I'm know I'm somewhat of a nervous puppy mom, but I do have a couple questions. Jack, my 6 1/2 month chocolate lab eats sticks. Literally eats them and occasionally throws up a clump of toothpick-like stick splinters. Now, I've tried taking the sticks away and giving an appropriate chew, but out in the yard, in the garage (where we have a wood stove and he'll chew on a piece of fire wood) there's too much wood to be able to remove it all! Also, we have a pond in our yard, and although he'll play around the edge, Jack won't swim. My neighbor brought his 14 month old yellow lab over and she loves to swim, but Jack wouldn't go in with her. Will he when he gets older? Or maybe some labs don't like to swim? He knows how because my husband carried him out a little way one day and Jack swam back to shore with no problem. Sorry if these things seem sort of stupid, I said I'm a nervous puppy mom
I don't think it's silly at all. My Chocolate lab chewed stick and logs like they were candy......BUT she never swallowed. She made the best kindling ever and lots of it! But your is actually eating it. I would be working really hard on "leave it".
Swimming....Mya showed NO interest in swimming at all. As she grew up she really admired my daughters dog (Dixie) who loved to swim. Somewhere between Mya's love for Dixie and me........we got her into the water slowly and she now loves swimming (it took a couple of years though) - BUT she won't go in unless I do.
Mo loves sticks, leaves, and mulch. I can't grab them out of his mouth fast enough so he swallows some of them but not enough to cause any serious problems. My vet said it's a puppy thing and as long as he is having normal bowel movements, it's all good. As far as swimming goes, both Abbey and Cinder hated the water. Abbey wouldn't even go out when it rained or the ground was wet. Mo already has a magnetic attraction to any standing water. Looks like I will have to get him a kiddy pool and take him over to my day's to swim this summer. Good luck with your pup
Sophie loves sticks and firewood and tree branches, you name it! We are lucky though, since she usually just mulches them and leaves the mess! I am sure she manages to swallow some though. She loves to swim. We bought her a kiddie pool and she got used to water playing in it.
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
Questions are never stupid. You will be surprised many have at one time had the same thoughts.
All of mine chew sticks. Winter with the wood basket I constantly have mulch all over the carpet.
Some Labs swim some don't. Kassa went to her knees. At the beach Tess will follow Erns out only to get the ball.In the pool she wants to get in because he is, but once in she walks around the sides.
Ernies family threw him in. I thought this was terrible, but he is an amazing swimmer thank goodness. Swimming has been one ofo the best things for his joints. He is a fish in a Labs coat.
Yoou could encourage him with balls and fetch. Mine will not fetch on land. The beach, water and a ball they are in heaven.
It took Abbey three summers for the swimming thing to "click." What helped was having another dog swimming out to ger a toy she wanted - she finally decided to swim out past where she could touch and she hasn't stopped! She is a fish and I can't keep her out of the water. Just keep providing opportunities and eventually it might click.
With the sticks - it sounds like the only way you'd be able to stop it 100% would be to have the dog tethered to you and each time it grabs a stick, take it away and tell him "No." and give him something appropriate to chew on. Every single time.
Fallon is a stick eater. This is why she's now wearing an e-collar and gets nicked every time she picks one up. Raven carries sticks around but never eats them.
I would never force a dog into the water. They'll go in on their own with a buddy eventually.
♣ Laura ♣
Maxx loves to carry sticks and sometimes chew on them but he does not eat them, just makes a yucky, gross pile. I would worry about an obstruction or injury if the puppy is constantly eating the sticks. As Laura stated above, you may need to get an e-collar, learn how to use it properly, and train your puppy to not eat the sticks and wood this way if nothing else is working.
Some Labs do not like to swim, forcing it is the worst thing you can do, (like your hubby did although I am sure he meant well ). Give him plenty of opportunities to play/watch a Lab who does like the water and if he is going to be a swimmer it will probably not be very long before he is swimming also. Make it fun with favorite balls, etc. Baby pools can also be very helpfuul in getting him used to the,water. If he ends up being a Lab that does not like to swim it is not the end of the world! Good luck!
Maxx & Emma Jean
Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.
Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
Thank you everyone for the advise. I pretty much thought what you all are telling me about the water, that when and if he gets ready, he'll swim. We're trying to monitor the wood eating closer. He knows what "leave it" means, he's actually very smart and has a pretty good vocabulary of words that he knows the meaning of. Right now I can't keep him tethered to me because of my broken hip. Soon as that heals, we'll get back on track on our training. I love this web site, I've spent many hours (already) reading posts and looking at pictures. I'm so glad I found this page. Thanks to all for making me feel so comfortable here