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Can I let my hav puppy chew on sticks?

We have several trees in our yard and there's almost always small branches/sticks that fall off in the grass - always "dead" wood. Is it OK to let him chew on them? He LOVES them!!!
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I too have LOTS of leaves and sticks in my yard all the time. My guys love them!!! I normally let them have them, and it has never caused any problems. If your pup is a puppy and has not had its full set of shots, I would take them away - just to be safe.

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Well... I'm just overly cautious I think..but I never let Whimsy chew on sticks, even as an adult dog. It makes me nervous! LOL

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My dog loves sticks, too, and I have mixed feelings about it. When he was a little puppy I never let him chew on them, since I was too afraid he would swallow the little pieces. Now that he is a little older, though, if any pieces break off he spits them right out. It's really funny, actually, he looks like a little cartoon beaver, chewing then pfft spitting. The thing is, mostly he loves to just pick them up and carry them, running along quite proudly, and that's fine. If he decides to sit down and chew on it for a while, I watch carefully, and if it's too dry I'll find a softer one so it doesn't break so easily. I guess how I do it is try to find a balance between being cautious and being overly hovering and spoiling all his fun. Unfortunately, in spite of all of the myriad kinds of chewys I have bought for him, he seems to love plain old natural sticks the best!


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That is just SO true- I could offer a ton of bones, chewies, pigs ears, antlers toys etc etc etc - and all they want are the sticks outside!!

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I tried stopping the stick chewing at first. It was futile. During her fist month of walks, Zelda would choose a new stick when we were about a block from home to add to her pile by the door. She got over the novelty and now just carries them around for awhile or chews them if we're sitting around outside. I take any away that look especially gross.


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I've heard people caution about sticks, but, honestly, Kodi could never go outside at all if we worried about every stick he picked up. Our property is pretty heavily wooded, and there are small branches and twigs around everywhere. He has always enjoyed playing with these, chewing on them and carrying them around. As others have said, he mostly just bites them then spits out the pieces. I don't think I'd let him sit and use a piece of wood as a serious "chew toy", but this sort of incidental chewing during stick play seems pretty harmless to me/ Is there a POSSIBILITY that something will go wrong? Of course. But that is true with just about everything a dog puts in their mouth.

I also wouldn't worry about shots when it comes to stick chewing. The likelihood that a puppy is going to pick up parvo or distemper (the diseases puppy shots protect against) from a stick in their own back yard has to be bordering on zero. These are diseases caught from other dogs.


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What about mulch, you guys? Smaller than sticks and probably softer. Griffin gravitates to it relentlessly and I'm always making him spit it out. Not very relaxing when we are in the back yard, because several places are piled with it (landscaping done before we got dogs). Do you think mulch is dangerous from a choking perspective?
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Charlie has chewed sticks and mulch from a very young age. Whatever I gave him to help with teething, he would usually ignore and instead head down the garden for some mulched up old wood. He regularly looked as if he was smoking a cigar when in fact it would be a piece of mulch hanging onto his beard.

I'm even sure at one stage he was eating some of it but after a couple of "catch me if you can" games I gave up and it doesn't seem to have done him any harm. He does it less now but still some days I find bits of chewed up wood on the patio.
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I think it is harmless, but some sticks, like sharp or small ones, I take away. Sometimes we'll let him bring the stick into the house, but he shreds them and makes a mess. So, yeah, I don't think they're that harmless, unless, of course, they're sticks that aren't appropriate for chewing on.


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