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3rd March 2007, 09:33 PM
Do all cavaliers eat sticks and wood whilst out on walks. My two are a nightmare and trying to get the sticks off of them is really hard.

3rd March 2007, 09:37 PM
:roll: :roll: :roll: i had to elevate my ficus tree to keep indy from eating its branches and he also ate the dead blueberry bush on my balcony. it's not a big problem on walks but that's probably because there is gum and other stuff to distract him. maybe it's because we live in the city and he doesn't have much access to grass? yvonne do you have a garden or is it city walks for yours as well?


3rd March 2007, 09:42 PM
Alfs likes to eat sticks,chewing gum and rabitt pooooo.if i catch him in time he will drop it.I find tiny stones are the worst,they do find there way out agian.

3rd March 2007, 10:58 PM
We'll at the moment we don't have too many sticks on the ground as they are all covered with snow.

But Dudley is terrible for picking up bird feathers, the wee one will pick up anything and everything.

The Hunting instincts in them.
;) ;) ;) ;)

3rd March 2007, 11:51 PM
Yep, sticks and stones :yikes are considered a treat in these parts and certain little fluffy boys I know will sneak away when and if they manage to thieve one to enjoy them just incase their mammy finds them and snatches it away.

3rd March 2007, 11:51 PM
GREAT question...I was wondering the same. Molly & Max eat sticks all the time and it's very hard to keep them from eating them!

We partially heat the house with a wood stove and I am constantly trying to sweep up the extra bits of wood that end up on the floor from filling the stove. The pups will race right over to eat it up. My dh doesn't think it's a big deal to let them eat it!!!!!! I think it's not good at all, especially since Max let out a yelp of pain when pooping one morning...I checked the poop out and there was a 1" piece of wood...cross ways....must have hurt the little guy. I can only imagine that this is NOT good.

I do my best to keep them from chewing sticks.

Cathy T
4th March 2007, 12:58 AM
We have an open wood storage thingy built in next to the fireplace...Jake likes to jump up there and help himself to wood slivers. He is also like to graze on the wood chips in the potty area. Drives me absolutely batty. Shelby prefers abc (already been chewed) gum....gross!!

4th March 2007, 02:10 AM
My three will eat anything and everything that is on the floor. One of my favorite saying's is in dog ...the phrase "What have you got" means "SWALLOW" :sl*p:

I learned that with Reggie and it holds true with all of them..

Makes for alot of yard cleaning . :D

Cathy T
4th March 2007, 02:38 AM
the phrase "What have you got" means "SWALLOW"

And swallow quickly :D

4th March 2007, 04:47 AM
You are not alone - and it isn't just the Cavaliers. There is a section of our fence where the girls just love to go chew. We have jasmine growing on the fence along with other assorted prizes. And Wallis brought in some gravel last night and was chewing it.

Sasha loves styrofoam peanuts and paper napkins.

Eternal two year olds. You just go with the flow!

4th March 2007, 05:44 AM
My boy loves to eat wood but my girl does not. My boy is also quite rambunctious and my girl is very prim and proper.

4th March 2007, 07:13 AM
We had an ice storm this week. Kodee got to jump through huge snow banks and then eat the fallen branches. I spent 1/2 hr picking up 2' branches and piling them up - she was getting :x because she couldnt get them out as fast as I was putting them in.

Spring will be FUN! I put cedar chips around the ENTIRE perimeter of my backyard in the garden. The odd one that pokes through the snow makes it to her mouth :sl*p: I cant stand to think how much money I am going to be turning over to bury then. That or its going to take an awful lot of Bitter Apple Spray :yuk:

4th March 2007, 01:50 PM
Thanks everybody I feel much better now. Mine eat every stick and branch they come into contact with. Our park has wood chips at the entrance and they would rather stay and eat the wood chips than go for a run!!

Kim we are lucky we do have a large town 5 mins away but in the other direction we have countyside and woodland (full of bits of wood). My husband calls the dogs for a walk by telling them its wood snack time.

4th March 2007, 01:52 PM
I forgot to mention, when the kids have biscuits and sweets they are not interested but if the have ice lollies the dogs pester them for the lolly sticks.

4th March 2007, 02:28 PM
oh indy loves to sneak off with his sticks so i can't see him.....yesterday i realised that he's learned a new trick. he now knows that if he holds something in his mouth without moving/chewing it while he walks past me then i won't know to take it away. he points himself away from me and drops it into his paws so i think he's grooming. he pulled that little move with a pistachio shell yesterday.

they are so clever with their little ways :roll:

4th March 2007, 02:29 PM
alfs was at the vets over christmas he had to have the stones taken out of his bum,as they were stuck he did yelp.but he hasnt learnt his lesson yet .

15th March 2007, 04:41 PM
....but it drives me nuts!! :yikes I'm kind of relieved to read that it seems to be a cav trait to eat sticks and chew gravel loudly. Our little 8 month girl Maisy sometimes goes into overdrive and just vacuums everything up that she can potentially chew/swallow either on town walks or country walks. I am at a loss as to work out how to stop this behaviour as it cannot be good for them. Does anyone here know if they grow out of this or is it for life and we should just accept it? :yuk:

Best regards Maisy's Mom & Dad :D

15th March 2007, 04:55 PM
We are now monitoring Harvey very closely as over the weekend he ate half my wicker laundry basket. It made him sick the next day and he bought up loads of bits of wicker. We told the vet and we have been told to watch him carefully. He has not been sick since but every poo he does is full of bits of wicker. We will have to take him staright back to the vet if he stops eating or pooing. What a worry they are!

15th March 2007, 08:10 PM
I'm so glad you all brought this up. Sofee picks up woodchips and small stones everytime she goes out for a pee. I have given up trying to get it out of her mouth, too much racing and growling :? . So now I simply trade her for a Cheerio as soon as we get back into the house. It's much easier for both of us!!! :D
Also, Sofee has eaten two pistachio shells herself and threw up both of them the next morning. I can't even take the nut bag out of the closet without her whining and begging!! I've had to scare my husband into not ever dropping another shell again! :yikes

15th March 2007, 08:18 PM
Dylan keeps eating grass and leaves. He threw up today. It's a shame because he loves being in the garden but I have to keep calling him in every 5 minutes. :?

15th March 2007, 08:38 PM
I was taught that it is an old wives' tale that dogs will eat grass, but every time Bubba sees any or ours gnawing on anything green outside he says they must be sick......I just can't train him.

The first doxie we had used to love to get in the litter box (none of were well trained yet!). I remember taking her to work with me one day and she was pooping and puking the litter. We learned a lesson but she didn't.

15th March 2007, 09:15 PM
jadan tends to like certain types of sticks as he will pick up a stick and chew on it then spit it out or another one that he will try and devour!!! maybe a certain type of tree or certain smell. ;) i made the mistake of just letting him be with one yesterday and when he came in he was sick twice then this morning yelped when pooping as the rest came out. :yikes didnt learn his lesson as he was still after them this afternoon only this time i made sure that i ran after him so that he wouldnt sit long enough to chew. made a bit of a game of it, am sure the mums all thought he was a very naughty dog for not sitting still and making me chase after him but to be honest if i didnt then he would graze the whole time anyway icon_whistling icon_whistling and whats the point of taking him out for a walk when all he will do is sit and chew!! :? :? :?