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Old 02-24-2009, 09:11 AM   #1
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Hi - i've had a dogue de bordeaux now for a week. He's 13 weeks old and absolutely gorgeous but he just keeps picking up chewing and even eating stones. They have even gone right through him and come out in his stools.
I'm very concerned that he will do himself some real damage but i just can't seem to stop him.

What should i do?

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Old 02-24-2009, 08:58 PM   #2
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I know puppies will pick up and eat everything but I'm not sure if he will damage himself. Lucy used to lick the carpet and would get long hairs stuck in her. She has stopped but still eats things once in a while and she's over a year and a half now. Hopefully someone else can help with your problem.
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We have a 200 ft drive of all limestone, so all the puppes and even adults pick up stones. What can I do, just pray they pass them and they do. Something of a bad habit or craving the chemical I do not supply maybe?
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I would try to break him of this habit as when he gets his adult teeth the stones will remove the enamel from the teeth and cause tooth decay, I know cause I once has a stone shewer. Also they could easily cause a blockage if they don't pass through.
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Prehaps trade in the stones for something nicer like a treat but you have to catch him at it then say in a rim voice No and if he knows drop/leave then when he drops the stone reward with a treat and loads of praise every single time you see him pick some thing up you don't want him to have Good luck!
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Prehaps trade in the stones for something nicer like a treat but you have to catch him at it then say in a rim voice No and if he knows drop/leave then when he drops the stone reward with a treat and loads of praise every single time you see him pick some thing up you don't want him to have Good luck!


I agree . I would discourage this as much as possible so it doesn't become too much of a habit . You never know when that one rock may get stuck in there , not to mention possibly breaking teeth and like Borzoi said wearing them down in general .
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We had someone surrender their rottie to the shelter because of this. He was in urgent need of medical attention at the time of the surrender and the owner had already spent thousands of dollars in surgeries to remove blockages, they just couldn't afford to do it anymore. So needless to say it is imperative to nip this in the bud at his young age. I would take BigBoy's advice and try now to train him out of this with the utilization of treats. You must go outside with him every single time with treats on hand and "trade up" when he gets a stone. You will also be teaching him to drop it/leave it and I say it's never too soon to start training! Those commands can come in mighty handy in other situations too. Good luck to you and your new pup!
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Trade up works well. My chihuahua is the same about eating sticks, no stones tho thank goodness. I also find that if I run away, play with one of 'his' toys, or make a fuss of/treat his little sister he usually drops it and comes running.
Just try not to chase him or make too much of a fuss, if he thinks you value his stone that much he will be more inclined to hang onto it. The trick is to make other things more fun than obsessively chewing on stones.

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Thanks for all the great advice. I've started either ignoring him or playing with his toys and my son whenever he picks up something he shouldn't, and touch would it seems to be working (so far).

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My 8 month old Sprocker recently swallowed a lipstick and had to have it removed by surgery to his stomach.
His favourite thing is to steal something and taunt you into getting it back. I let my guard down once and that was what happened.
I also am now trying to ignore him when he steals things but it's not easy because I fear he may swallow something again. At the moment his favourite things are the remote control or my clothes.

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