even blink anymore when my V does it. I just turn it into a game and make it fun. He eventually just drops it and moves on to the next adventure. This is a big deal, because you will ruin their playful temperament if you try to hammer their mouthy nature out of them. Just roll with it and your life will be easier.

I've even used this tendency to bond with him by training him to pull clothing out of the dryer and put it in the basket. He absolutely loves doing it. Especially when it gets him a little treat.

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