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Old 11-18-2006, 08:29 AM   #1
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Hi, hope someone can give me some advice. My 14 week JRT really likes digging up rocks from the garden, i dont really mind this, but the only problem is he brings it back into the house and tries to chew the rock/stone ... and im just worried its going to be bad for his teeth!?
is there actually anything i need to worry about this?? i.e will it actually cause him any damage? i have several chew toys for him,but he just loves that stone, i dunno if i should just throw it away?

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Old 11-18-2006, 09:25 AM   #2
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I would discourage this. It is not a habit you want your dog to get into, throw the stone away. If he does get into a the habit of chewing on rocks then later in life he will have no teeth and he needs teeth.

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We rescued a rottweiler that had this problem but with pinecones not rocks, she was obbsessive, she would sneak them into the house and chew them to no end, and if we took it away and she saw where we put it, she would sit there for hours just staring at it!!! the only solution we found was to get rid of all traces of pinecones, and that eliminated the problem, she wa so bad about it that if you put one in your pocket she would proceed to sticke her nose in and take it out!!!! and chewing on those did wear her teeth down, she almost looked like someone had taken a file to her teeth, they were just subs (im guessing from years of chewing on them) she was about 5 when we found her wandering the streets.
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We had a Bouvier who would do that. He was into mining in the backyard, and would bring all the stones to the patio door. A little graveyard of fairly large smooth river stones he'd chomp on. I've heard of other dogs doing this too. I would discourage it, but I know that won't be easy.
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I too would try to stop this as soon as possible. Many years ago I had a Dachshund who did this and it took all the enamel off her teeth. Plus if the dog should swallow one it may lodge and cause a blockage. Definately something which you should not encourage.
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thanx for the advice! , ive chucked the large stone away, but last nite after i took him out, sometimes im not sure if im right..but he trys to eat the soil?? does any other dogs do that????

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