Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Bark Eating.....Help!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    75

    Default Bark Eating.....Help!

    Hey,

    My 11 week old beagle pup loves going outside just so she can eat the bark out there....

    It's hard to know if she wants to go out to go potty or if she just wants to eat more bark.


    Does anyone have any suggestions on stopping this?

    thanks!
    Meet Luna, a 13 month old Beagle pup in Melbourne with her sister Cynder a 13 week old Border Collie!
    Check out their blog at http://lunadogslife.blogspot.com

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    1,210

    Default

    Can you fence off the barked area? If not you could try going out with her and if she goes near the bark you say "NO" in a strern voice and move her away. Also have handy somethhing that would wouldnt mind her chewing and when you move her give her the chew toy.

    There is also some smelly stuff you can get from the pet store and spray on things you dont want your dogies to eat.

    Or Lemon water in a spray bottle, everytime she goes near it you spray her.

    Im sure something has some better suggestions but thats all I can think of.
    Rubylisious


  3. #3

    Default

    I would try re-directing, so using a marker word (usually "Arrrr" in a loud voice works) to mark the wrong doing and then offering her a bone or something yummy she can chew on to re-direct her chewing/eating needs onto something she is allowed to have.

    If re-directing isn't working, timeouts can work but you absolutely have to catch her in the act, and if you do again use a marker work ie: "too bad" and put her in "time out", a small laundry or toilet room for only 1 - 2 minutes or until she stops crying/whinging. And just make sure you consistently repeat.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    75

    Default

    Thanks, I'm trying re-direction with treats at the moment, we keeps her attention... but don't want that to be the only thing she stops for..

    Will see what I can do.
    Meet Luna, a 13 month old Beagle pup in Melbourne with her sister Cynder a 13 week old Border Collie!
    Check out their blog at http://lunadogslife.blogspot.com

  5. #5

    Default

    My dog did this a bit. Honestly as long as you don't let her each much it won't hurt her. She will grow out of it. Generally dogs eat things because they are missing something they need in their diet. So maybe look at the diet you are feeding her, she may need more minerals and nutrients (eating bark with dirt on it)

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    75

    Default

    We currently feed her Hills science diet: puppy and she will get some pedigree puppy milk in the mornings and my dog puppy meat for lunch and afternoon...

    Should I switch to something like Optimum?
    Meet Luna, a 13 month old Beagle pup in Melbourne with her sister Cynder a 13 week old Border Collie!
    Check out their blog at http://lunadogslife.blogspot.com

  7. #7

    Default

    Honestly it is up to you. You just need to make sure it is a good balanced diet.

    Sorry I know bugger all about dry food because I feed only raw food diet to my dogs, so I can't give you advice on dry foods.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    75

    Default

    That's ok!

    Thanks for the advice though..

    I'm taking her in for vaccinations next week so I might see what the vet has to say
    Meet Luna, a 13 month old Beagle pup in Melbourne with her sister Cynder a 13 week old Border Collie!
    Check out their blog at http://lunadogslife.blogspot.com

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Adelaide
    Posts
    12,583

    Default

    You may need to limit the opportunity for your dog to eat the bark chips ie only let her out on lead until she can ignore the bark successfully. Or remove the bark chips and replace with something else. Maybe pea straw? Don't replace with pebbles or rocks because some dogs will eat those too. At least pea straw is likely to go straight through without doing much damage.

    Sometimes feeding a small amount of cooked pumpkin can help a dog with whatever it is that makes them eat bad things (eg dog poo).

    Hills Science diet is about the same as Supercoat and Pedigree - if you read the ingredient list, you can see that. Mostly vets recommend it because they make a cut but if you ask them about the nutritional value of the ingredients, they may recommend something else.

    The best quality dry dog food available in Australia that I know about is Artemis, and maybe Eagle Pack Holistic. Innovo is good quality but exclusive to shops that support puppy mills - so that gets ruled out. There are some Australian made brands that would also be good but I'm not familiar with what they are or where you can get.

    I never bothered with "puppy milk". I do give my dog a couple of spoonfuls of plain yogurt in the mornings - which has the calcium benefit and less lactose which can cause tummy upsets.

    I make my own casserole or equivalent to tinned dog food. I can't bring myself to feed any tinned food available in the supermarkets - the ingredient lists freak me out.

    These are american websites with american ingredient lists but give you info you need to determine the quality of ingredients in your dog food.
    Dog Food Analysis - Reviews of kibble
    The Dog Food Project - How does your Dog Food Brand compare?
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 08-04-2011 at 11:53 AM.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •