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01-29-2014 01:36 AM
dvdk Yeah.. it seems the LEAVE IT command will be my best friend. Actualy we are teaching this one, but it works fine only inside with clothes, furniture etc.. Leave it works. Then we go for a walk, everything ok, he smells everything, interested in other dogs and then suddenly stone... maybe half second and its inside... Without basket its immposible to stop. Sometimes i cant notice he chews sumfin. God thanks now its only small stones which goes out with pooh. Will see what will came later
01-29-2014 12:12 AM
meek Mine did the same thing.

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01-28-2014 10:43 PM
Germanshepherdlova pica
01-28-2014 10:19 PM
middleofnowhere I have that the dogs have access to. 5 of them are sage brush and juniper. Maybe I could hire a crop duster?
01-28-2014 07:53 PM
njk My pup does this, and it's become a game for her. I was always hovering right over her and sticking my fingers in her mouth to dig the rocks out so she started grabbing them and running because she wanted me to chase her. So I got a couple of squeaky balls and I throw and chase them myself. Playing that game with me is more fun and she abandons the rocks in favour of grabbing the ball I seem to want and making me chase her for it. We still have the problem since I don't have as much energy as she does, so I got a spray bottle and mixed vinegar and lemon juice in it then started spraying the (huge) areas of our garden that have stones. This makes her mostly reject the stones but she's still determined at times to find one that tastes alright.
01-28-2014 01:09 PM
blackshep Yep, my pup did this as well. Have to watch them like a hawk, they are so quick sometimes. They usually outgrow it, but you have to watch they don't swallow anything.
01-28-2014 12:37 PM
middleofnowhere A friend's Elkhoud ate rocks. It caught up to him later in life = two scary stomach surgeries.

My present 4 yo picks up moderate size rocks, carrys them around & rolls on them in estacy. The 4 mo old has been emulating this behavior but not eating rocks.

I had two that ate rocks as pups. One had feces that looked like they were formed of asphalt! The other chewed on large rocks. Keeping dogs away from rocks was impossible in the situation I was living in then and it is impossible for the one I'm in now. Neither dog had a problem with rocks in the long run.

Sometimes the more intent you are in trying to take something away, the more excited they get about it. Ah if they would only catch my excitement for training tools!
01-28-2014 11:52 AM
Originally Posted by shepherdmom View Post
Rocks can be dangerous... This was removed from Tasha's stomach at age 7
No kidding, yikes!! Hopefully the OP has some luck using the methods everyone offered
01-28-2014 11:52 AM
Shaina If it is so bad that you're having a hard time even when you're supervising, might not hurt to use a basket muzzle for being off leash in the yard until he grows out of it. May seem extreme, but I can't tell you how many rocks we pull out of puppies and young adult dogs in an emergency surgery situation! Can be very life-threatening if they don't pass. Obviously also teaching a strong OUT and LEAVE IT will be your best friend too.
01-28-2014 10:45 AM
Originally Posted by Eiros View Post
Puppies dont have hands to pick things up and feel them, so they explore new things with their mouths!!

Just watch him carefully, teach the pup "leave it" and "out", and trade the rock for a treat or something else fun when he obeys. Once your pup realizes that all rocks feel pretty much the same, he'll probably not be as interested in them. Until then, keep and eye on him so he doesn't hurt himself. If something goes in his mouth that might be dangerous, by all means don't be afraid to stick your hand in there and get it out!!
Rocks can be dangerous... This was removed from Tasha's stomach at age 7

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