I have a labradoodle that is a major rock hound. I have basic obedience training knowlege and rehabilitate agressive dogs but this has gotten me stuck. Is there anything I can do? She is 5yrs old, I've had her since 6 months old. She very well trained otherwise. I've been trying other toys and sticks since the beginning. She knows they are underground and diggs them up so much that I have a new pond, but her front teeth are almost gone. Hope you know a secret that might help. Thanks!
I changing the surroundings to a grass lawn with no rocks, that's when she figured out they are underground and I had no lawn. I would take them away and give her other toys when she was young. I try to keep her attention on other activities when she starts hunting a rock down but she always seems to have one.
My name isXXXXX have 35 yrs. Experience training, Obedience, behavior, Shelter & Rescue Dogs, Agility, CGC, Therapy work.
It sounds like you have done many things right.
Strange cravings can sometimes be triggered by not getting enough nutrients.
Your dog may chew on or eat nonfood items because of a digestive disorder, a parasitic infestation, a metabolic disorder, a nutritional deficiency/dietary imbalance or poisoning. Check with your veterinarian to rule out possible medical problems.
I believe I would try a Kong filled with something very yummy and you may have already tried a Kong, however, I like to fill it with a mixture of some of her normal kibble and cheese or yogurt or peanut butter and then FREEZE it. It keeps the the dogs busier for a longer period of time.
If she is spending time outside alone without supervision, you may want to consider a Large out door Kennel with deck floor so she cannot dig. This will help her to overcome the digging and rock chewing especially if it is obsessive compulsive behavior.
Have you tried a basket muzzle ( she can still drink and pant with this type of muzzle) to protect her teeth from further damage?
You can also try putting some rocks around covered in something really yukky tasting. Like Bitter Apple or even some hot sauce to discourage her taste for rocks.
I hope that some of these suggestions are a help for you.
Please let me know if you have further questions.
Best Wishes, Abbey
35+ years Training Dogs
Hi Dean,I'm just following up with you to see how your Labradoodle is doing. Did my answer help?Let me know,Abbey