Post # 1
Does anyone else have this problem? When he was really little (around 2-3 months) he loved to eat rocks. That scared the heck out of me, and I would be constantly running over to take them out of his mouth, but we def. found a rock or two… after the fact, haha.
He has seemed to stop the rock eating (thank goodness) but now it’s wood. We have a wood stove, so he’s constantly trying to eat little pieces of wood, and outside he goes BANANAS for sticks and will actually swallow them if we can’t get to him in time. He’s about 8 months now, and quite big (85 pounds) so I don’t completely freak out if he swallows a bit, but it does worry me. Some of those pieces could be sharp!
Do you think he will outgrow this or will we always have to keep an eye on him?
Post # 3
@BP2Be: Do you think he’s hungry? Bored? Maybe he needs a new bone to chew on?
Not to scare you but:
“The wood eating habit of the dog must be stopped… it can result to various medical problems. For one the dog can have splinters on the roof of the mouth, on the gums and on the tongue. In this case the dog will be off food. The wood can perforate the esophagus and the intestine. It can also create a blockage and result to various intestinal disorders. Naturally this would necessitate a surgical procedure. Moreover, a chemically treated wood once ingested can result to poisoning. These consequences apart from hurting the pocket can be very dangerous to the life of the pet.
So how would you stop your pet from eating wood? Dogs are pack animals. They are social creatures too. The family is considered as the dog’s “pack”. The dog will be confused, bored and lonely if it is constantly left alone by the pack. This boredom would result to unwanted behaviors. The dog would chew the furniture; eat the wood to attract your attention. Ensure that the pet is getting its required exercise. You may be very busy but a few minutes spent with the dog would count a lot and stop the dog form acting out. Chewing is a dog thing. Getting the dog toys and something to chew on would be a good idea. As mentioned, the dog may be eating wood because of a nutrient deficiency. Consider changing the diet of the pet and see what happens. Tabasco sauce or bitter apple smothered on the “tasty” wood may do the trick. But the best thing to curb the wood eating habit is to invest some time to watch the dog and every time it starts to gnaw on the wood say a firm NO! Dogs are intelligent animals. They also have the inherent desire to please the master. They would understand that eating wood is not a done thing. Reinforce your training with a sprayer filled with cold water. Every time the dog starts to eat the wood direct the cold water spray to its mouth. This would not hurt your pet and it will surely stop the dog from eating the wood.”
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Post # 4
His food may not be giving him something he needs. He may be overly anxious, or bored. I would check with his vet, get him some nyla bones and keep the wood away from him. If he gets some, take it away, tell him “no” and give him an “okay” toy and praise him big time for eating the “okay” toy.
Post # 5
@BP2Be: My baby girl used to do this all the time, and she just stopped naturally at a little over a year. I think it was a crazy baby energy thing, even though she had a lot of exercise then and now. We had a little chat when she around a year old and we moved into a new condo and I told her that she had to cut it out because I didn’t want to buy new baseboards again. She seemed to take it in. She’s a big girl too – 77 lbs. She now chews here and there, but mostly just tennis balls and dog toys. I can’t say as no harm ever came to her, as she did have a couple of bowel problems from eating non-food, but nothing permanent, just expensive!
Post # 6
I would definitely try to break him of the habit. A family I know had their dog get a sharp piece of wood lodged in her throat. Slowly her neck started to swell (over like a week) and eventually they brought her to the vet and figured out what had happened. She needed surgery to have it removed.
Try taking the sticks away and giving him a proper toy to chew on, hopefully he’ll get the point 🙂
Post # 7
We had a dog that was so bad she started grounding her teeth down. When she would go outside she would try to eat trees and rocks. I’m very sure it was due to anxiety. We gave her anxiety pills and that has helped a lot.
Post # 8
Yeah that sounds dangerous…
Some dogs are nervous or have mental issues like OCD and pica that make them want to eat non-food things. Others are just walking hoovers for no real reason.
I’m not sure what’s up with mine but he’s had a really rough life (I adopted him as an adult, and all we know is that the lost a leg somehow and lived on the streets long enough to be in really bad shape when he was found and taken to the shelter) and he licks the floor (especially dust) like it’s going out of style.
If it’s anxiety or OCD, you’re not supposed to punish, just redirect. It sometimes works for me, but sometimes he’s hard to stop.
On the plus side our floors have never been cleaner…
Post # 9
Thanks for the responses!!!
He’s exercised a lot, even though he’s really a lazy bugger (he’s part Bernese Mountain Dog, so that may be where it comes from). He has lots of chew toys that he chews on as well.
It’s almost like it’s a game to him. He knows we will run over and try to take it from him, so he wants to eat it and run away before we can get to him. Cheeky little thing. We are doing our best to keep him away from things like that though, because we know it can be very dangerous.
@MsKeee: Thank you for giving me hope that he might eventually out grow it! We haven’t had any objects chewed on in the house, though *knocks on wood* – haha excuse the pun. He just likes to eat things straight from mother nature I guess!
He’s the little devil:
Post # 10
@BP2Be: Molly used to eat sticks all the time as a puppy. She thought it was great to find a stick and eat it and chew it into pieces. It was really difficult when camping (we like to camp a few times each summer at least) She thankfully did grow out of it. Have you tried trading the stick for a rawhide type bone?
Post # 11
@lia22: Yes, we have… unfortunately he isn’t the smartest dog on the planet and any type of rawhide he gets, he tries to eat WHOLE. Then he chokes and we have to grab it out of his throat. So we don’t give him things like that anymore. Haha
Post # 12
@BP2Be: hmmm..that’s not too smart eh LOL dogs are so silly sometimes. What about something that breaks easily like a pigs ear?
Post # 13
As a heads up…if he likes chewing wood…watch your window sills. Learned that one the hard way.
Post # 14
@inky_1: Oh I know!!! I forgot about that – that is one thing he did try to eat inside the house. We have a window that is the length of our front door, and he used to lay down and look out the window while taking little nibbles out of it! But we caught it quickly and painted over it and hasn’t touched it since.
Post # 15
@BP2Be: What a sweetie pie! Yeah I honestly tried everything with her, and the only that worked was that she outgrew it!
Post # 16
Our dog chews on sticks and wood, but I don’t really like when she does. We have nylabones, which she LOVES, and that’s a good way for her to get her chewing energy out.