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03-21-2014 11:49 AM
wolfy dog If you use a basket muzzle that allows panting, never the canvas one that keeps their mouths closed. You may have to alter the basket muzzle so they cannot pick up small rocks through it by pressing onto the ground to get to the rocks.
03-20-2014 09:52 PM
daisyrunner Our pup does this too! I take him out in our back yard leashed, but he is so quick, and it turns into a rodeo with my literally wrestling him for the rock. Rocks and wood chips from the mulch. It makes me upset because I want to enjoy our time outside and he is so seriously determined to pick stuff up. Would a muzzle work? I am willing to try....
03-19-2014 05:22 PM
kakarot My pup eats rocks too.. :| it's irritating. I have to loudly say DROP IT in order for him to do it. Not just rocks, either.. leaves, grass, sticks, flowers, he even puts his mouth on thorn bushes and I'm pretty much saying "come here" and "drop it" the entire time I'm outside with him. ^__^;
03-18-2014 09:06 PM
KönigLeupold I haven't read the replies on here but am going to put my two cents in since, even if this is a repeat, at least you will experience some solidarity! Leo did that too, very early on (3/4 months) and it almost drove us crazy. We seriously wondered if there was something mentally wrong with him. The worst day was when we took him into the woods and down a gravel road. The scene was picturesque and gorgeous with the sun setting; while ruined by our yells of "NEIN!" and "OH MY GOD LEO, STOP WITH THE ROCKS". Then one day, done. I don't even remember him stopping because it was just like that; one day he ate all the rocks and the next day he didn't touch a single one. So although I am sure there are some good suggestions here, it should go away eventually, like most annoying puppy habits!
03-18-2014 02:03 AM
A girl and her dog In response to the 'leave it' and 'no' and 'drop it' - we do that He's pretty reliable with 'drop it' but when it comes to rocks, he tries to swallow them up as soon as I find out he has one.

I know they're bad for him. I don't want him to eat them. I supervise him almost constantly, short of going back to tethering. The good news is that they seem to be coming out and he's still eating very well. I've thought that he may have eaten them b/c he was hungry. He's had some gastro problems and I've been trying to manage that which unfortunately leaves him a bit hungry at times. Now that I've settled on what to feed him- he can have his fill if it keeps him from eating rocks.
03-18-2014 01:56 AM
A girl and her dog
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Rocks. Jake loves rocks. I try to get every one he eats from him. They're mostly small so I don't worry about him choking, but when he picks up the bigger than pebble size I worry about his teeth. I'm not real sure how to stop him. I like to leave the back door open when it's nice so they can all come and go outside. Our patio is getting some cracks in it and he especially likes the concrete bits. I think he learned that from our smaller dog. The other thing is he picks up guitar picks and swallows them. My husband buys them in bulk, pink ones . He leaves them on side tables, coffee table, where ever. Needless to say, I'm always finding pink guitar picks in the yard where there once was poop. At least I know they're goin through him alright!
Omg, LOL! I found half of a sheet of paper once. AND- my favorite find from my Chi was a poo that looked very white and I thought was just an older one that had dried. Nope- it was stuffing. He tore his toys up and ate some of the stuffing and it came out in one perfectly shaped poo. My neighbors probably think I'm crazy b/c I'm always inspecting poop . I can't help it, there's always something odd in there. Since Nonny had tapes once and now rocks, and George occasionally has paper or something like toy stuffing, I feel the need to inspect. It just doesn't really phase me anymore.
03-18-2014 01:49 AM
A girl and her dog
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Puppies explore the world with their mouths, this is a very common problem with puppies. They usually outgrow it.

You need to watch them at every second and keep your pup leashed. Eating rocks can cause intestinal blockages and they can break teeth too. I agree about working on your 'leave it' command.
As for the Weims, you couldn't pay me to own one, no offense. Every single one I've met has been nervy, OCD and had separation anxiety. The movie Best In Show makes me howl, because it was exactly the way my friend's Weims were! lol

I totally agree about crating!
Re: the Weim- every bit of that and then some! I'm not offended- I hated that dog. And the Collie that came with it. It was horrible! These dogs deterred me from owning or liking dogs at all for a very long time. Especially big dogs. I wasn't afraid of them- just couldn't stand the scent of dog, the lack of control most owners had, and lack of potty training those two dogs had. CPS would've had a field day in our house! It has taken a lot for me to adjust and be a dog owner. My only regret is getting a small-breed. I'm sorry, but they're just weird. I absolutely love animals, but those two freak shows turned me off to dogs for a very long time. I'm probably more strict with my dogs bc of that experience. Some things I just won't put up with. Hence the 'weirdness' of my Chi, lol!
03-17-2014 06:37 PM
Jakesworld Rocks. Jake loves rocks. I try to get every one he eats from him. They're mostly small so I don't worry about him choking, but when he picks up the bigger than pebble size I worry about his teeth. I'm not real sure how to stop him. I like to leave the back door open when it's nice so they can all come and go outside. Our patio is getting some cracks in it and he especially likes the concrete bits. I think he learned that from our smaller dog. The other thing is he picks up guitar picks and swallows them. My husband buys them in bulk, pink ones . He leaves them on side tables, coffee table, where ever. Needless to say, I'm always finding pink guitar picks in the yard where there once was poop. At least I know they're goin through him alright!
03-17-2014 02:22 PM
blackshep Puppies explore the world with their mouths, this is a very common problem with puppies. They usually outgrow it.

You need to watch them at every second and keep your pup leashed. Eating rocks can cause intestinal blockages and they can break teeth too. I agree about working on your 'leave it' command.
As for the Weims, you couldn't pay me to own one, no offense. Every single one I've met has been nervy, OCD and had separation anxiety. The movie Best In Show makes me howl, because it was exactly the way my friend's Weims were! lol

I totally agree about crating!
03-17-2014 01:59 PM
A girl and her dog Today the poop was back to normal and rock-free what I can gather. Little twerp! LOL! I'm super lucky b/c Nonny isn't really a handful. He's extremely sensitive though. never been abused that I know of; we got him somewhere between 4-7 weeks old from our local shelter. He's always been a sweetheart and easy as pie to train. He just keeps trying to off himself by eating rocks and poop.

Kind of another subject, but his sensitivity to training can be a challenge. He picks things up so easily and is so eager to please that it is super easy to UNtrain him or inadvertently retrain him to some undesirable or opposite behavior.

ETA- Growing up, we had a purebred Weimaraner. That dog ate an entire couch. Down to the wood frame. I'd always wondered what couches were really constructed of. He ate the wall. Distinct teeth marks right into the sheetrock. He barfed up rocks and rubber bands once. He ate part of the concrete patio. Then barfed that up too. One day, I came home and he had a large pencil sharpener lodged in his mouth. When I tried to remove it, he yelped. He ate simmering food directly out of the pots on the stove. He is the number one reason I believe in kenneling and training
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