Dog Blog: Rock Out!

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I have decided I want to try to give information about dogs to people who may be thinking about getting a dog, or people who have a dog. Kind of a doggy news feature. I plan on using my experience with Quimby as a base for these lessons/open discussions. I may be asking for help and advice in this column as well, and hopefully I can even get some guest writers on board! If you are interested in contributing in any way, or just want to submit an awesome dog story, let me know.

I have been living with Quimby for about a month, and what a month it’s been! He was house trained from the start, so that was fantastic. The only time he had an accident was my fault entirely. I had been upstairs and he was whining in the music room. I thought he just wanted out of the room, so when I let him out he left a steamer on the living room floor. When I came out of the music room he was sitting next to it, and he looked at me in the saddest puppy eyes ever, so i gave him a big hug and let him out. Since then it hasn’t happened again. He is truly a great dog. He loves people and will lick your face all day if you let him. He has never barked or growled in anger, and he would be a perfect hospital therapy dog.

He is attending a weekly class right now and he seems to be doing well. He does not listen or recognize his name as well as I would like, but considering we called him 3 names before settling on Quimby, I’m not surprised. Hopefully this class will help us learn how to be good doggy owners, and he will become the awesome dog that I know he is going to be.

There are two issues that are cause for concern right now. The most dire situation is the fact that he eats rocks. This is not good. He also eats basically anything on the ground. There a couple of ways to get him to not do this, and it’s important it happens for several reasons. Rock eating is not uncommon, but it can lead to intestinal blockage, which can cause all kinds of problems. He already got backed up which caused him to puke 4 times on Sunday. Once at home, twice in the car, and once in the doorway of the emergency clinic. The clinic told us what was up, and that we had to starve him a little to just let the blockage pass. They gave him a water shot (water injected under the skin), which made him look like a body builder.

Quimby After Water Shots
Quimby After Water Shots

Hopefully we will try some techniques and let you know what works in order to stop him from doing this. I wasn’t able to find any good ideas online other than muzzling, and covering lots of rocks with hot pepper, which seems like it would just attract more critters.

The other issue came up last night. His nose/lip has split down the middle. There was a seem there before, and I was unaware it could split like that. It doesn’t really seem unnatural, but it is a little freaky.

Quimby Last Night
Quimby Last Night

Again, I could find no information on this online what so ever, so I will ask the vet today and let everyone know next week! Have any ideas for dog stories? I’m always open to suggestions! Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this feature!

UPDATE:
Here is a closer look at the nose thing I was really describing:

How did I not notice this when I cropped this photo and posted it on Facebook?
How did I not notice this when I cropped this photo and posted it on Facebook?
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One thought on “Dog Blog: Rock Out!

  1. nah hot sauce will never work, that’s telling him ‘dont eat rocks’. gotta go with positive reinforcement. He’ll learn much better if you go with ‘if you don’t eat the rock I will show you some love/treats’

    put a juicy rock right in front of him just begging to be eaten…if he goes to eat it tell him no and if he listens go in with the treat. if he continues to sit and not eat the rock continue with the treats in intervals. Do it in sessions…once a day for two weeks or whatever.

    He likes eating rocks, removing that from his repertoire is probably impossible but he can learn that not eating rocks gets him love/treats.

    then teach him to high five. best dog trick ever.

    as for the nose…keep it lube’d

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