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Hi, its me, Teo again. My somewhat neurotic owners are now upset that despite the snow cover I have managed to find some part of the yard where I get into and find sticks and dirt and leaves. So much fun! I can hardly wait until the spring! They seem to think its not good for me, maybe Iím missing something from my diet or I could hurt myself. Are they right? I sure hope not as that would make life really boring. For some reason when I come in to the house they donít like my dirty whiskers. Geez!
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Hi Teo. I've been bringing sticks, leaves, and dirt into the house for 6 years. Your people will eventually understand that we havanese do that. House floors are so much more interesting with assorted sticks and leaves plus a little dirt.
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Dogs will be dogs, even if they are short, fluffy ones! We do clean up really nice!
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I usually just time grooming so itís right when we come in from outside play time, and that way all of the nature he brings in with him is brushed out all at once.

I donít really let my Hav ďoff trailĒ unless I know I can groom afterwards because he once ended up with paws full of tiny burrs that were a huge mess. But I do try to make sure he can run around and get into stuff when I know I can just groom him or give him a bath afterwards.

My kids pretty much cured my neuroses about my house staying clean. Before we decided to get a puppy I once found a roly-poly habitat DS created in my living room. Another time, DS came home from school muddy from a rainy recess. I told him to put his clothes in the laundry room, and when I went to check his pockets before starting a load, I pulled out a handful of worms. That was around the time we started looking seriously into puppies, actually!
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Perry will occasionally carry stick and dig in the dirt but the big thing was his rock phase. We went through months of him finding rocks and bringing them into the house to chew on/ play with . After a while he moved on to something else, and I finally got rid (I think - they might still be in his grooming/ treat box) of Perry's rock collection.
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Hi Teo. I've been bringing sticks, leaves, and dirt into the house for 6 years. Your people will eventually understand that we havanese do that. House floors are so much more interesting with assorted sticks and leaves plus a little dirt.
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But is it OK to eat the dirt and twigs and leaves
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I think they are more concerned about eating all that stuff.

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I think they are more concerned about eating all that stuff.
Are you sure how much he is actually INGESTING (sorry, I can't keep pretending to "talk dog" ) Dogs are like babies, and explore the world with their mouths. Putting things in their mouths doesn't necessarily mean they are swallowing them. Small amounts of dirt and twigs would not be harmful.

If he is actually SWALLOWING larger amounts, it could be a sign that he has an underlying upset stomach. That often makes dogs want to eat strange things. If he is actually SWALLOWING them, I would video the behavior and show the video to the vet and ask his opinion on what's going on and what you should do about it.
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I think they are more concerned about eating all that stuff.
Well, this might not be the best advice for the cleanliness of any nice jeans you might have, but I have found that when I’m down there with my Hav while he’s exploring, I have a lot more control over what he’s into without “stifling his curiosity.” While he’s sniffing in leaves, I look for other interesting leaves and if it looks like he putting it in his mouth, I’m ready to distract him with the next interesting leaf. It has lessened a TON, like night and day since he was a little puppy. He picks things up, and he does chew on sticks sometimes, but I just distract him as soon as I can. When he does try to chew on a stick, since he’s past the chewing phase, it’s usually because he wants me to play with him and the stick. Unfortunately, it’s almost always too short, but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t get that He really likes small sticks! He’ll shake the stick into submission, show it to me proudly. Then finally he’ll chew on it for a second, and give me his sweetest “lay” so that I’ll play with him instead.

Someone on the forum a long time ago mentioned using a command like “sit” as an interrupt. It works very well for our dog - even when he’s super excited, he’ll always sit, especially for a treat.
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Scarlett and Willow will eat sticks and acorns etc. I had Scarlett at the vet just 2 weeks ago after she began vomiting and had liquid diarrhea with little one inch sticks in it! I have to keep a close eye on them outside. Vet suggested we get pet insurance as it could be very expensive if surgery is required to get anything out so i did.
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