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12-03-2013 10:00 PM
boomer11 also agree with possibility of leading to ocd. she seems almost frantic while playing.
12-03-2013 09:44 PM
Baillif Lol yeah
12-03-2013 09:36 PM
SummerGSDLover
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If it never escalates to the OCD state that's all it is, a dog playing with rock. There are secondary concerns aside from the what if of that scenario. You don't want her going to town on a rock and breaking teeth or nails or cutting up the paw. Dogs could get OCD with balls and toys too.


Sounds like you're on top of things if you already stopped the other behaviors she's had. Just making sure you were aware of the possibility it could become an issue.
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12-03-2013 09:27 PM
Baillif Lots of high drive dogs have a bit of a tendency towards OCD like behaviors anyway. No big deal as long as you harness it and prevent the negative ones from creeping up.
12-03-2013 09:21 PM
wolfy dog
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Oh yeah I watch her like a hawk, she can get really bad with shadows and we have to stop it immediately or she will freak out for quiet a while afterwards...
That (tail and shadow chasing) actually confirms what I thought. She already has the tendency for OCD so I would curb it. She seemed almost in trance as she is "playing" with these rocks. It is just my gut feeling and opinion.
Also I have known a dog with a preference for rocks and he had a flat row of teeth, no more pointy teeth.
12-03-2013 05:21 PM
Baillif Right, if you can channel OCD into an object you can control and not just the object but the interaction between you and that object you have a crazy valuable tool for obedience and focus. I've seen mals that are so crazy for a game of tug their jaws quiver with the anticipation. Does this count as obsession? Probably, but it has rules and it has a purpose.
12-03-2013 05:16 PM
MadLab Stones and rocks are bad for the teeth. I know a springer who has ruined his teeth on rocks. Still mad for them.

Know a pointerXwhippet who is obsessed as well. She used to drop a stone at my feet and bark for me to throw it. If I did throw the stone she'd have it back pretty quickly. I'd throw it into 1000's of stones on a beach and she always brings back the one with my scent. Totally annoying obsession. She should be doing something more constructive but owner was slacking. Took a while to train her out of it.

Much better to have an on and off switch and use something to play with, that you control like a ball, tug or toy. The dog understands the game is on only when you produce the toy.

Dogs have access to stones and rocks too much and if bored will go chasing rocks and thats why the obsession develops imo.
12-03-2013 05:09 PM
Nigel My sisters rescue daschund is OCD with rocks. They got rid of every rock they could find in their yard, now he digs to find them. My sister brought him out on thanksgiving and the first thing he did was go straight for my parent landscape stones. I don't know at what point a fun game with a rock turns into an OCD behavior, her dog was like this when she got him. He plays just as yours does, but like bailiff said, you seem to have a pretty good handle on things, so probably not an issue.
12-03-2013 04:41 PM
Abby142
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If it never escalates to the OCD state that's all it is, a dog playing with rock. There are secondary concerns aside from the what if of that scenario. You don't want her going to town on a rock and breaking teeth or nails or cutting up the paw. Dogs could get OCD with balls and toys too.


Sounds like you're on top of things if you already stopped the other behaviors she's had. Just making sure you were aware of the possibility it could become an issue.
Oh yeah I watch her like a hawk, she can get really bad with shadows and we have to stop it immediately or she will freak out for quiet a while afterwards...

I was worried about her breaking a tooth on a rock at first, but she really just kicks it around. Every once in a while she will pick it up and carry it somewhere and just lay down holding it in her mouth, or "hide" it somewhere until we go outside again. She is a nut
12-03-2013 04:35 PM
Baillif If it never escalates to the OCD state that's all it is, a dog playing with rock. There are secondary concerns aside from the what if of that scenario. You don't want her going to town on a rock and breaking teeth or nails or cutting up the paw. Dogs could get OCD with balls and toys too.


Sounds like you're on top of things if you already stopped the other behaviors she's had. Just making sure you were aware of the possibility it could become an issue.
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