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Hi everyone,
I have a question I am encountering issue where Luna is eating grass every time I take her out and leave her outside for a little bit or 30 minutes while Iím with her in the backyard.
I need advice on how to stop this all lot to do if thereís anything to put on the grass so she wonít eat but then again I know thatís chemicals and I do not want to hurt Luna so please any advice on this.



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Does she eat it completely? When mine was younger he would grab a mouthful of grass at times and kind of fling it everywhere. He also liked grabbing "sticks" that were still attached to the bushes in our yard. lol He seemed to just enjoy doing that, but I taught him not to over time. He would also fling grass or dig a bit if I stopped and talked with anyone for too long (not paying him attention.) He stopped that too as I taught him it was undesirable and he would just lay there and patiently wait.

Are y'all playing together in the 30 minutes or is she out there while you are doing yard stuff? She may just be signaling "Play with me!" if she's younger.

There was a particular grass down near our neighborhood pond area where he would literally try to eat the grass or at least lick it. My other dog did too. I think they just like the way it tastes. I've only seen a little bit of watery spitting up (not really vomit) with grass in it in my dog owning years.

I suppose if I saw other symptoms I would consider illness. Maybe Luna (I like her name) is a dog who would like some tasty broccoli or something like that for a treat?

The yard people always assure me whatever they put on the lawn will not harm my dogs, but I'm skeptical.
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Thank you for your response. Thank you for your response
SHeís very playful she likes to spend a lot of time with the family she hates being alone and she loves to eat the crust but I think itís more likely after sheíll eat it then spit it and eat it you know so I was just a little bit concerned if this was a common thing on golden retrievers just like him I donít know if this is for every dog breed.
Thatís another issue she hates being alone even when I walk away from the room she starts crying and is that a normal thing? Lol

Excuse my silly questions but Iím still in getting to know my retriever mode. Lol
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We do play with her in the backyard but you know if she wants to continue want to continue so as much as we can spend time with her is great.
But, when I have to run in because I have things to do inside I leave her out she starts crying like a baby or barking so I donít know whatís her little issue.
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How old? Have you crate trained? Goldens can be prone to separation anxiety. They love being with their family. I didn't leave mine outside alone really, so I can't help you there. I did let him, once an adult, go potty out in the fenced yard alone occasionally, but I left the back door open for his return. He never stayed gone long. He'd potty and come right back in. Besides the trouble they can get into on their own outdoors due to environmental hazards, I didn't want to give anyone an opportunity to take my beautiful dogs. I don't exactly have guard type breeds (a Golden and Cavalier.) They are friendly to anyone who approaches. Mine definitely liked to know where I was and preferred me in sight. In his crate, Luke was fine when he was young, if I left for a short while. As he got older, he did fine just being left in the house. We always had a second dog for company.

Sorry -- I talk in present and past tense about my dogs because Luke passed recently. We still have sweet Abby (our Cavalier) and look forward to another Golden in the future.

One time I left Luke in his crate and forgot to close it. When I got home about an hour and a half later, he was still laying there with the crate door wide open. lol

This forum is a great resource for information. There are also breed specific books you can read to learn more about your Golden - and behaviors more specific to the breed.
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Oscar eats a bit of grass every day and it does not seem to do him any harm. His bowel movements are fine and his vet feels he is quite healthy. At the end of the day are there any health effect?
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Scott eats grass whenever he feels like it. Maybe 1 or 2 times a week, if he finds a tasty looking patch of grass. We call him 'Daisy the cow' when he's having a bit of a graze... It's never caused any issues, and we think it's probably fairly normal. Maybe he just fancies a bit of roughage and fiber in his diet?
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We do play with her in the backyard but you know if she wants to continue want to continue so as much as we can spend time with her is great.
But, when I have to run in because I have things to do inside I leave her out she starts crying like a baby or barking so I donít know whatís her little issue.

She wants to be with you - just bring her inside with you when you go in. It's not at all abnormal for a Golden - they don't like being away from their people.


For the grass eating, if you don't want her to do it, don't leave her outside unsupervised. If you are with her, you can distract her, play with her, correct her when she does it. But a little grazing won't hurt her if that is your concern. My dog is a small cow - she loves eating grass. But if your pup is being destructive to your yard, that's not the same. That needs to be stopped.

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Dogs are omnivores. They enjoy eating grass. Won't hurt anything.

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