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Question about apples ...

Specifically the unripe "baby" apples that are taking over.
This is our first spring in this house and the giant tree in the back yard is a green apple tree. It's huge. It's also dropping so many apples that it has become an impossibility to keep them picked up all the time.
Indy (6 months) has decided that these are his favorite toy ever.

I know apples themselves aren't bad for dogs but those are ripe and cored.
Does anyone know about the unripe small ones?

We've been pretty good about not letting him actually eat them. He'll bring them inside and throws them around to chase them until they end up under the couch (I'm kind of afraid to find out how many are actually under there). But even though everyone in the house is keeping an eye on him I don't expect we're catching 100% of them.

Does anyone have any advice on either how to keep Indy out of the apples OR knowledge on if the small ones are safe?
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I'm not sure but I think its the seeds? If you are taking them away before Indy actually eats them I bet its okay.

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I'm not sure but I think its the seeds? If you are taking them away before Indy actually eats them I bet its okay.
Any of them that we ~see~ are being taken away and I don't leave them laying around the house because it makes me a little crazy to have them inside but there are just so many that I can't be 100% sure he hasn't gotten a few. I guess I'm just looking to find out if we have to keep the back yard off limits while the apples are out. It would be a pain as it's the only fenced in area we have and Indy has gotten very spoiled about having doors open so he can just wander in and out but obviously if it's a safety issue ... then it isn't an option.
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I just looked it up and large amounts of the seeds are bad. The rest of the apple is good for them.

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I just looked it up and large amounts of the seeds are bad. The rest of the apple is good for them.
But then the question is: How much of the seed is developed if they aren't ripe? These are barely golf ball sized.

These fluffy faced fur balls are just as bad as having human babies!
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I know I think you gut feeling is better safe than sorry. It would take awhile for him to eat it. I would just stay out with him while he's in the yard. I have to now because mine are escaping. I've been worries about some vines they seem interested in. I think its morning glory. I wonder if you could call an agriculture department and find out?

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Are these baby unripe apples the kind that develop into apples that humans can eat? If so, I think they are safe but most likely will be bitter and probably not very desirable to your pup (other than for playing).

I have given my pup thin wedges of apple--she actually likes to carry it like a bone before eating it. She will not eat the granny smith or other more tart apple. In fact, there is a spray that is 'bitter apple' that is used as a deterrent to chewing etc. so I am assuming an unripe baby apple would count as bitter.

Maybe begin to teach "drop it" and if you see your pup going beyond playing where he is starting to eat the apple, that would be when to intervene.
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Are these baby unripe apples the kind that develop into apples that humans can eat? If so, I think they are safe but most likely will be bitter and probably not very desirable to your pup (other than for playing).

I have given my pup thin wedges of apple--she actually likes to carry it like a bone before eating it. She will not eat the granny smith or other more tart apple. In fact, there is a spray that is 'bitter apple' that is used as a deterrent to chewing etc. so I am assuming an unripe baby apple would count as bitter.

Maybe begin to teach "drop it" and if you see your pup going beyond playing where he is starting to eat the apple, that would be when to intervene.
These are human eating apples and they are VERY tart. I wouldn't enjoy eating them but Indy seems to love chewing on them. He loves apples in general (we use wedges of ripe apples in his kong) but hates the apple bitter spray so they fact that he's chewing on these is surprising. Maybe it's similar to little kids chewing on lemon slices? It's a new flavor so it's fun.

I spent thirty minutes outside this evening picking up the apples closest to the door and will just continue going outside with him whenever he's out there (I'm always in the living room when he's outside so I can keep an eye on him but I'll be outside from now on). It's summer so I think I might recruit the 11 year old for some slave labor and have her help clean up the rest of the yard. Hopefully staying on top of it won't be horrible. I've also now put "fruit trees" on my list of things I do not want whenever we move again!
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Could you rake them up instead of picking them up by hand?
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Could you rake them up instead of picking them up by hand?
That's what we've been doing but there are just so many!
Every morning we end up with another bucket full.
I'm kind of terrified of what it will be like when they're actually ripe.
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