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Everytime I take my dog out to the backyard, all she does is aside from running around, eats the grass and branches. Id like to know why? is it hazardous? for both... She eats a god amount, so its not like shes starving but her thing now is to eat these things and I have to watch her closely when shes in the back yard... Shes not eating her poop or going for it as much as she used to, but doesn't stop chewing on things.

Any advise, experiences, thoughts...

i'd like to know any input on how to stop her form doing these things.

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Ditto here! Hard to keep stuff out of his mouth! Frogs, bugs, grass, sticks, and numerous plants.
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All of my dogs love to eat grass and sticks (including bark). I have never had any problems, chewing on things is a form of discovery for dogs. It also helps with teething, etc.

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Yep. That’s my Tucker (19 weeks). Pull up grass, chew up pieces of mulch. Ugh. I leave him be if he’s got a large piece of mulch but other times of course I take it away. I don’t want him chocking on small stuff. And naturally I distract with fetch and stuff. But mostly I just let him do doggo stuffs. LOL. I mean I try. I’m a bit of a HUGE fan of not leaving my eyes away from him that long at this age. 🙂 make him stop? I work the “leave it” command quite a bit and use it with a treat when I really want to use the moment for training opportunity. 🙂
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Until she starts drinking your Heineken, I wouldn't worry too much.
I try to pick up sticks in the yard to curb this, but it is futile. Scout typically doesn't mess with grass unless she isn't feeling well. Sticks, that's a different story!

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Yeah, this sounds pretty much normal...LOL

Brody will be 8 months on the 26th. He eats grass, chews on branches of all sizes and eats small twigs, grass, and plants all the time. Like you, I was a bit worried about this and started thinking he had a vitamin deficiency of some kind. Like you're hearing, I too heard about the same from replies to a post on the topic. This is pretty much normal behavior for a GR.

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yes she does the same.. eats the lightning bugs or chases flies.. always have to keep an eye on her.. she's such a baby...
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yes... its very worrisome! isn't the grass bad for them? she usually finds chunks of grass and eats it. I have to go and chase her to take it out of her mouth.
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I don't let our dogs chew sticks and stuff in the yard. They are never out alone. Always supervised. Even so, we don't always catch them. Pebbles cost us a few thousand dollars a few years ago when we had to have her stomach opened up because she ate a pen. They found all kinds of stuff in there including a bottle cap. No idea where that came from... She is always looking for something to eat. Loves socks. She knows what hydrogen peroxide tastes like... Pebbles has her CH title in counter surfing.

I gave up years ago trying to keep them from eating acorns though. Sandy is an acorn eater. Not too much, but she does. Our oak tree is raining acorns right now the size of large marbles. Can't keep up with it. Our neighbor has a Bardford Pear tree (which is nothing more than a giant weed!) on the property line. It's a messy tree that drops tons of little hard nut things that fall into our driveway. The dogs eat those when they are falling (like right now). They've never caused a problem either. They aren't allowed to eat sticks and bark though that fall from the trees.

Sticks can be dangerous.
I know someone, who early this year, had their Golden die after eating/chewing on a stick. A splinter stuck somewhere in its digestive track and killed the dog before the vets could save it. I forget the details and never asked for the details, but it happened really really fast. So sad. This is a dog person too who bred and showed Goldens for years.

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Bear, who’s 1, loves small branches and pieces of bark. I too keep track of him when he’s out. Wonder if my neighbors can hear me constantly saying, “leave it”, “drop it”. I bought one of those safe, hard plastic “sticks” with two balls on each end but he plays briefly with it but prefers stick. It has gotten better, however, so perhaps it’s just a puppy thing. Be persistent and keep him in your sights. Good luck.

As you can see in this pic, no matter the size, he loves sticks.
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