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Old 04-21-2012, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati near
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Does anyone else have a dog that likes to eat bugs? My dog Ninja seems to be obsessed with chasing, catching, and eating flies, moths, bees, crickets, and even stinkbugs.

She used to just eat them, but since being stung she tortures them by licking them and keeping them from flying away while crushing them with her paws. When they die, she licks them a few times to make sure that she will not get stung before scarfing them up.

My wife and I don't try to suppress this behavior because it really keeps her busy and she seems to love it. She will chase bees around the backyard for hours, and if a fly gets into the house she will wear herself out trying to get it. At night she is fascinated by the moths that are attracted to our porch light, and she howls because they stay out of her reach.

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Old 04-21-2012, 10:34 AM
 
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
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I've had a few casualties from my girl. They are usually lizards, beetles, crickets, and a couple other bugs that I don't know what they are. I've had a few frogs in the yard, but she doesn't eat them, she just tends to roll on their dead carcasses, same with the lizards. The crickets she just mutilates. She always chases the squirrels, and so far hasn't caught any. And just recently started chasing birds in the yard. I think she mostly eats the beetles and other insects like that. It's gross. I'm constantly following her in the yard just to make sure she doesn't eat anything, but I'm never quick enough. Just this morning she was rolling on a dead frog.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I have six dogs and yes, it is one of the things most of them do. The two elderly dogs don't do it anymore (one is blind in one eye and can't see well out of the other and the other dog is too lazy to try)

I have a LOT of carpenter bees (aka bumble bees) in the area and they just ASK to be eaten- they will hover around the dogs.

I think most dogs still have that "hunter instinct" in them and will try to kill anything they can. One exception (for my guys) is toads- for some reason they leave toads alone....
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:55 AM
 
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
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Don't forget to be careful of the toads. I know the ones I get in my yard (the bufo toads) are poisonous and can harm/kill a dog if the dog gets the venom. They're just starting to come around again. Last year my girl just barked and chased them, but who knows this year. I don't want an emergency visit.

Someone on a fb group page just had their dog in an emergency visit as it had an allergic reaction to something in the yard. She had puncture wounds at the back of her throat, which they believe were from a scorpion.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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We had a king Charles caviler that would catch fly's and hold them in his mouth.
You could hear them buzzing around in there.
Now and then one would crawl out and fly away.
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:28 AM
 
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Does anyone else have a dog that likes to eat bugs?
Bugs. Poop. Pencils.

Dogs live to smell things, eat things, and chase things -- not necessarily in any particular order.
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Old 04-21-2012, 12:01 PM
 
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It's the prey drive. Perfectly normal.

My rescue Springer used to love to catch cicadas, hold their wings down on the deck, and eat the crunch center. In the summers when the cicadas were particularly active I would have to check his mouth at the door to make certain he didn't sneak one inside.
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:52 PM
 
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My little Cricket (mini dachshund) loves to chase and eat bugs also. It is her favorite pastime when I take her out before bed. My Lady Bug could care less about bugs...but she loves dead things. Last week Bug found a dead rabbit carcass and rolled all over it then was carrying it around. When I tried to take it from her she became viscious. LOL!! I took it anyway and then gave her a bath.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Durm
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Oh the cicadas are so gross - my dog also will lose her mind to chase a fly in the house, it's hysterical. She is also able to dig up grubs - I need to get her involved in a canine nosework class.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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When my late Dash was young he was obsessed with bugs too. He was a border collieX springer spaniel so you can imagine how obsessed he was. The first time I boarded he and Jazz at this very nice family run kennel when I picked them up the owner said, That Jazz was a blast as she wanted to play all day but Dash well his name should be BUG BOY as all he wanted to do was watch and catch bugs! As he aged the obesssion did lessen some but due to it he got several bee stings that cost him a trip to the vets with his face swollen to 2X its normal size. Hope there are lots of bugs up there in heaven for ya Bug Boy!
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