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Posted by: Bev | 2011/08/15

Dogs chewing on 1 large rock

Our 3 healthy happy large dogs are all chewing on a large rock. I feed them good quality pellets with tin dog food in the mix, they get bones and other raw hide chewies every day. Do you know why they are all knawing away at this one rock?

I asked this question to Cyber Vet and he said that all he knows is that we need to stop them knawing away at this rock as it will destroy their teeth.
Please may you offer insight into this behaviour.

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Hi Bev, the cyber vet it totally correct! From a behaviour point of view when a dog/ engage in this sort of behaviour it is often due to stress/boredom/frustration. So make sure they are getting walks to stimulate them both physically and mentally. What I would do as well is to start varying the chewies and make them really interesting. Make a hoof more interesting by smearing a bit of peanut butter (organic if possible as large quantities of P.butter can be toxic to dogs) right inside the hoof, and jamming in a piece of biltong. You can take an empty cold drink water and boil water to fill 3/4 of it to which about 1`t of marmite or bovril is added. When the mixture has cooled, pop this in the freezer and give to dogs when frozen. You can also fill the inside of a Kong with the dogs food (slightly mushy) and jam a dog biscuit over it. Items like these will be a lot more rewarding to the dogs than chewing on a large rock.
Where the rock is concerned it could be that it is being used as a toilet for a bird and the dogs are enjoying the taste of same. If you can just remove the rock, if not, i would suggest that you spray pure Citronella on it on a regular basis which may make it unpalatable for the dogs.
Finally, ensure that your dogs are receiving a good quality dog food to ensure that all their mineral and vitamin requirements are being met. Hope this helps, thanks Scotty

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Posted by: Dog Behaviour Expert | 2011/08/16

Hi Bev, the cyber vet it totally correct! From a behaviour point of view when a dog/ engage in this sort of behaviour it is often due to stress/boredom/frustration. So make sure they are getting walks to stimulate them both physically and mentally. What I would do as well is to start varying the chewies and make them really interesting. Make a hoof more interesting by smearing a bit of peanut butter (organic if possible as large quantities of P.butter can be toxic to dogs) right inside the hoof, and jamming in a piece of biltong. You can take an empty cold drink water and boil water to fill 3/4 of it to which about 1`t of marmite or bovril is added. When the mixture has cooled, pop this in the freezer and give to dogs when frozen. You can also fill the inside of a Kong with the dogs food (slightly mushy) and jam a dog biscuit over it. Items like these will be a lot more rewarding to the dogs than chewing on a large rock.
Where the rock is concerned it could be that it is being used as a toilet for a bird and the dogs are enjoying the taste of same. If you can just remove the rock, if not, i would suggest that you spray pure Citronella on it on a regular basis which may make it unpalatable for the dogs.
Finally, ensure that your dogs are receiving a good quality dog food to ensure that all their mineral and vitamin requirements are being met. Hope this helps, thanks Scotty

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