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Q: Why does my dog eat branches?

November 13, 2008 | By Nicole M. | 13 answers | Expired: 2211 days ago

Nicole M.

My dog never chewed on sticks, until we fostered Hunter. Once again my dog learned a behavior from another dog - is it from frustration or is he missing something from her diet?

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Crystal  m.
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Nov 16, 2008

well, it might be hungary or it just want's to play with the stick

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maygan g.
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Nov 15, 2008

My jack loves to chew branches. He doesn't eat them just chews. He will also chew acorns and spit them out. It's just his crazy habit.

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Lorena C.
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Nov 14, 2008

I think it's learned, our dogs do a lot of similar things. As soon as there is more than one dog in the house, they along with you (pack leader) are a pack.

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Fran B.
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Nov 14, 2008

Its probably a learned behavior, I would think. Horses can learn things from other horses, so I imagine dogs can too!

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SchnauzerFan
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Nov 14, 2008

I don't think its from something lacking in the diet. When we got a mini schnauzer puppy, he started chewing sticks when outside. It was actually quite funny to watch him carry around these sticks twice the length he was. He mostly just gnaws at them, I think for something to do as he treats the sticks like his other toys. Because of him, one of our other dogs and also our foster dog now chew sticks, but its not like they are eating it. They use it as a toy, play tug of war with it, etc. I figure if they were born in the wild, that is also what they would play with as they wouldn't have nice soft squeaky toys around.

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Nov 14, 2008

My long loves chewing on sticks. Or anything else for that matter. He's still young and I think he just gets bored. Then he tries to bring them into the house.

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Andrea D.
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Nov 14, 2008

What breed? I know my golden always has to have something in his mouth. Could be boredom, frustrated energy. Likes crunchy things? I doubt very highly if it is something lacking in the diet.

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Stacy  R.
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Nov 14, 2008

I have had dogs before that chew on wood too! I used to think that is was ok until a twig got stuck in her throat. The only way I noticed it was because she kept acting like she was going to vomit. I was able to have my husband hold her mouth open and I was able to grab the tip and pull it out.
The next few times we went outside I would give her other things to chew on. If she got a stick, etc. I would bring her in immediately. She must have learned after a couple of times because she ended up stopping her behavior with sticks and tree branches.

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Paws4acause
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Nov 14, 2008

Our dog max loves chewing on our fallen down mesquite tree. He just chews it to pieces. I think it helps him in many ways. Keeps him from chewing on other things and maybe it keeps his teeth clean. He is a chewer and as long as it isnt hurting him then im ok with it..

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Lauren W.
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Nov 14, 2008

I do know one of our dogs did actually lodge a piece of wood in the roof of her mouth. So, as for the safety of it all, I wouldn't be so sure.

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