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Old 04-03-2007, 11:49 AM   #1
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I have a new problem, now that Amber has access to half the garden. She won't stop eating grass and dirt. She's actually now digging holes and eating the dirt as she goes along. Her stools are now coming out black with grass in it. If we ignore it, she carries on and if we tell her 'no', she carries on. It's like an obsession with her. We're worried she's going to eat a worm, snail or slug in the process of doing this and get French Heart worm. She's not ill through eating the grass & dirt but, we wish she'd stop it. Is this normal and how can we stop her from doing it?

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Well ... there's that gun/sporting dog thing coming out in her again. Yep, Ozzy is the same way (not so much grass, but more like sticks & branches & digging holes & picking up the neighbors fallen pecans).

The best thing I can advise is to try to redirect her from it. This is a tough one so she needs lots to occupy herself while out in the yard. Teaching her fetching games, or seek games might help.

Beyond redirection, I'm at a loss here. I'll be interested to hear the replies from others as I could use some help in this category too.
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Thanks Katz, we have tried persuading her away from eating it by getting her to play with the ball etc, but it rarely works atm, she's far too interested in stuffing her face lol.
I had a search on the net, and some reasons were,

1. Cause they like it.

2. Because they need worming (which Amber has been wormed every two weeks from birth, next dose is this Saturday).

3. Cause the dog isn't getting all the nutrients from his/her food. (we have her on the burns food, which imo is great!)
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1. Cause they like it.
I'm going to go out on a limb & say #1 is the reason ... yummy, fun stuff & doting momma's hate it!
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Shelby likes to grab bits of grass too, I posted a thread on it and got a lot of good feedback. Borzoi mom suggested adding 2 tablespoons of uncooked oatmeal to her meals. You could also try that
Alternatively, you could attach a long leash to her, and just as she goes to grab the grass/dirt, tug lightly and quickly and say "no"...just make sure you don't use her name when you say "no".
Wish I could be of more help Maggie...those habits are hard to break.

Here's the link to my thread : http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=6526
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