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Q: Why is my dog eating oyster shells that he is digging up in my backyard?

June 6, 2009 | By Khebert | 2 answers | Expired: 1952 days ago

Samson is a 98 pound coonhound/lab mix. He loves to chew anything and has chewed just about everything - 2 x 4's, concrete chunks, pvc pipe. He is digging up the oyster shells that were placed in the yard by the previous owner. He used the area for parking. The shells are about 5 inches below the surface. Why is he chewing the shells? I am afraid that it will hurt him.

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Midwestwoman
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Jun 09, 2009

I imagine he's just chewing them because they're there, and he likes to chew. He can crush them like bones so I imagine they're satisfying to him. I don't think they would be nutritionally harmful, but I would guess the sharp edges could potentially injure his gut. Ask your vet if the sharp edges would be an issue.

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Jillian
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Jun 09, 2009

shells can have sharp edges and tear through his insides. probably not a good idea to let him continue this.
what you can do is teach him "leave it" - which is you offering him an object, lets assume a shell. you'll have to get your timing down, and you will, but say "leave it" as you offer him a treat w/your other hand. repeat this until he has learned that he gets a treat by leaving the object of his desires alone then practice this in your yard when he goes for the shells on the ground.

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