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Our year old golden retriever keeps eating rocks and concrete she digs up out of the yard. I'm afraid eventually something is going to get stuck. So far all has been OK, but it's only a matter of time.
Short of fencing her in a small area of the yard, how can we prevent this? She has tons of toys, even a pool to swim in, and she still does it. These are pretty big pieces she's chewing up. Help!
Thanks for your email. Dogs will sometimes chew stones to keep themselves entertained. Small stones are usually ok, and will pass through their systems without causing too much damage, but large stones can be very dangerous, by obstructing food passage or tearing the intestinal wall.
So, it is important that your dog is discouraged from eating these stones.
There are a couple of things you can try, such as using a reprimand technique when you catch her eating the stones. Spray her in the face with cold water, or shake a can of pebbles and growl a guttural growl. Then lead her to a chew toy, and praise her for chewing that instead.
You could also use an aversive spray, available at pet stores, to deter her from putting the stones in her mouth. Or, I have even heard of mixing water with Chili powder and using a watering can to wet the stones. Once your dog gets the idea that stones actually taste pretty bad, she is hopefully less likely to continue eating them.
I hope this helps Sarah. Good luck, and please let me know how you progress.
Daniel Stevens and the Secrets to Dog Training Team
Give me a Kiss
This trick is quite an easy one to teach. Most dogs love to lick, so in order to teach this trick, all you need to do is attach a command to this natural everyday behavior.
When your dog licks your face say "Max, Give me a Kiss", then praise and reward him.
Repeat this every time he licks your face, and soon he will start to associate the phrase with the licking action, so that eventually you can actually have him lick you on command.
If your dog is not a natural "face licker", you can encourage him by smearing a little peanut butter on your cheek or chin. Once again, give him the command as he licks your face.
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