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Eating EVERYTHING

Discussion in 'Behavioral Issues' started by Dell, Jul 30, 2011.

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  1. Dell

    Dell Boxer Booster

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    Are all boxers hoovers? Kona is our first boxer and I'm noticing an odd behavior. She picks up the oddest things and tries to eat them. She will pick up any "garbage" type things and try to eat them. Her favorite are bits of paper, twigs, leaves, small rocks, fuzz from toys, strings, and...the latest...fur from when DH brushed the cat. She finds these little oddities and if we aren't fast enough, down they go.

    Is this a normal boxer trait that we'll have to continue to watch for? Or could it just be a puppy thing that she might hopefully outgrow? She's just turned 7 months old. She's super good about not chewing furniture/cabinets/shoes etc. She has an assortment of bones and toys to chew on and is awesome about using them. But the hoover habit has me worried that one day she'll scoop up something bad before I can get it out of that cavernous mouth!!

    Any other experiences and/or advice is greately appreciated! Thanks :)
     
  2. Diablows mum

    Diablows mum Boxer Buddy

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    my boys kinda the same, hes great for chewing things has NOT wrecked one thinig of importance scince we had him.... however from when we got him (10 weeks) to about 4 or 5 months old he tried to eat strange things like the fluff from his toys or bottle tops (confiscated from him immediatly) lol ....however.... he seems to have growen out of it... so there hope for you yet .....
    good luck :P
     
  3. Roge

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    Form my experience it is normal ,Roge is 3 and is not near a bad as he used to be but I still need to keep an eye on him. oh the joys of being a mum to a goofy silly furball. lol.
     
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  4. Gatorblu

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    Arabella went thru a phase when she was younger but grew out of it. Thor on the other hand, who BTW is 10 yrs old, can still hoover with the best of them! Tho' he is usually just looking for crumbs. (My dh can be pretty messy with his popcorn.) This is where the importance of the "leave it" command comes in, or in my house the "yucky" command.
     
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    Juno is the same. my other dogs never needed a leave it command, but I find myself using it allllll the time with her. :)
     
  6. ShariB

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    Roxie is an 11 week old hoover, whereas Rocco didn't bother anything. So I guess its just the individual. Roxie's favorite thing of all time is mulch. I take more mulch out of her mouth then I thought was even possible to have in my garden, lol
     
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    sriley Completely Boxer Crazy

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    This made me smile as we, too, use the "yucky" command which normally follows the "leave it" command that often goes ignored. :rolleyes:
     
  8. Brunopierock

    Brunopierock Boxer Buddy

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    I've never tried "yucky"...that's great!

    Rocky actually looks like a little vaccuum when he snorts around the floor after we eat...and Opie likes to try to eat the fuzz off of tennis balls and I'm pretty sure he's eaten at least 50 lbs of oak limbs, acorns and leaves.

    I call them my little goats. They are always one step ahead of me. They are so lucky that they're so cute!
     
  9. ruca girl

    ruca girl Boxer Buddy

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    i've got a hoover too!

    My girl is food obsessed. If she gets into something that she knows she isn't supposed to, she'll just swallow it as fast as she can. It almost sounds like she is hyperventilating she's so excited.

    During a play date with my neighbors' dog when she was around 4 months old we had a really "yuck" incident. My neighbors' dog found a dead rat that she picked up. She was told to "drop it" and the second she did, Ruca picked it up. I told her to come to me, and she did. I told her to drop it, and she just looked at me with a rat tongue hanging out of her mouth. I went to pry open her mouth to get the rat out and she swallowed it...whole!! Ew.

    The next day she managed to get a burrito off of the kitchen counter, take it out of the bag, take it out of the wrapper, and unwrap the tortilla. I found her only seconds after I heard the noise, but she was already frantically trying to eat every last morsel.

    I think my girl goes into some weird state when there is off-limits food accesible to her. She goes totally frantic and deaf. She is getting better with "leave it" now (I love yucky by the way) but when she has access to the food all bets are off!
     
  10. Rundogrun

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    My sister's boxers eat fabric softner sheets!!! My 10 week old doesn't count...she is still a pup and eats anything and everything!
     
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