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Old 12-01-2007, 10:32 AM   #1
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Question Stones and rocks!

would anyone know why my 17week old pup is bring stones and rocks in from garden? i let her in from bring in garden she runs straight by me into her crate and tries to hide them if im not quick enough she will lay there licking them......would it be a teething thing??? cos i havent a clue

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Old 12-01-2007, 10:34 AM   #2
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hmm, Gideon played with stones sometimes. They can hurt your dog very badly if she swallows one, so a soon as she brings it in take it away and give her something more interesting! hope it helps!!

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Stones and rocks.....hmmm
Well I have always been amazed at how dogs will bury bones and then dig them up and enjoy them dirt and all. It's not very sanitary, but then that is not one of their strong points.
If' she's licking rather than chewing then it doesn't sound like it's for teething, more like she enjoys the taste. You might try giving her little marrow bones or maybe those hard rubber toys that you can stuff with something like peanut butter. Definitely healthier than the dirt, you don't know what she might pick up from that, especially at her age.
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she does have a hard rubber ball she plays with. also she has a kong toy which i fill with treats and puppy flavour kong filler. she is a spoilt pup and has lots of toys. thats why i dont understand the stones bit, also i'v just stop her with a bit of old wood and moss in her mouth, there isnt anything she wont try, she knows its wrong for her to have it as she drops it as soon as she see's me and makes out she didnt have it by tryin to hide it with her paw. sometimes i see her do this i have a little giggle and think oh what a handful she is gonna be.

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Well you may want to teach her the "leave it" command. Stones and rocks are one thing, but if the day comes when she decides to pick something up that is truly revolting and possibly poisonous, you'll be glad you did.
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At this age she needs something of her own to chew on that is safe, hard and big enough that she can't swallow.

I swear by the hard non edible nylabones; they've saved me a ton of money and worry with teething puppies. They're available at all pet stores.

http://www.nylabone.com/products/non-edible/
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Applesmom is sooo right, I buy those large ones and they last a long time and safe also. If I do buy anything like a rope pull toy I watch carefully so nobody swallows any strings. I do not give stuffed toys as this can cause blockages in the intestines. I also give a RAW beef soupd bone from the grocery store once a week. For some reason mine have been eating dirt, digging and they are adults that know better, the porch is full of little mud balls. Do not know if they are like horses, vet always told me they get minerals from the ground we can never give them and it will not hurt them, but stones u have to watch and not allow that. Start giving a command when it brings a stone in what works for you such as Leave it, NO NO, etc.
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For 50 to 75 pound dogs I buy the unflavored wolf sized bones. Rub the ends with a little bacon grease or peanut butter to get them started and from then on they love em.

For puppies I start with the smaller bones and throw them away and change to the bigger ones as they grow.
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