Why do dogs eat wood?

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Why do dogs eat wood?

Postby Angela Adams » Fri Oct 03, 2008 2:48 pm

Anyone know my dogs love to eat wood chips and branches from my trees?
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Postby Deniselynn » Fri Oct 03, 2008 2:59 pm

I would love to know the answer to this question. My dogs love to eat wood as well.
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Postby littleCloClo » Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:03 pm

I wish I knew too! Chloe loves ANY wood: branches, trees, furniture, baseboard, etc.
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Postby pitgrrl » Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm

My two only try to eat things like wood chips and branches when their stomachs are upset :dunno:
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Postby L Boogie » Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:35 pm

I don't know. We just got back from Japan, and there are lots of old trees in my mom's yard. Sticks are their new favorite toys. At least they are cheaply entertained. lol
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Postby spammie » Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:23 am

why do dogs eat/chew wood?
because they can 8)
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Postby austin. » Sat Oct 04, 2008 10:20 am

spammie wrote:why do dogs eat/chew wood?
because they can 8)

haha yeah. i don't see why it would be anymore complex than that. it may be though, what do i know.

its probably a nice texture for them. kind of soft, kind of crunchy.

same reason we bite pencils probably.
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Postby msvette2u » Sat Oct 04, 2008 10:45 am

spammie wrote:why do dogs eat/chew wood?
because they can 8)

Chewing is a stress relief/comfort as much as anything.
If a dog is teething it will chew on ANYTHING.
If a dog is bored, it will chew.
But mostly, "because they can" is as good of answer as any of the above.

Postby Kahlie » Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:11 am

Jasper likes to chew occasionally, but doesn't go out of his way to.
Whereas Cyrus goes berserk when a log/branch/twig is found! Or rather did, when he got to walk around without a muzzle. Mind you he still tries, and that in itself is a funny sight!

Maybe they're part beavers?
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Postby mtlu » Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:16 am

Wood is a food group for dogs lol
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Postby 6pak » Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:18 am

Regardless of whether they love it or not, the only thing that should be eating wood is termites. Don't let them do it.
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