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3.5 months old lab started to eat sand,dust and stones, help?

Hi everybody, I have a 3.5 months old lab and he has completed his vaccination and deworming schedule time to time but from last few days he started to eat sand,dust and stones if he gets on his way so kindly suggest me how to get from this as he is doing fine,having his food on time,playing, jumping everything is normal but he is eating all this things so kindly suggest me what i will do to get rid from this as soon as possible...' Looking forward for you help.. Regards, Vijay
By Vijay Kumar Singh · 15 Oct 2011 12:25 pm

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By nikhil · 16 Oct 2011 12:29 am
puppy's at this age are exploring everything they come across , so its normal , in order to get rid of the habit try distracting the pup as soon as u think he's gonna eat stuff by either the toys or treats , or spray the area where he eats stones and mud either with salt or vinegar , dogs hate vinegar or Also, like any other behavior you want to change it takes absolute consistancy and patience. Supervise him everytime he is outside and when you see him eating stones, shout "NO" in a stern voice and remove him from the area. Like stated consistancy is the absolute key, if you don't correct his behavior EVERY time he does it, he will learn that sometimes its ok to disobey you when he wants to. Good luck !
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By Vijay Kumar Singh · 16 Oct 2011 7:35 am
thanks a lot nikhil. .
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By Vijay Kumar Singh · 16 Oct 2011 11:45 am
Hi Mr. Nikhil and All Pet Lovers,

Looking forward for one more help as my puppy use to scratch his face ( Near the area of his mouth and nose) very frequently I am not sure whether he is infected by tick or fleas or not and when i have visited to my vet on 2nd Oct he also confirm the same that there is no sign of Tick and flea so kindly help me out why he is scratching. Is he infected by worms or its due to his teething as i have seen two teeth are missing from his upper jaw..

Pls help..

Thanks,

Vijay...
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By nikhil · 16 Oct 2011 12:24 pm
There are 2 causes for scratching one is the ticks and fleas which u got checked and can be ruled out the second one is allergy due to food or environment ,any change in surrounding might be allergic to the pup like detergent but mainly it's the food allergy ,try altering the diet it will help him get rid of the scratching .
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By Vijay Kumar Singh · 16 Oct 2011 12:29 pm
Hi Mr. Nikhil and All Pet Lovers,

Looking forward for one more help as my puppy use to scratch his face ( Near the area of his mouth and nose) very frequently I am not sure whether he is infected by tick or fleas or not and when i have visited to my vet on 2nd Oct he also confirm the same that there is no sign of Tick and flea so kindly help me out why he is scratching. Is he infected by worms or its due to his teething as i have seen two teeth are missing from his upper jaw..

Pls help..

Thanks,

Vijay...
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By Vijay Kumar Singh · 16 Oct 2011 12:38 pm
Thanks Nikhil,
Pls suggest any Tick and Flea control medicine for me as i dont know much about it pls. suggest. And for your info recently i have shifted from one place to my home with my pup and regarding food i am giving him home made food from last more than one month and he is adopted the food quite nicely b'cos the scratching problem started recently...

Regards,

Vijay..
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