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How To Stop Puppy From Eating Everything

Do Tell: Did Your Young Pets Eat Everything in Sight?

Thankfully, Samson's last round of shots are complete, and he can now get outside and walk off all that energy that kept him up at night! But dog mom LilPeaPod has a new worry on her mind other than his sleep habits: he puts everything in his mouth! Samson is a curious creature that seems to love to taste and smell everything, even (gross) his own poop!

There are plenty of dangers out there in the city and LilPeaPod's worried the next thing he puts in his mouth may be harmful, and he won't be as lucky as the Australian pup that ate the poisonous frog and lived to tell about it! So help a girl out and share your stories and secrets about how you got your young pets to stop eating everything in sight!

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jw2 jw2 7 years
Leave it is a great command and probably the best thing we have taught our dogs. It works for everything! The other trick is to offer them an alternative. If my dogs want to eat something gross or put something in their mouths, we tell them leave it, then offer them a toy or treat or something to distract them so they have something they can eat or chew on or play with. This seems to have worked really well with our 1 year old puppy, he now knows what he can and cannot put in his mouth.
ElleJay ElleJay 7 years
yes, Raja eats EVERYTHING... wood, insects, platic, socks, even drywall. She ate her way out of her room last night by chewing a hole through the drywall >:-|
crystal-tomlin26 crystal-tomlin26 7 years
I know how you feel, Moose, my frenchie is 2 now and if I am not quick enough he is always tempted to eat his poo. Yes my puppies would eat everything and anything including a toothpick and christmas lights, this has definitely been good baby preparation.
runnergeek runnergeek 7 years
max still does! labs are notorious for that tho. everytime we go for a walk, he has to search for road appetizers..
wakeupandora wakeupandora 7 years
*upgraded our FOOD, not good.
wakeupandora wakeupandora 7 years
Agreed, Renee - "leave it" was the next command after 'sit' - SO HELPFUL!! My Tsuki would eat her own poop, we were feeding her Purina at the time, and found out she was lacking in protein for her growth rates - we upgraded our good to a five-star protein rich puppy formula (see dogfoodanalysis.com) and she stopped eating her poop!! We also started to give her frozen raw soup bones (beef shank from grocery store) and they helped boost the nutrients she was trying to extract from her poop - and helped cleaned her teeth AND kept her busy for a good hour!! Just be careful with those bones and puppy teeth!! But try to reinforce "leave it" - it has saved us from the dogs devouring dead baby birds and garbage and mulch - all that stuff is major harmful if you aren't careful - and its impossible to keep your eyes on everything they do!! Good luck! Thats a puppy for ya!
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
Honestly, "leave it" was the best thing we taught B-Bop. THe way we did it was to have 2 treats, one in each hand. We would put one on the ground, covered with our hand. he would be trying to get it and we would say Leave It! and as soon as he stopped trying to get it, even for a Second, we gave him the other treat. This progressed until we could leave the treat uncovered or we could drop something and say Leave It! And he won't eat it! But always reward him with something Other than the thing he's Leaving, otherwise he'll think that he'll get to eat that thing eventually and it's confusing. Very helpful trick!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 7 years
We still tease my doggie about her puppy poop-eating days. So gross.... thankfully they grow out of that! My dog's eaten cigarettes, a whole box of teabags, a whole stocking full of chocolate and still lives to tell about it. She learned her lesson though and avoids those things at all cost now! I never did find a way to stop her from eating everything. The only thing you can really do is just keep an eye on them when outside and make sure you don't leave out anything that they can get into.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 7 years
typo in the above -- i meant to say "if they say your pup is healthy" ....
Rally-RE Rally-RE 7 years
one of my pups loved to chew on the furniture. i bought bitter apple (available at the pet food store) and sprayed everything in site with it. luckily, she didn't like the taste and my furniture managed to survive her puppyhood. i've heard if your dog eats its own poop it could be a sign that something is wrong - you should ask your vet. if they rule out your pup is healthy, there are certain foods you can feed your dogs so that the poop smells aversive to them. one other suggestion is to crate your pup or put him in an area where there aren't things to ingest when you can't lay eyes on him. this should lessen your worries and keep your vet bills down.
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