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    Default Rock Eater - Need Solutions

    I have put this on DOL, but I'd be interested to hear suggestions from members here.

    I have a rock eater. Monte (the sleepy doofus in my avatar).

    I was hoping that in this new house Monte would somehow 'forget' his fascination for eating them and I wouldn't have to block off part of the yard. He hasn't forgotten how much he loves eating them afterall it seems.

    My yard is only small, it is mainly stamped concrete and gardens. There is a largish side passage that has been filled with pebbles. I have now blocked this off which leaves the dogs wtih only a very small area to lay around and toilet in. I would love to be able to allow them up the side passage as they love to explore and wander about and there are gardens along the side of the house also.

    The area covered by the pebbles is approximately 35 metres long and about 1.5 metrres wide so to replace it with something else will be costly and difficult. My husband has suggested that perhaps we can use quick drying cement to pour over the first 4 metres or so and then place a fence there, just so they have a little extra room, and work the cement in so that the pebbles are still visible but not able to be picked up.

    I have some reservations about this method although it could possibly work.

    Does anyone know of any other ways of stopping Monte from eating them? I can't muzzle him as I am yet to find a muzzle that suits flat faced breeds and that would be comfortable enough for him to wear all day.
    Last edited by Anne; 03-29-2011 at 02:52 PM.
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    I think your hubby is spot on. You can get some really nice effects from pebbles in concrete. Other than that I suppose you could try and find something he likes to gnaw on other than rocks as they surely can't be good for teeth or digestive systems should they be swallowed.
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    Could you sprinkle/spray something horrible tasting over them? Might be enough to deter him.

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    Thanks Gillby, that does look good. What is it? Is it concrete? A special product? Can you give me soe detail so I can chase it up. Thanks!

    Sharoo, nothing will stop him. He suffers from pica which is caused by his medications for epilepsy. He eats anything that will fulfil his need for food. This includes bark chips, rocks and poo and anything else that he thinks might be tasty like gumnuts and sometimes even leaves from pot plants.

    Monte is our "problem child". *sigh*
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    I was going to suggest what your husband already did :-)
    It's pretty easy.. just go to Bunnings and tell them what you want to achieve and they will point you in the right direction.

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    My mums Basset Hound is the same, if it's not nailed down it will be in his mouth.

    She hasn't found a solution yet apart from watching him like a hawk when he's outside.

    I love the look of the pebbles and concrete. I imagine you would just use a fairly sloppy concrete mix and when it is starting to dry on top use a soft wet brush or towel to expose the pebbles.

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    First thing I thought was pica. But is he only eating rocks?
    Is it possible its just a chewing outlet?
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    Thanks CL, this is possibly what we will do. I was wondering how you keep the pebbles clean on top... I thought that perhaps you scooped some up and spread them after pouring the mix.

    Myf - yes, it's pica of a sort. It is caused by the phenobarbitone (Pb) which is known ot increase appetite. Pugs are gluttons as it is, and the Pb increases this tendency to be gluttonous as it increases their hunger. So he walks around all day thinking of food. Over the eyars, this has manifested into an obsession with licking everything and eating anything he can. He also wakes between 4am and 5am every day of the week, 365 days of the year, and cries for food.

    He is fed at 5.30am and he knows this. He is medicated at 12 hourly intervals with his food. He also squeals like a pig, while standing between my legs, when I am preparing his food.

    He really is a special case.

    Our lives revolve around him and has for over 7 years.
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    As CL suggested. The process is much the same as mosaics. Wipe of the pebbles with water and the concrete won't stick to the top of them. I have no idea what type of pebbles you have at the moment but I did a search of literally, pebbled concrete and this is the result for images pebbled concrete - Google Search

    and this is how to do it.

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    We had a dog in kennels recently with pica issues. The family added pineapple to his food (apparently vet recommended) and we had no issues while he stayed with us. 'Food for thought'

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