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Puppy eating sticks

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I know, I know- this sounds stupid. My puppy can't go outside without eating sticks, and leaves. I know....dogs and sticks... its 'normal' but my pup doesn't just chase and chew them.... she outright eats them.

i had a poop from her today that looked like she ate a box of toothpicks for dinner the night before.

Anyone have experience with this... I keep a close eye on her when out for potty time and it pretty much ends up with me chasing her around getting sticks and wood out of her mouth...

is this a phase? any suggestions on it? I have had plenty of dogs before... i understand their love of fetching sticks and what not. But I've never had one who loved to EAT them entirely.

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Do you keep her on a leash outside? I'm sure someone else will give you a better answer but basically when Rusty goes pick up things that he shouldn't, I tug him away on the leash and say Leave It! Other times when he manages to get them I just have to pull them out of his mouth. Adorable girl btw!
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I would keep your pup on a lead until she learns the word leave it. Some leaves can be poisonous to dogs - Quinn ate an oak leaf about a week after we had him and it gave him really bad colitis, and as you probably know sticks could cause internal injury. Other than keeping the garden clear - we usually go on a clear up before letting Quinn out - I'm unsure what else you could do. Good LUCK



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Your puppy is SO cute! I agree with what has already been posted too.. but I also have no real insight on this topic.


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That is one majorly cute puppy.

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First....Oh my god your pupppppy is soooooo cute. Reminds me soooo much of our Katie. That puppy face is soooo precious.

About the sticks.......Katie eats sticks but has never swallowed them. Goldens love sticks Katie is always looking for a new stick to chew when we are out walking.
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Our puppy eats sticks too...and socks...panties...rubber from old tennis shoes. He is 8 months old now and hasn't eaten a stick in awhile. So maybe they just grow out of it. But yeah his poop used to look like he ate a pile of firewood! I was told by the vet that eating the sticks shouldn't hurt them, and luckily ours had no a.dverse events from it.
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Thanks guys!

got some good ideas there! Thank you!

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She is just adorable and is growing so fast.

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Your pup is soooo cute! Mackenzie also eats sticks/grass/rocks/leaves/grass and other organic material (no poop, thankfully). As much as I worry, she's never had a problem. I've tried everything to stop the behavior but, honestly, she wears me down in most cases. She turns it into a game of chase and, well, we all know that game.

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