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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:57 PM

My dog whines when given chew snacks. Anyone know why?

I gave my dog a rawhide chew snack.
She took it very hesitantly in her mouth then lay down and chewed a little bit.
Since then she carries it around the house for days whining as if she's miserable.

Does anyone know what this means?
My wife guesses that she doesn't like the chew but since I gave it to her she thinks she's obligated to chew it.
Does this mean she sees it as some kind of punishment?

This has happened several times and I'm at a loss to explain.

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Reply My dog whines when given chew snacks. Anyone know why? (Original post)
Kablooie Jan 2013 OP
Lisa0825 Jan 2013 #1
Kablooie Jan 2013 #2
Lisa0825 Jan 2013 #4
Purveyor Jan 2013 #3
BainsBane Jan 2013 #5
jtuck004 Jan 2013 #6
Kablooie Jan 2013 #7
KC Jan 2013 #8
Kablooie Jan 2013 #9
KC Jan 2013 #14
TorchTheWitch Jan 2013 #16
TexasBushwhacker Jan 2013 #12
KC Jan 2013 #15
2theleft Jan 2013 #21
get the red out Jan 2013 #17
KC Jan 2013 #18
jtuck004 Jan 2013 #10
hollysmom Feb 2013 #26
liberalmuse Jan 2013 #11
glinda Jan 2013 #13
glinda Jan 2013 #19
Kablooie Jan 2013 #20
glinda Jan 2013 #22
Kablooie Feb 2013 #23
glinda Feb 2013 #24
KC Feb 2013 #25
Myrina Feb 2013 #27
Danielleob415 Jun 13 #28
Rhiannon12866 Jun 13 #29

Response to Kablooie (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:09 PM

1. Have her gums and teeth been checked recently?

Maybe she likes the taste, but it hurts her to chew?

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Response to Lisa0825 (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:16 PM

2. When I give her a different brand she's happy and chews till it's gone.

So I get that she doesn't like some of the chews but I still don't know why she doesn't just ignore it instead of carrying it around all day.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:24 PM

4. I don't know...

Maybe she likes the taste but has an inflammatory reaction or something. If she seems fine with other brands, then don't give her this one anymore, and go back to the ones that she does OK with.

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Response to Kablooie (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:19 PM

3. For the love of God don't be stupid and listen to your dog. Take the damn thing away from her

and throw it out...NOW!!!

Sorry if I'm crude here...but jeeze.

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Response to Purveyor (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:33 PM

5. if they don't like something

they generally just don't eat it. I've never heard of anything like that.

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Response to Kablooie (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:51 PM

6. I'm not sure we can know. Humans tend to project their view of the world onto everything


and everyone, which includes dogs. We have 7 million scent receptors in our nose, they have 100-200+ million. Much thinking seems to be going on that they have such a completely different world view that we can't possible see it. We can communicate with them, but not understand it.

That said, it sounds like something is bothering the dog about these, and we (as humans) may not be able to discern what it is.

If it were me the whole bag would be in the outside garbage, but I am not in your shoes. I simply don't use any treats I don't make anymore. It's a lot easier to freeze small carrots, or even bake liver treats (they stink, but the dogs love them). Lots of recipes out there. Real beef bones (uncooked, of course) are relatively cheap at the butcher, and great for their teeth.

But for time consumption there is nothing like tennis balls and the Nylabone Galileo dog bone (nylon, hard, takes a long time to wear down). Especially for the terriers. They're like Border Collies, but they tend to change direction by just running into things.

Somewhere I read here(?) that they dehydrate sweet potato and it takes a while to get through them. I am going to try that shortly. And the dog is too
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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:25 AM

7. She gets treats she likes.

She loves cabbage and carrots.
She also likes some dog biscuits and certain chews.

The ones she doesn't like are plain, without flavoring.
Obviously I'll stop giving them to her but I still wish I knew why she insists in carrying it around while whining. I even threw it in the trash and she pulled it out and continued carrying it.

She ignores nylabones and rubber or cloth dog toys. She has no interest in any artificial items.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:10 AM

8. Mine does

that sometimes too. I finally realized he was looking for a place to bury it! So,I got one of my small fleece throws and I put it down near a chair and I said Here you go here's some dirt and believe it or not he proceeded to bury it. Later he went and got it out and chewed on it. I have repeated this and he buries it each time I put the blanket down. lol

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Response to KC (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:27 AM

9. I think that's it!

I thought of that this morning and dug a small hole in the garden for her but she didn't understand.
I'll bet that's he problem though.
Your blanket idea sounds great. I'll try that next time.

Thanks.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:58 PM

14. Let me

know if it works. Maybe my dog is just strange lol ( not really, he's the smartest dog I have ever had in my life )

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Response to KC (Reply #14)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:52 AM

16. mine does the same thing

Anything he doesn't feel like chewing on or eating at the time he buries in his binky. I guess he figures it keeps a treat or a bone safe until he feels like going back to chew or it or eat it later. If the binky is in the wash he buries them in my bed. His outside chew bone he either buries in leaves, dirt or in the corner behind the planter when he's not chewing on it. Even his toys he likes to gather around him on the binky or next to it whether he's sleeping on his binky or not. I shudder to think what he'd do with stuff if he didn't have his binky... everything would likely end up in my bed.


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Response to KC (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:26 PM

12. I find buried chew toys in my bed all the time n/t

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:59 PM

15. I do

too. Another dog, well this one too, will bury Milk Bone treats ( on top of the carpet in plain site) if he's not ready to eat it. If he seems me look at it, he will pick it up and go bury it somewhere else..haha

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Response to KC (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:58 PM

21. My old dog used to do this, too!

It was the funniest thing. She would carry it around and around and around and FINALLY go put it in a corner. The rub her nose on the floor like she was covering it up. I would praise her for her excellent hiding skills, which made her happy, however, if I said, "Scout, I found your bone", she would run grab it and the process would start forever.

My ex-bf's lab would hide her bones under my pillow. Never under his, always under mine. They are such funny creatures.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:09 AM

17. Buried under our butts

I have given our dog high value chew treats when my husband and I have been watching basketball before only to see her proceed to try to "dig" under one of our bottoms and attempt to shove the treat underneath and rake the couch covers over it with her nose. I guess she figures if her lazy humans are going to sit their asses on the couch she might as well make use of them.

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Response to get the red out (Reply #17)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:03 PM

18. lol

aren't they silly ?

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:58 AM

10. All mine are quite different, one like the toys, another doesn't.


Is there a local college with a crime scene investigation or forensics program? Perhaps they could take it on as a project, tell you something? It might interest the right person.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:53 AM

26. If I go by my dog

But understand my dog was trained to have a soft mouth and chews kind of contradict this training so she hates all hard chews.

Anyway, when I give a treat to my dog that she she likes the smell of, but is too hard to chew, she carries it around and buries it in different places, I figure she is waiting for it to rot so she can eat it. but I have learned just not to give them to her. So I think it is not a complete rejection of the chew, she might like the smell but not the taste or whatever. There is obviously something that your dog does not like. Just learn from it and donate the left overs to a shelter.

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Response to Kablooie (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:06 AM

11. My Chow used to do that...

It drove me crazy! It's instinct. She was looking for a place to bury/hide it.

I should say she would do this with the particularly good (natural) chews and rawhides - the ones that had the stronger smell.

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Response to Kablooie (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:14 PM

13. I would NOT give ANY rawhide chews since they are currently being linked to deaths.

Your dog may be telling you they are making him sick. Please remove them asap! They are all made in China.http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-news/jerky-treats-death-toll/

Bake some organic yams or sweet potatoes sliced thin til they are hard and give them .

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Response to Kablooie (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:18 PM

19. Here is only one of two recall todays. Purina also has one for jerky treats.

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Response to glinda (Reply #19)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 09:52 PM

20. Well this certainly is a concern.

I've seen lists of companies that use Chinese products.
What would be more useful would be a list of companies that DON'T use Chinese products.

I'll try your yam suggestion and see how she likes it.
Thanks.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #20)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:58 PM

22. Slice 1/4" thin (toss in little olive oil) and put on parchment paper or just baking sheet and

set oven to 250. Bake slow. Do not burn. They will dry out some and some will get crispy and some not as crispy. My dogs love them. Almost all chews are made in China. I think the trachea ones are not. They seem to be made in the USA. At least ask. Fancier pet stores have them. They contain all the ingredients for helping arthritis also as well as are almost a full meal unto themselves so hold back part of their next meal.
Most pet foods that have added vitamins are also using fillers or vitamins sourced from China. Nature's Logic is a pretty safe food.
Yes... I wish there was a list of Companies easily accessible to the general public in what is NOT made in China.
I would not feed ANY rawhide or jerky treats until the toxins are addressed. Your dog was telling you something. Listen to them. I learned that lesson the hard way unfortunately.

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Response to glinda (Reply #22)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 02:16 PM

23. I tried making some of these sweet potato snacks.

She was unsure at first but after trying a couple she loves them.
I did find some pig skin snacks that say they were made in the USA but she prefers the sweet potatoes.

Thanks for the tip!

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #23)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:32 AM

24. Mine were the same way at first. They love them.

Good fiber for them also.

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Response to glinda (Reply #24)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:02 AM

25. I'm planning

to try the sweet potatoes too. I know mine will like them I just wish I could find something to cure that urge of his to chew. Thank goodness he doesn't ever chew on furniture lol

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Response to Kablooie (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 01:24 PM

27. She could be looking for a place to bury it ...

.... my old Beagle would carry pig ears & rawhide chews around with a very purposeful & anxious look on his face, and inevitably I'd find him trying to 'bury' it in between the sofa cushions or under a bed pillow if he couldn't get it outdoors to 'righfully bury' it in the dirt.

It was amazing to watch the instinct at work, actually. He had a routine of 'dig dig dig' with his front paws, then set it down gently, then would make the motions of 'sweeping' dirt over it with his snout & finally patting the 'dirt' down with his chin & if the 'dirt' wasn't enough, going back to more 'sweeping'. All with no ACTUAL dirt.

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Response to Kablooie (Original post)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 10:16 AM

28. It's not that they don't like it..

I feel like it's not that they don't like the treat.. If they didn't like it, they wouldn't eat it. Trust me, my dog is very picky and will not touch something if she doesn't like it. However, she whines with treats and toys (and the toys that both squeak and don't squeak) she even wines when she finds shoes or socks or anything around the house that she can carry and play with. I think what it is, is they are so excited they don't know what to do now that they have the things they love. Haha. Honestly, I'm starting to think that is what it is. Or that she is still teething. Cause my dog is 6 months and she whines and paces around the house when she has certain things in her mouth.

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Response to Danielleob415 (Reply #28)

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 11:53 AM

29. Good point! Dogs can be very expressive, at least mine is, too... :)

Welcome to DU, Danielleob415! It's great to have you with us!

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