My Boston won't stop eating whatever fits in her mouth, now she is really sick!

Canada
August 2, 2007 12:27pm CST
My Boston tries to eat everything. Rocks, sticks, mud, ciggarette butts, hair, cat litter, bark, toys, fast food wrappers. These are all things I have pulled out of her mouth in the last couple of weeks. Now my baby is sick. She is at the vet right now getting Xrays and that Barum stuff. I am really worried. Do any of you have this problem of your Boston eating everything that fits in his/her mouth? Do any of you have solutions?
3 responses
@crazed_moma (1054)
• United States
2 Aug 07
Have you tried scruffing? Dogs are like kids, they need discipline. Mine likes to play with the kids' toys. I'm hoping it will teach them to put their things away.
• Canada
3 Aug 07
What is scruffing?
• United States
3 Aug 07
when you grab his scruff and take his "toy" away.
• Canada
6 Aug 07
Ahh. I think I have been doing something like that. I usually grab hold of her, take the grodie stuff away and say "yuckyy!" or "NO".
@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
9 Aug 07
I hope this doesn't come across as rude, but I have 6 dogs of my own, so I've been around the block when it comes to dogs. iF you know your animal is a chewer, or an investigarot - it's YOUR JOB to dog proof your home and yard. If they just won't stop swallowing things, PICK THEM UP. A Boston is small enough that you can easily keep things out of reach (try that with a German Shepherd) Keep the trash behind a pantry door, or in a TALL, lidded container. Put the litter box behind a baby gate, so the cat can get at it, but the dog can't. Pick up clothes, kids toys, shoes, put them all behind closed doors, in closets, up on shelves. keep things away! Put garden fencing around tree bases to keep the dog from picking up bark - and walk the yard to pick up sticks and rocks and keep them away from the dog. Mud? Well... not sure it's going to hurt the dog. my dogs eat mud too. Make sure he always has enough food and WATER. often eating mud adn grass is because they are dehydrated and seeking moisture.
• Canada
9 Aug 07
Hi Cassidy22. Perhaps I should fill you in, I live in the core of the city. The public park is her yard. She is walked twice a day, once by me and once by a trainer. The majority of the time spent on those walks is removing things from her mouth and attempting to train her away from bad habits. I only let her free run in a private yard that we visit every Sunday. Again, much of that morning is spent pulling organic matter, such as bark, twigs, rocks, and clumps of dirt out of her mouth. I am very careful with my puppy and with what is left in my home. She would never get into trash in my home, I have to admit I am insulted by your suggestion to put food in the trash, who wouldn't put food in the trash? I do not live in a dump. As for not feeding her enough or giving her enough water? Well...equally insulted. My puppy is 5 months old, I could feed her all day and she would still try to eat a greasy McDonalds wrapper. As for the litter box, I attempting to train her to stay out of it rather than keep her from it. I am looking for long term solutions. Thank you for your response.
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@peaceful (3305)
• United States
2 Aug 07
Sometimes the Toy breeds will display "weird" behavior to see how YOU respond... just like a human child... terriers are are innately smart breeds and can be really playful... I would venture to sat that they have a sense of humour, too! :) Don't worry... just be sure that you correct her before the "tricks' get out of hand! :) Take your question over to Dogster: http://www.dogster.com and see if one of their fine members can help you further! :)
• Canada
2 Aug 07
you are not the first person to mention dogster. I think I will take you up on your advice.