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    Shop Dog Question?

    The new dog seems to want to chew up some scraps of wood flavor doesnt seem to matter.. yes i feed him 3 cups of food a day and water also.. he hasnt seemed to have trouble with being clogged up both orifices work fine so do any of your shop dogs eat wood as well? or is this new guy just another freak of my luck coming out
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    My chocolate lab ate the baseboard at the top of the stairs when she was a pup. Thankfully, she switched to my wife's shoes

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    My one dog does it.. I think he thinks they're chips - which technically I guess they are "Mmmm look you made chiipps!" The same dog has also been known to eat pieces of drywall and concrete board if given half a chance so his palette isn't perhaps the most refined.

    There is also the "why would you be spending time on it if it wasn't food" question I'm pretty sure is somehow in their minds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Mooney View Post
    My one dog does it.. I think he thinks they're chips - which technically I guess they are "Mmmm look you made chiipps!" The same dog has also been known to eat pieces of drywall and concrete board if given half a chance so his palette isn't perhaps the most refined.

    There is also the "why would you be spending time on it if it wasn't food" question I'm pretty sure is somehow in their minds.
    hadnt thought of it like that ryan and ted he did show us a new trait last night he is a good mouser to,, the daughter and her family is here and they spotted a mouse in there room so we brought out the cat and the dog and the dog beat the cat to it.. didnt eat it just killed it and dropped in frnt of me.. good doggie
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    Izzy - see my avatar - loves to chew on scrap pieces of wood. Hasn't ever seemed to hurt her. She prefers cherry, btw. She also love browsing through the plane shavings on the floor - again, cherry preferred, but poplar, pine, and maple are acceptable.
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    this one likes them all so far oak has been the most prevalent to him..
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    I'm not an expert but some dogs do chew wood or whatever they get hold to release tension. Specially those dog breeds who are highly energetic and don't get enough activity, it is not a matter wether they are outside or not, it is a matter of burning energy and getting tired enough.

    I would be concerned of having some splints on his gums or even in his stomach though. I would buy him one of those rawhide bones or get a leg bone on the butcher.

    But again, I'm no expert neither a vet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    I'm not an expert but some dogs do chew wood or whatever they get hold to release tension. ...
    Not just dogs. The tiny kitten that showed up on our doorstep a few months ago has grown to be almost the size of our two-year-old female cat. LOML put a few cat toys in the garage for him, but he prefers to bring a stick in from the yard to chew and play with!
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    hadnt thought of it like that ryan and ted he did show us a new trait last night he is a good mouser to,, the daughter and her family is here and they spotted a mouse in there room so we brought out the cat and the dog and the dog beat the cat to it.. didnt eat it just killed it and dropped in frnt of me.. good doggie
    Warning, tails of mice smeared in peanut butter being consumed entire ahead. If such a thing bothers you skip this one and make a PB&J instead.

    Our current dogs have never been mousers and I suspect they never will be. Great at hunting rabbits, quail, and what have you but for some reason mice are just off limits.

    Quite a few years back when they were still young and spry I was cleaning out the garage and came upon a next of juvenile mice, just past the crawling stage and a bit before the running stage. Aha I think to myself here is a training exercise waiting to be had. So I collect the mice in a 5 gallon bucket, call the dogs and head out to the wide area in the drive way.

    First dog up comes over, picks up the mouse verrrrry carefully and takes him over to the lawn where he sets him down then bumps him with his nose with a "get along there little buddy" sort of look. The other one wouldn't even get close but sort of just stared at them with big eyes.

    So I think to myself "what do dogs love"? Well the solution immediately was obvious "peanut butter"; dogs love peanut butter. So I head into the house and grab a saucer with a bit of peanut butter on it and back out to the yard.

    Back to the first dog, we have one mouse that having been liberally smeared with peanut butter is pinned down and oh so gently and carefully licked clean. Followed by a repeat of the trip to the lawn and the gently send off. This isn't working out at all.

    The second dog "took the bate" as it were (he's the wood chip eater, no surprise here) and gulp gulp gulp down went the mouse with the peanut butter topping. There was a long pause.. realization.. the "how could you!" stare. He wouldn't take anything with peanut butter on it for the next six months without carefully checking to see if there was a mouse hidden underneath it.

    I don't think these dogs will ever be mousers.

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    well ryan to be exact this was a shrew but in my daughters eyes it was MOuSE
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