Why Do Goldendoodles Eat Grass – Should I Worry?

Why Is My Goldendoodle Eating Grass?

Is your Goldendoodle eating grass? There are many reasons that your Goldendoodle may be eating grass.  Many times, they may be just fine, but there may be a medical condition causing them to eat grass

Why Is My Goldendoodle Eating Grass?

  1. It may help relieve an upset stomach
  2. It increases fiber in their diets
  3. Their ancestors at grass
  4. They like the taste of grass
  5. They are bored

If your Goldendoodle is eating grass, you should monitor them very closely for any underlying medical problems that may be causing them to eat grass. 

While many times there is nothing to worry about, there are many things that you can do to discourage this behavior in your Goldendoodle. 

5 Possible reasons why your Goldendoodle may be eating grass

Grass eating is very common with Goldendoodle and even other breeds of dogs. This is not as odd as some of the other things that dogs love to eat, such as their own feces. 

The reason behind your Goldendoodle eating grass may not be entirely clear, although many Goldendoodle just seems to like eating grass.

For other Goldendoodles, eating grass may be a way to fill a missing nutritional need or maybe causing them to vomit to settle an upset stomach, or your Goldendoodle may even be eating grass because they are bored.

Some dogs have a medical condition that is known as pica.  This means that your dog will eat things that are not food.  This can include anything like dirt, feces, toys, and even grass.

Most vets will agree that a dog eating grass may be a normal dog behavior and that this type of pica does not cause them too much harm if any. So, then why is your Goldendoodle eating grass, and What can you do to stop them from eating grass all the time?

The grass may help relieve an upset stomach

The most common reason that many people think that their Goldendoodle may be eating grass is to relieve their upset stomach.  Some Goldendoodles will go outside to eat grass very fast and then vomit. 

While most Goldendoodles who eat grass will not vomit right after eating the grass but eating grass is commonly seen in dogs who have an upset stomach right before they vomit.

Goldendoodles need Fiber in their Diet

All Goldendoodles will need fiber in their diet.  Your Goldendoodle may be filling this need by eating grass.  A lack of fiber in your Goldendoodle’s diet can prevent your dog from being able to digest food and pass stool.  By eating grass, they are helping their bodies function better.

If your Goldendoodle shows any signs of intestinal problems, they may have a medical problem such as gastroenteritis, inflammatory bowel disease, or pancreatitis.

If your Goldendoodle is vomiting or having diarrhea and eating grass, see your vet rule out any serious medical problem.

It is in Your Goldendoodle’s DNA to eat grass

Your Goldendoodle ancestors did not eat food packaged in neatly sealed bags. Dogs who live in the wild would balance their diet by eating what they hunted and the grass around them. 

They also would eat everything of what they caught, such as the meat, bones, internal organs, and stomach contents of their prey. When they eat an entire animal, it provided them with a balanced diet. 

This is especially true when their prey’s stomach contained grass and plants that fulfilled the dog’s need for fiber.

Your Goldendoodle May like How Grass Taste

This may be one of the simplest explanations of why your Goldendoodle is eating grass.  They may like the taste of grass. Many Goldendoodles may simply like the taste and texture of the grass in their mouths.

Most Goldendoodles will eat grass more in the spring when it is newly growing and full of moisture. Usually these dogs prefer to eat grasses that are sweet when you bite into them. 

Many plants that also have flowers will be sweet when your Goldendoodle bites into them causing them to really like the taste. 

Because they are Bored

Some Goldendoodles will eat grass because it will give them something to do. This will usually happen with Goldendoodle that does not get plenty of exercises.  Young dogs and puppies will have an abundance of pent-up energy to burn.

For a Goldendoodle that is bored, eating grass may be a behavior problem and may not really be a big of an issue at all. You do not need to worry if the grass eating does not make the dog sick.

Trying to correct this behavior may interfere with natural instincts and may do more harm than good.

Should I let my Goldendoodle eat grass?

Eating grass may be considered normal behavior, but your Goldendoodle does not really gain any nutritional value from the grass. These are some reasons that you may not want to let your Goldendoodle eat grass:

Some grasses may have poisons on them:  Make sure that the grass your Goldendoodle is eating does not have any poisonous pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides that have been applied to them.

When you are at home, this can be very easy to do but look out for public areas like the dog park or in other people’s yards.  Another great option is to grow your Goldendoodle, an herb garden specifically for them to snack on. 

Some common herb that your Goldendoodle may like are:

  • Basil
  • Chamomile
  • Fennel
  • Dandelion
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Parsley

The grass may have parasites: When your Goldendoodle is eating grass, they can also pick up an internal parasite such as hookworms or roundworms.  These parasites commonly live on the grass and in the soil in your back yard. 

Your Goldendoodle can easily get infected when they eat grass.  If your Goldendoodle is eating grass, it is best to give them a monthly deworming medication to keep them free of any parasites. 

Many heartworm preventions also contain a dewormer, so when you are giving your Goldendoodle their heartworm prevention each month, you are also deworming them.

Some grasses and plants are toxic: Goldendoodle may start off eating the grass, this may then progress to eating the whole plant. Some outdoor and indoor plants can be very toxic to dogs. 

If your Goldendoodle does like to munch on the grass or plants in your yard, make sure that none of the plants that you have are toxic to your dog.  You can even teach your Goldendoodle to know which plants are toxic and off-limits, or you can keep these plants in an area that your Goldendoodle cannot reach. 

How to stop my Goldendoodle from eating grass

Eating grass may be a very fun past time for your Goldendoodle.  If they are always eating grass when they are outside, you may want to find out why they are wanting to eat grass and try to get them to stop eating grass. 

These are just a few ways that you can make your Goldendoodle to stop eating grass.  

Give them a tasty treat instead:  If your Goldendoodle loves to eat treats, many times, you can convince them to eat a treat or some of their dog food rather than grass. 

When you take your Goldendoodle outside for a walk or for potty breaks, you will need to take treats with you.  Every time that your Goldendoodle starts to try to eat grass, tell them no. 

When they listen to you and do what they are told, give them a treat and tell them that they are a good boy or girl. Your Goldendoodle will quickly learn to not eat grass and wait for a taste treat. 

Give them attention: When your Goldendoodle is eating grass, pick up one of their favorite toys, and start to play with them with this toy.  Many times, they will stop eating grass and come and play with the toy

This helps decrease their boredom and allows them something else to do to keep them entertained while they are outside other than munching on the grass.

5 Possible reasons why your Goldendoodle may be eating grass

Give Your Goldendoodle Praises:  Many Goldendoodles will stop eating grass for praises and attention.  When your Goldendoodle starts to munch on the grass, tell them to come to you and give them praise. 

Goldendoodles who are eating grass because they are bored will quickly stop eating if you start to give them attention.  Treats are always a big hit when trying to get your Goldendoodle to stop eating grass. 

Make sure that these treats are not high in calories, or your Goldendoodle may gain weight when learning not to eat grass.

Take Your Goldendoodle out for a walk:  Make sure that your Goldendoodle is getting plenty of exercises. If they are continuously eating grass, a walk around the block to burn some extra energy and keep them from being bored is best.  

Goldendoodles are very active dogs and will need to be taken outside for playtime outside multiple times a day.  They will also need mental stimulation to keep them from becoming bored and destructive.

Using puzzle toys or dog training to help keep your dog from getting bored and eating the grass. 

Look for a medical reason: If your Goldendoodle is sick, they may eat grass because their stomach may be upset or that they are missing very important nutrients. 

If you notice that your Goldendoodle just does not seem right, discuss this with your vet.  Your vet may want to run bloodwork or other tests to make sure that your Goldendoodle is perfectly healthy. 

Look at Your Goldendoodle’s diet: Make sure that your Goldendoodle’s dog food does contain a balanced diet. 

By adding additional fiber into your Goldendoodle’s diet, you can easily help with their digestion and stop them from eating grass.  One good way that you can add fiber to your Goldendoodle’s diet is to give them a spoon full of canned pumpkin.  This is a tasty treat that is full of fiber. 

Just make sure that this is canned pumpkin and not the pumpkin pie filling as pile filling is loaded with sugar.

Give your Goldendoodle an appropriate grass to eat:  If your Goldendoodle is still eating grass, you can grow them an approved area of grasses that they can eat. 

You can even purchase grass and herb growing kits that are safe for your Goldendoodle to eat.  The Pet Greens Self Grow Grass Kit is perfect to use to grow grasses that your Goldendoodle can safely eat.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Many Goldendoodle will find a taste patch of grass in the backyard to eat and munch on it. 

This can be a perfectly normal thing for your Goldendoodle to do, but there are things that sometimes can cause them to get very sick.  If you have noticed that your Goldendoodle gets sick after eating grass, it would be best to take them to your vet.  

Your vet can examine your Goldendoodle and make sure that there is nothing wrong with your Goldendoodle.

 If your Goldendoodle continues to eat grass, there are many reasons that you may want them to stop. 

By following some of these tips and tricks found in this article, you can easily teach your Goldendoodle to stop eating grass or fix the problem the is causing them to eat grass in the first place. 

Dr. Sara Ochoa

I am a graduate of St. George's University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. I have been practicing Veterinary Medicine for the past 5 years treating small animal and exotic animals. I own a dog, cat, rabbit, and tortoise. I have extensive knowledge treating all species of animals with a passion for surgery.

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