As a dog lover and owner, you’ve probably seen those idyllic shots of someone else’s precious pooch, romping across the yard, beach or path with stick in mouth. Maybe you’ve even exchanged in a game of fetch with your own Fido. While playing with sticks is all fun and games, the problems begin when your dog decides to upgrade from retrieving into chowing down on these chunks of wood.
Many owners may find stick chewing harmless, but in reality, this habit could prove troublesome for the long-term health of your dog. Splinters of wood could break off in your dog’s mouth or become stuck in his teeth, causing cuts, abscesses, infections and more. Large portions of sticks can become stuck in your dog’s windpipe or esophagus, creating obstructions and sharp portions can cause similar issues in the stomach and intestinal tract.
Teaching your dog not to eat sticks is an important part of essential training for your pet. Depending on your individual dog and their love of chewing, you may need to keep vigilant until Fido is completely broken of the habit. It will be important to be patient through the process and avoid yelling or agitating your dog when you catch him chewing.