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Old 01-15-2007, 06:13 PM   #1
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Hi all, my 18 week old pup keeps eating everything, he's already had major bowel surgery after eating one of my sons socks. anything that touches the floor in our house is hoovered up by Ole, I should have called him Dyson. When out for a walk he also eats everything I am forever taking things out of his mouth, because of this I can't let him off the lead, he is on a retractable lead but he is itching to run free and I feel really mean for not letting him but I can't risk him eating anything else.
We have started training classes but I was hoping someone has some advise on this.
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Old 01-15-2007, 06:42 PM   #2
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Hi Shazza

I do not belive I have said hello yet.... Hello :-)

boy do I remember that, My 2 dogs will still get any sock they can get their teath into. I forgot one day that I left a basket of socks in the living room my male and female tag teamed to bring the entire basket of socks (one by one) into their kennels. I watched in amazement from the office as I would see them both running past 1 sock each, drop it off and run back for another, and another, and another. The funniest thing you ever saw untill they noticed me watching them. Then of course they both sat down and looked at me like "don;t worry daddy, we are helping with the laundry" BAHHHH, sometimes they make me want to scream. then there are the good days...

Best suggestion I can give is what I did with mine, It worked awsome for me.I always kept a pocket full of treats in my pocket. if they got something they were not supposed to have I would teach them the drop command. trick to it is whenever they do drop it. ALWAYS replace it with something they are allowed to have. THIS IS CRITICAL. I have so many toys around my house you would swear I run a kidergarten class. but on the upside I always have a toy close to trade. Sasha has figured it out, Sprockett is still working on it.
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I agree with the above, teaching them to 'drop' in favour of a legal toy or yummy treat is a very good plan. I guess you will have to try to puppy proof your house as far as possible, and keep your pup restricted to the room you are in so you can watch him for the time being. Use a crate or safe pen area when you aren't able to watch him.

As a preventative I would try to keep him as busy as possible with activities. He obviously likes to have things in his mouth so feeding him at least one of his meals a day from a frozen stuffed kong will encourage him to chew and keep him busy for a while. A treat ball can also be useful entertainment. Obviously walks and play with other dogs are essential, and training will help keep him mentally stimulated (if you haven't already sign up for an obedience class).

As far as letting him off the lead, if you really can't trust him not to eat unsuitable objects at this stage you could try muzzling him. If you condition him to accept wearing a muzzle by pairing it's presence with food he won't mind too much, and allowing him to run free will help to wear him out. Alternatively you could allow him to trail a long line so that if necessary you can grab the line and quickly reel before he has a chance to eat something dangerous.

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My two year old pony does this although he doesn't live in the house so its slightly easier to control. He started doing it when he first started teething (bless him! I kept his teeth (OMG I'm sad!)) With him I tell him 'tah' and glare at him- usually works, sort of. I am too soft. Not sure that will work with your pup though. Horses are strange things.

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I'd do the replace trick, good chew toy in exchange for the bad!
Your dogs will soon realize that if they want to chew they can only choose certain objects.

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