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10/29/12 2:22 P

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My dogs love to tear up any thing that is made of paper. Only paper that I catch them actually trying to eat is a napkin with food smell on it. Lorraine PS the also chew up sandals and flip flops if they get a chance. I am sure that it is the smelly feet smell that attracts them. I only worry about one of my dogs because he gets pebbles in the yard and chews on them. Lorraine

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10/28/12 10:04 P

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The way these behaviors often develop is from the natural chewing and mouthing instinct. Keep in mind that dogs don't use their mouths only to eat but also to pick things up, carry them around and generally all things that we do with our hands. They can't pick up a pair of knittting needles or a computer game when they get bored. So if they can't find edible toys to play with they will use whatever they can find. Many people think (rightly so) that cardboard rolls from toilet paper or paper towels make great toys for dogs since they are so easy to replace. From mouthing to eating is not a long way.
I would start by using a crate or exercise pen for confinement (if your dog is confinement trained, otherwise that will have to be done first) and then offer an edible chew treat that takes a while to process. After a while the dog will develop new habits of eating chew treats.
Sometimes a mineral imbalance can cause pica and giving a mineral supplement will help. The best is to get mineral levels checked through a blood test but some vets might recommend an all-purpose mineral supplement for dogs.
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my pup loves his bones. he carries them around like his pride and joy in life.

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Hi, I don't know why but my collie Radar loves paper. He won't bother anything else, but when he finds a piece of paper he's in 7th heaven. He will only get it if it's at nose level or below. I usually just try to keep it above that level. When he does find a piece I just take it from him.
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That could be the stressor. Losing a mate, no matter if it's human or animal, can be very traumatic.

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10/26/12 11:44 P

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Thank you. I have known dogs that did the paper eating before, but they had done it all their lives. Venture hadn't. Reading that article I wonder if he started doing it later than I was thinking, like after his brother was sent to the bridge last December. They used to fight all the time, but Venture got pretty depressed when his brother was gone.

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My dog Bruno is a devil with Kleenex and he searches under the pillows etc for them.

He'll never pass up food for one though. I think you will find that this is a problem called pica. It can be a problem with people as well as animals.

Here's a link to help explain it further, but I'd say you'd probably have to go to your vet and ask them what can be done.

www.arcamax.com/pets/catsanddogs/s-1
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Can anyone tell me why a dog would want to eat paper more than his food? Venture has started totally searching for Kleenex all the time. I got the Kleenex where therre isn't any he can get to, so he started tearing up some paper towel and eating it. He started doing that about 2 or 3 years ago, but only if there happened to be a Kleenex close where he just picked it up. Now he is searching for them.

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