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    At our local "dog park" there are some olive trees. We sit under one and right now the olives are falling. The dogs eat the olives, almost obsessively. Then they tend to throw up later.

    They have eaten green olives and ripe black ones.

    Having sunk my teeth into an olive off a tree (bzsszzzt) I cannot understand why they want to eat them. Even my girl, who is not a "foodie" by any means, needed to be told a couple of times "no".

    Question: What's the attraction? It seems common, as many dogs have had a chew and the regulars are really hard to wean.

    However. Are the "raw" olives dangerous? Net browsing says no. But as I say, the guys do tend to throw up. That does not seem good. Olives were designed not to be eaten, to fens off birds etc. We have to spend about 6 weeks salting them to be able to eat them.

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    I dunno about the olives.

    Mine will eat possum poo, acorns, gum nuts (though mostly just to chew and spit out), pegs, though a dose of salt water stopped that, and bones - that disagree with her.

    I read / heard somewhere (Paul McGreevy) that dogs will avoid what makes them feel sick - but they have to have a strong association and they don't always make the right one. Ie my dog did work out that going in the car makes her car sick. But she failed to work out that eating gladwrapped roast chicken bones is going to get her the vomit treatment from the vet.

    Raw olives are very bitter, but the black black ones are not so bitter - even I can eat them. And grass is also bitter and dogs eat that happily too.

    So I guess it's up to you to give them something else to do instead of eating olives - or stay away from olive groves in autumn / harvest time.

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    OK. Thanks for the info. My girl eats grass, but that's what they do almost as a medicine. But she has very rarely eaten anything that made her crook (except grass). In fact I could not be sure she has _ever_ done it. She has been crook a few times, but most of those were grass related and I assume all was not well anyway.

    I can see where eating olives might be a medicine, but this is almost universal and quite compulsive, and definitely not the rare grass-eating that I have seen.....they even eat the seed.

    I wondered if the ripe olives were not as bad, but have never had the courage to try one! Interesting.

    HAH! Regarding the "stay away from olives" idea, one guy in the group of grumpy old men commented that no dogs were eating olives right now. I somewhat facetiously replied that their not being here right now helped a lot (they were all off on canine missions), but that did not work.

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    Dogs have a weird obsession with things that fall off trees.

    My younger dog will obsessively eat the palm nuts/seeds that are currently falling off in droves. Honestly as soon as she is outside she is at them. You would think they must taste good the way she obssesses over them but im not going to try them LOL.

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    Olives have very strong medicinal qualities, some health food shops will have a booklet on this if you look, your dogs quite possibly sense this, even though they might make them throw up there may be something there that they instinctively feel the need to eat.
    Perhaps try to limit how many they eat and see how they go, animals are very interesting things, they often know what they need in the natural world around them and go looking for it.
    Bitter foods are usually good for us but in small amounts 8>)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    Dogs have a weird obsession with things that fall off trees.

    My younger dog will obsessively eat the palm nuts/seeds that are currently falling off in droves. Honestly as soon as she is outside she is at them. You would think they must taste good the way she obssesses over them but im not going to try them LOL.
    Our two 14 month old Staffies are the exact same. They have a compulsion to gorge on them and they are whole when they come out the other end. We try raking up as many as we can to reduce the volume they eat but there are so many falling. W always tell them to leave them but behind our backs, they guzzle as many as they can before they are caught. So, do you think these seeds/nuts are pretty harmless? Should we stop worrying about them eating so many?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    Dogs have a weird obsession with things that fall off trees.

    My younger dog will obsessively eat the palm nuts/seeds that are currently falling off in droves. Honestly as soon as she is outside she is at them. You would think they must taste good the way she obssesses over them but im not going to try them LOL.
    Yeah somebody else was talking about the palm nuts and their dog. I have not taklen mine anywhere to test that one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Minibulls mum View Post
    Olives have very strong medicinal qualities, some health food shops will have a booklet on this if you look, your dogs quite possibly sense this, even though they might make them throw up there may be something there that they instinctively feel the need to eat.
    Perhaps try to limit how many they eat and see how they go, animals are very interesting things, they often know what they need in the natural world around them and go looking for it.
    Bitter foods are usually good for us but in small amounts 8>)
    Yes I wondered about that. I know olives are an amazing fruit. HAH! Limit Read the other bits here about that word obsession. I have never had to tell my girl more than twice about stuff like this, but she will not stop with the olives.

    Quote Originally Posted by Smithy View Post
    Our two 14 month old Staffies are the exact same. They have a compulsion to gorge on them and they are whole when they come out the other end. We try raking up as many as we can to reduce the volume they eat but there are so many falling. W always tell them to leave them but behind our backs, they guzzle as many as they can before they are caught. So, do you think these seeds/nuts are pretty harmless? Should we stop worrying about them eating so many?
    Well seeing what is being said, I may ease up a bit, as there seems _little_ harm. I guess if my girl throws up, I will take a dimmer view

    But if yours have access to the things all day, from your own tree....??? I guess if they eat them all the time and have shown no damage.... I have trawled the web about this and the general consensus seems to be little damage. So I dunno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithy View Post
    Our two 14 month old Staffies are the exact same. They have a compulsion to gorge on them and they are whole when they come out the other end. We try raking up as many as we can to reduce the volume they eat but there are so many falling. W always tell them to leave them but behind our backs, they guzzle as many as they can before they are caught. So, do you think these seeds/nuts are pretty harmless? Should we stop worrying about them eating so many?
    Yeah same here they come out whole the other end. So far no bad side effects for Phi and she has been eating them for ages now they just go through the system and come out the other end so I guess there is nothing wrong with them. Yes gorge is the perfect word for it

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    This is very interesting, I have grown an olive tree because of the medicinal properties of leaves and fruit, it has not yet had fruit as it is still young, if all dogs will eat the oloives I would let them have at least some when it does fruit.

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    The way to harvest olives is to put sheets or tarps underneath the tree and then get a long stick or broom or similar and beat the crap out of the tree. Olives fall and you can funnel them to where you want with the tarps.

    I'm a tad jealous, I'd like to have an olive tree with nice big olives half green and half black ie on the turn, for pickling... yum.

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