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So I know that throwing sticks is not good - they can leap onto them & injure themselves. Should I get too paranoid though about ones that the dog picks up from the garden & then proceeds to chew ? Our garden backs onto a few trees & so inevitably there are lots of sticks / small branches around. Do I let the pup get on & chew or should I be strict doggy mummy & remove ?


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Hi Lisa,

I share your predicament. Saffi is obsessed with chewing sticks in the garden – we don’t throw them on walks either. I feel like if we tried to stop her we’d be doing it all day!

Will be interested to hear what people say

Turi x
 

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My lounge often resembles a scene from Autumn Watch! Hattie brings in all sorts of rubbish! I ignore it and collect it the next day. The danger with sticks is when they chase a thrown stick which can then get impailed into their mouths if it is stuck up in the ground. I see nothing wrong with bringing in a stick chewing it and spitting it out. The less attention you pay to the behaviour the less the problem. Good luck.
 

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Millie loves to chew on sticks too. I did worry about it for a while, but after watching her I notice she finds ones that are pretty quick to crumble. A lot of the stick just makes a mess, but I know she does seems to ingest some pieces. I've decided that these are tiny fragements and being organic will be digested in the gut.
 

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Sounds like we're all in the same boat then!

I did buy a safestix but didn’t bother looking at the measurements and when it arrived I was shocked to see that it was nearly twice the length of Saffi and so heavy she couldn’t even pick it up!
 
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