Hi, I was wondering if anyone has problems with their dog eating, or at least chewing, on rocks. I have a nine-month old German Shepard and he LOVES to chew on rocks. It's gotten to the point where I have to tie him up because he digs them up in the yard. His canines are starting to wear down and I'm worried! Any suggestions?
Rebel, I have a 2 1/2 year old Puggle, he chews on rocks and twigs. Asked the vet, and he was unconcerned. His diet is fine, and the rocks he prefers are lava rocks. Why? You got me, since we are out of them now, he prefers to carry an tiny stone around in his mouth and once in awhile drop it and bat it around and put it back in his mouth, when he is done, he puts it under the deck till the next time he wants it,
So far, no problems with his teeth or him. I have no advice for you, just thought you ought to know you are not the only one ; )
German Shepherds are notorious for this. I have two myself, and although they do not seem too fond of rocks, I have known several people that have had this problem. I think that a FRESH femur bone (you can ask your local grocery store butcher) would replace those rocks in a hurry. You would want to give your dog a fresh bone as opposed to a pet store bought one because the pet store ones are usually cooked, and typically splinter. Also the marrow in a fres one is really good for them and keeps them occupied for a days. Rawhides are a bad idea as well. As puppies their stomachs have a real hard time digesting them, and it sits in their belly for days. Hope this helps
Thank you everyone for your replies. I recently took my dog to K-9 Obedience school and it turns out my dog has an extreme drive for balls, thus, the chewing of rocks if he doesn't have his ball. So, needless to say, I bought him two VERY durable balls and so far so good. As soon as his balls are out of reach though, back to having a rock in his mouth! SILLY DOG!!
I have found the best balls for my labs are lacrosse balls.They are the only balls that have stood the test of lasting more than 5 minutes. Since she was a pup she would destroy tennis balls, and the balls with the ropes in the middle lasted even less time. It's been a year, there have been holes in the wall from hubby ricocheting it too close to a light switch or outlet and there are a few little nicks out of the lacrosse ball, but she LOVES it.
my dog use to chew on rocks and pinecones when she was a puppy but all I did was get interested in a toy now she doesn't seem as interested in them. you really should wacth him while he's outside. you should teach him the leave it trick so if he starts to dig a hole tell him leave. while yout teach the trick put a rock right under his nose on the floor and tell him leave it in a calm bold voice and and show him that you have a treat so he listens to you, after a few second reward him with the treet and tell him good dog. when ever you see him with a rock or digging a hole tell him leave then reward him, once he starts doing it less frequently you dont have to give him a treat every time but still tell him good dog. soon he'll know it is good not to eat rocks. and you should leave entertaning toys for him to play with or take for a long walk so he is tired. when they're tired they get into less trouble. ;)