Originally Posted by cbear1021
Thank you. We think she is part Jack Russell, part Beagle. We think she is about 3-4 months old. We don't know for sure since we found her.
I do understand what you are saying and I guess I am just not used to this kind of puppy..she is eating everything. She is not out of our sight but just walking in the yard is crazy. She is literally like a goat, complete with gagging because she is eating so much grass. We live in the country so there is no way for me to know what is in my yard at any given time. I just want to walk her around the yard or down the gravel road ( but she eats the gravel, sand, dirt, ditch weed) I am continually saying no sharply but its in vain.
I am trying not to worry but its hard...
I hear you! It sounds like your puppy is "extra good" at the eating everything behavior, perhaps if she was a stray she learned to seek food everywhere!
As you are noticing telling her "no" is pretty futile, and also keeps giving her a negative association with you and going for walks. If you are using a leash, I'd put her in a harness so you are not pulling on her neck at all. If you are able to walk her off-leash, that's terrific.
For the most part I would not worry about what she's picking up. Making a big deal of this can make her covet stuff even more!
Things I would do
- make sure she is on a very high quality dog food, (such as Taste Of the Wild, or other grain free, high protein food) and feed her 3 or 4 times a day. If she does not over-eat, you could even leave her bowl out with food all the time. Part of her issue may be anxiety from having been a hungry stray. It may help calm her "grazing" if she can satisfy her hunger.
- Check your yard for obvious hazards
- Try not to make a big deal out of her picking stuff up. This can actually make her want things more, if you keep trying to take stuff away from her. Pick your battles. Trade something she has for a tasty treat, so she gets used to "handing it over" when asked. You can use tiny cubes of cheese or cooked meats and she'll learn quickly that giving up a rock to you is worth it!
- Try not to worry. She survived this long without supervision.
- Have faith. This stage does not last forever! In fact, you are probably in the worst of it now and it should start to fade in the next month or two.
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