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Old 12-17-2013, 10:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello -

We live in the desert and our backyard is gravel and stone. I was a little concerned that the stones would be too sharp for our new pup, Anka, to play on, but that has not been a concern. What is a concern is that I'm constantly pulling stones out of her mouth and I am worried about her damaging her teeth or worse, swallowing one.

A quick fix would be to cover the yard with a mulch such as pine straw. Does anyone have any experience with this? Is she going to start eating this instead? I have read that it isn't harmful to dogs, but I'd like to be sure.

All help would be most appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 12-17-2013, 10:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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They seem to outgrow the gravel but I have plenty of experience with pine needles and they break down rapidly and will create quite the mess in your gravel. Personally I would supervise her and just get her trough this stage.
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Thank you. How long does the gravel stage last in your experience?
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