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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-02-2011, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Puppy eating all sorts..sticks, dirt, rocks!

So I know little puppies explore the world through their nose and their mouths but my 9 week old pup is into everything when outside and inside. He often will put dirt, sticks, bark, rocks, grass and leafs, in his mouth and no doubt swallows some of the these if I don't pull them out of his mouth. Is this normal?? Any suggestions on how to stop this?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-02-2011, 03:19 PM
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Re: Puppy eating all sorts..sticks, dirt, rocks!

Hi, yes it is typical. It will pass - we patiently took everything unsafe out of Sam's mouth.

Please be aware, vigilant and promptly remove stuff out of his mouth.
Do not let puppy chew on mulch of any kind. Sticks, grass may make them vomit later or just pass through. :P
At this age it is not advisable to discipline them! Please wait until 14-15 weeks old.
Whenever unable to supervise, crate the pup.
Biting stuff? May try a small soft muzzle (although we never did this)

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Re: Puppy eating all sorts..sticks, dirt, rocks!

Lucy still does this and she is 13 weeks old. She does not do it as much as she did a few weeks ago. I know when we can actually walk her outside she will get tired more and these things will not be of interest. She will have all her shots in a week. YEA!!!!!! We just keep trying to take things out of her mouth. Keep at it, it takes time.
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Re: Puppy eating all sorts..sticks, dirt, rocks!

Thanks for the advise. Will keep reaching in and taking things out. I too can't wait til he has all his shots. I really want to take him exploring and walking. I think more structured exercise will be good for him. He has his last shot on Jul 12 and then we have to wait another week so on the 19th I can let him be a big dog and explore on walks and in the park. However I have a feeling this means that I will be getting used to running more myself!
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Yes, even our breeder said when we can take long walks with Lucy it will help in other areas (i.e. crate - which is our biggest issue). She gets her last round on the 8th. We live in NYC, so even letting her off leash will not happen for awhile, as we are working on the Come call. However, she will now be able to enter our active lifestyle of walking everywhere! Everyone just tells us patience and we are seeing changes, which is good. Lucy is also driven by food, so we reward alot
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Re: Puppy eating all sorts..sticks, dirt, rocks!

We had a scare last night with Gator. Unfortunately had to have a friend doggysit him all day yesterday and when we went to pick him up in the evening and were just sitting around chatting he started to puke. At first it was a bit of bile, then the second lot looked like blood. Finally the third puke brought up more blood and what looked like a clump of sticks/mulch/grass. We took him to the emergency hospital for some xrays which luckily showed nothing major left in his stomach but did show quite a bit of sand in his intestinal track. I guess the day at the beach wasn't a good idea for him $400 later and we have him on antibiotics and some other stuff to coat his esophagus and somach. Lesson learnt , don't let them eat crap! Lol
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Re: Puppy eating all sorts..sticks, dirt, rocks!

For all the owners of puppies out there, here is the advice routinely dished out by the Michigan Humane Society staff:

Whenever your puppy does something to endanger his health or try your patience (eating bad stuff, chewing the wrong things, going potty in the house, etc.), here's what you should do -- find a nice, sturdy newspaper, roll it up, and smack yourself over the head with it, because you weren't watching closely enough!! Puppies are just like little babies. They require constant supervision. ;D
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Re: Puppy eating all sorts..sticks, dirt, rocks!

"find a nice, sturdy newspaper, roll it up, and smack yourself over the head with it, because you weren't watching closely enough!!"

Very funny and true, I would love to see that.

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Re: Puppy eating all sorts..sticks, dirt, rocks!

Hollyandnick,
I too have had a hard time working on the come/call with my 4 month Vizsla but sometimes she just needs to go and run around to release all of her energy so what we did was get a 16 foot (longest we could find locally) retractable leash and use a tent stake to anchor it to the ground at the park. This gave her a 16 foot radius that we could work on tricks, teach fetch, or just let her run circles and go nuts and we didn't have to worry about her taking off and running away but she still gets some of her freedom. Of course I'd only advise doing this as long as you are there watching but it also gets them used to being on a tie out in case the situation ever is to arise in the future and you need to do so for a short period of time...backyard to mow the grass, park so you can have a picnic, etc. Just an idea on something that has worked for us.
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Re: Puppy eating all sorts..sticks, dirt, rocks!

Yes, normal even rocks. I would do my best to prevent the chewing of rocks. Sticks, dirt and leaves are no problem to digest. ;D
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