Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
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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