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I've created a monster!

When Snickers was about 5 months old and teething. Everyday was a challenge. I'd give her frozen stuffed Kongs, rawhide chews, and flossies. Then, one day I was making and evening adult beverage and was using the 'crushed ice' feature of our Fridge. She came running in to see what all of the noise was about and I gave her a little handfull of crushed Ice to see what she'd do with it. She loved it! And now, every time the she hears the Ice Machine she's right there begging for some crushed ice.

I don't mind that so much because I'm sure it feels good on her teeth. The only real issue is that now Snoopy is there as well. And Snoopy really loves the crushed ice. I've watched him carefully over the last couple of days and have to admit that he's quite a glutton -- he'll pick up another piece of ice even when there are 2 or 3 pieces frozen to his muzzle. He's teething big time so I'm indulging him but also wonder if anyone else has "Ice Freaks"...


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Ohhh yeahhh. Ache loves ice but I don't give her from the ice machine. It is my husband's special moment with her because he loves ice too so they share. haha I am just always repeating: " small, small pieces". It scares me a little to damage her teeth. ")

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Kodi LOVES ice... it's probably his favorite "treat". When we go through the drive up at Dunkin Donuts he gets REALLY excited because he knows that when we get coffee, HE gets ice cubes!<g>

He also likes whole ice cubes. I only let him have them in the kitchen because it's a bit messy, but he plays hockey with them before he licks them down to nothing!

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Oh yes, here too!

I love when she plays with it and flings it around and chases it, lol...(the bigger ice cubes) always good for a laugh..

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Yep, Gandorf gets his ice cubes on a daily basis, after all we do live in Arizona

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Turn the ice giving into training sessions. Only give 1-3 very small pieces and the ice must be earned......Nothing is free!

I would go easy on the ice that is big and hard because ice will crack teeth.

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Eli loves ice! If a few pieces miss the cup he makes several runs and leaves them in different places. Unfortunately, by the time he finally eats one the others have started to melt leaving little cold puddles on the floor. Not fun to step in particularly when we're not sure if it's melted ice or something else!
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Rikky loves ice! It was his first favorite treat and has remained so. We always let a few crushed ice pieces fall to the floor when we're getting ice from the refrigerator. He comes running to grab up whatever is there. I have videos of him playing with pieces of ice. I don't worry about the ice breaking his teeth as much as I do the deer antlers he loves to chew on.


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OK, I can beat you all...

We have a staffordshire terrier mix, weighs about 45 lbs. Laila is deaf, so doesn't always pick up on "traditional" dog signals or communication. But she has picked up on the fact that Bandit loves ice.

So one of two things happens on a regular basis (pretty much daily).

1) Laila wants to play, but Bandit doesn't. So Laila will go to the ice maker, push the button with her nose (because she can reach easily), get an ice cube, carry it to Bandit, lay it down in front of him, and "bribe" him to play with her.

2) Bandit wants ice but Laila is ignoring him (can't hear him). So he will take a running leap, pounce on her, initiate a huge game of wrestle/chase/tug, then when they are done, go put his paws on the fridge. At which point Laila will nose the ice maker, get him an ice cube, and "thank" him for playing with her.

No joke.
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That is amazing about Laila and Bandit - animals deserve far more credit than they are given - it is just that they communicate differently and therefore people think they aren't smart!

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