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Offline Renea

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Why do dogs chew rocks????
« on: February 15, 2011, 08:19:20 PM »
We use wood heat regulate the heat with open windows and doors. This means Max, Fritz, and Lizzie can wander in and out.

Now I am noticing that every time Lizzie comes in she brings a rock with her.  On the carpet I found a pile if gravel so I started watching her. Sure enough, every time she came in she put another one on the pile.  I have told her "no no" so starting today she would come in with one and bring it to me.  She hears "bring it to me" a lot.

Is she lacking something or just strange behavior?
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Re: Why do dogs chew rocks????
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2011, 08:55:36 PM »
I personally don't have any experience with this but there was a recent post with a similar situation.

Jetson's Emergency Surgery... I ate a rock, it got stuck, I'm ok now!  

I'm curious too, hopefully someone will chime in and provide some info.

Update:  No longer  :confused:  Thank you Peter!!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Why do dogs chew rocks????
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2011, 10:44:38 PM »
Renea,

I think that's cute, collecting rocks. And somewhere in this forum there's a story about another Schnauzer that does the same thing!

Puppies chew anything, no explanation necessary. :devil:

Not sure about older dogs. How old are yours? (Maybe you could put their ages in your signature.)

Anyway, chewing rocks is very bad. Even if it doesn't crack the teeth, it will certainly grind them down.


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Re: Why do dogs chew rocks????
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2011, 07:30:35 AM »
Oh Ms. P P used to chew red rocks when she was smaller and I would have to retreive them out of her mouth everytime she went out to potty.....I don't know if she swolled any or not.....  But even today and she is 2, I don't let her out without me standing on the porch watching her.........MAYBE SOMEDAY  I will be able to just let her out and I can come inside......  ha ha.

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Re: Why do dogs chew rocks????
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2011, 08:14:34 PM »
Oh Harriet, I can identify with that.  There is five acres out here, letting them out during the day is fine. When the dark starts coming in, I do not let them out alone.  How I wish at 10pm they would go out by themselves.  What have I taught them?

Rock chewing, I have said "no no, bring it to me" so many times Lizzie (8 months) brings them in the house right to me. I tell her "good girl" and trade it for a cookie  I know it can be dangerous but we have gravel everywhere.

I have wondered if she is lacking minerals or vitamins. It is not for the lack of chew toys that is for sure.
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Re: Why do dogs chew rocks????
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2011, 10:58:06 AM »
This is probably WAY out in left field, but... my first thought was collecting her babies.. Yeah, I know, it sounds off the wall, but the "gathering" just reminded me of an animal that is having the mothering instinct.

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Re: Why do dogs chew rocks????
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2011, 06:00:29 PM »
Do you think possibly the "bring it to me" has reinforced her getting them?  Now she's like, "Rock = treat!."

With Chai, I catch him by saying "EhEh, drop it, not yours" while he's still outside.  Usually if he just hears me say "not yours" he'll leave something alone. I guess if he came and went freely it wouldn't be that easy to catch him.
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Re: Why do dogs chew rocks????
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2011, 06:09:32 PM »
Golden Bubba used to chew on little pebbles. Manny would say, "Bubba! Spit it out!" and Bub would spit. Literally spit.. Phtoo! and out would come the pebble.. He can spit it a foot in front of his mouth..lol
Now, it's easier if we see he has a rock in his mouth, and he sees us looking at him, he spits, or if we say,"buuuuubbbbbBah!" He spits.

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Re: Why do dogs chew rocks????
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2011, 06:51:42 PM »
Willow,

Thanks for the tip! If I ever meet him, I'll remember not to greet him with Helllloooo BuuuuubbbbbBah!

:devil:

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Re: Why do dogs chew rocks????
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2011, 07:46:21 PM »
LOL @ Peter....

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Re: Why do dogs chew rocks????
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2011, 08:12:20 PM »
Well hello Buuuuubbbaaa!!!!! That is funny.

Bringing in rocks now that I ask/trade for them could be it.  She LOVES attention.  I am concerned with her swallowing them which is why I collect them.  Tomorrow it will be something else for sure.
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