Outside He eats dirt, rocks, grass, cement??!

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Okay so I thought this would be best under Dobe Health. When I take Titus outside, my 9 week old dobe, he spends most of his time walking along side the fence forging for rocks, broken parts of cement from the fence post in the ground, and tall grass. He likes to chew on the rocks and sometimes I think he even gets a couple down when I'm not looking! Not to mention the pine cones.

I can hardly get him to come and run and play with me when outside because he is so fixated on these things... Is this a health concern maybe his stomach upset?? Or is this teething issue, or WHAT??

Thanks for your input.

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I thought of chewing on rocks as a teething thing as Zelda did it a lot when she was a wee baby (she also got into poop, but let's not go there). There's another dobe here named Rocky (owned by Lori, the one about to get married ;) ) who always ate rocks according to her. I don't think you should be too worried, but do take precautions just in case he ends up eating something that ISN'T a rock...

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My puppy does the same thing.... hes 14 weeks.

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Deacon was the same way and always made me mad. We'd take him for a walk around the neighborhood and we'd stop to talk to everyone and the little devil would eat rocks off the road and I mean like he was competeing with other puppies for those rocks too, lol.  I know they explor with their mouths but he was the first dog that would eat everything he picked up. He finally stopped doing that once he go a little older. I will catch him eating bark every now and then but he listens now when I tell him to leave it. Just a dobe phase I guess. :)

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Whoa guys!!! Eating rocks is a BIG concern.  If the rocks are big enough they don't pass through and will need to be removed surgically.  Try your best to figure out a solution to it!!

I would be worried too if mine ate rocks. I've never had a dog that ate rocks so I have no idea what to offer. Maybe make sure he doesn't eat rocks..lol.

If and when you get it fixed, let us know what you did. I for one , would like to know.

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I think I'd be keeping him on a leash and not letting him get close to the area he picks rocks up in his mouth.  "Leave it" and "Drop it" are two really good commands to teach your dog....comes in handy so many times.  I use "SPIT IT OUT!" with Ziva....and I swear, she will spit out a chicken bone that she finds on the ground in the ball park without eating it if I notice she has it and yell "SPIT IT OUT" at her. 

It takes some time to train those commands, so you might want to get busy on them. 

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What are you feeding them?  Often times animals will eat weird things seeking nutrients that their food is lacking.  I had cats that would eat anything and I mean ANYTHING on the counter... switched their food to have higher protein and all roaming trips to eat cardboard, paper, plastic and bread ended.

Mouthing and eating are two very different things.  You have to discourage it immediately.  Part of it is a puppy stage -- Stella, who is 7 months, loves to go out and put everything in her mouth from bark to sticks to rocks... it's a constant eye on her and a "LEAVE IT!!" when I see her going for the bark.  She looks up at me like, "What? This is shredded yumminess!"

Puppy proof your yard as best you can.  If you know they tend to put everything in their mouth pick it up.  Steve as a puppy tried to gnaw on my cement wall, yep that was a smack to the butt and a "leave it" from me.

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I might be totally off the wall here as I'm sure human symptoms are different than canine, but when people crave things like rocks and dirt, it usually is due to anemia.. Have you had Titus's blood work done recently?

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Hmm, all concerning responses. I'll get him into the VET right away, like this weekend. Probably Saturday morning if possible. 

The leash thing is a good idea, I guess we won't get to run around outside as much till I can figure this out. Not like we did much running, his attention is so fixated on finding the next broken cement or straw to chew on.

To answer some of the questions. No I haven't had blood work done. His food is Purina Beneful brand.

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Uh, yeah...Beneful isn't so good.  You can find better foods for a reasonable price.  We just want you to beware of the rock thing.

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i'm willing to pay whatever, I just want the best for my Titus. Any strong recommendations for dog food I am ALL ears??

 

and I have put "Operation No Rocks" in full effect with Leash, Commands, and of course FUN distractions!

 

thanks

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Orijen is a good food if you're willing to spend big bucks for it. Canidae is good, too, better access to it than Orijen if you're in the U.S. if you'd rather feed Tidus dry than BARF (i forgot the meaning of the acronym) or Raw :) It depends on you, of course.

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I feed Canidae All Life Stages---it's a holistic dog food and about mid-range in price between Beneful and Orijen.  My doberman and terriers all eat it and love it.  Actually, there are a lot of good dog foods out there---you just need to do a little research, decide what your price range is, and get the best that you can afford to get.  I feed five dogs, so Orijen is just way out of my price range.

Oh, and I've always heard that B.A.R.F. stands for Bones And Raw Foods or something to that effect.

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Kaiser eats Taste of the Wild Bison flavor... good luck

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Jacobi eats taste of the wild salmon flavored...kinda expensive for me and wondering if i should stick with this??

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Rocky use to chew at the breaking pieces of concrete around the porch and house foundation.  He would chew up the rocks/concrete but he never really ate them.  Same with stuffing and bedding he chews them but doesn't eat them....I'm sure some were swallow...but most just chewed

 

He hasn't done that in a long time now and now that I really think about it I"m not sure if that was when I changed his food to Blue or if he just happened to grow out of it.  Could have been looking for some nutrient I wasn't even aware of like everyone mentioned.   Either that or he just can't find anymore rocks in the back yard haha

 

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You have to watch what they eat. They need to learn and they need their new human parent to let them know what not to try to eat.

We all know about Kongs. Well, what you may not know is that the inventor was an auto mechanic who had a dog who was bad about chewing on the bolts and pieces of suspensions. He got tired of it and was working on a cars front end, took one of the rubber bushings that he was replacing and threw it to the dog. The dog loved it and the idea was born. That is also why the original Kong has that unique shape - it's a car bushing shape. Give him something safe to chew on that he cannot swallow, and even then watch them for getting bits off and swallowing them. (Rubber is not digestible, even by dogs).

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Rick---that is SO interesting about the Kong origin.  Seriously, I would have never guessed, but always wondered why that unique shape.  Whatever---it works.  

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Sorry to crash the post but my puppy eats leaves and plants most of the time he spits them out. Is this bad for him are many plants poisonous?

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Depends on the plants - make sure you look up a list of plants and food that are poisonous to dogs..

Just google a few sites - here's one and there's a link near the bottom of the food list on plants for you too. 

http://www.entirelypets.com/toxicfoods.html

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Thats really helpful thank you. I had no idea about the bulbs!

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i honestly thought it was a doberman trait to eat ANYTHING....the ones i've had did....my first one ate slate....not just chew but swallow....i would get onto him and try to teach him no but it was hard....we lived in an area that under the grass was almost all slate and so he didnt have to hunt for it lol....looked out not too long ago and major was eating the bark of the tree!! i scolded him and he left it.....maybe coinsidence but my females didn't do it much just the males??

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Wow, didn't know that about Kong!

Clyde took to eating dirt near the end of his life. 

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oh yea....kong's was the one thing he wouldn't eat or play with haha