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OK, not sure where to post this question, so I'll try here...

I spend a lot of time in my shop, and I've always been happy that my two dogs seem to love to stay in there with me. HOWEVER, they have recently started some actions that kinda worry me: they eat wood! I don't mean they chew on scraps, I mean they actually consume it. One of them (pit bull rescue) is worse -- he will not only grab scrap pieces, he will sit down and make a meal out of plane shavings. They started this behavior a few months ago. At first I thought is was just amusing, then I realized it could be harmful; they are now banned from the shop, much to their puzzlement. Has anyone else had this problem? I rather liked their company, but not at the expense of their health.
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I have seen dogs chew on wood, but never ear. You were smart to ban them from the shop.

You might try a product like Graniks Bitter Apple. Spray on some wood they used to like to chew on and it will taste bad to the dogs. Maybe some training with this and they will stop eating and they can return to the shop with you. I used to have customers tell me it worked to stop dogs from mouthing objects.

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I think I would be more worried about them getting into the machinery and getting hurt. I don't think the wood would hurt them but if they are chewing on wood sooner or later they will chew on a project. Better to band them now.
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Splinters in your doggie’s guts can’t be good. It would be interesting to see what your Veterinarian says.
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