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Old 11-13-2013, 03:40 AM
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Puppy eating rocks & yard debris

Please help! One week ago, I brought our 8wk old Pip home. He has the sweetest disposition and is generally a really good boy (just typical pup shenanigans). Nearly every time I take him outside, he tries to eat everything he sniffs out! We live in the country so there are wild animal droppings in our yard and he gets pretty obsessed when he finds those, but he'll eat anything! I'm talking clumps of dried grass, hazelnuts, rocks, sticks… I was using Cesar Millan's puppy training materials, but I felt like I was ruining a good dog. So I just bought some of the books recently mentioned in this forum, but I need help faster than I can read. I don't want my puppy to get sick or choke!
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:54 AM
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Both my cockers did that as pups and it just takes a lot of patience and supervision to teach them that the outdoors is not one huge buffet.
That's there way of exploring their new environment! If pup picks something up just gently remove from his mouth and NO...in time he will learn the difference. He is still growing up and has a lot to learn
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:58 PM
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Pups chew, mouth & eat just about everything. I joked about our Brittany pup that his life goal is to test to see if everything in the world is eatable and so far nothing has failed the test. I puppy proof my home both inside and out, a fenced in yard keeps the animal poop out, I don't use rockscaping or "colored mulch", I use only natural pine mulch and the few bushes and stuff we have are "pet-friendly". However, we still train him not to chew on plants and stuff. Keep him on leash to potty and they let him off leash and engage him in active play. Limit his free access and redirect his attention to toys and reward with tasty treats. At 8 weeks he's still a bit young to really get it yet... but keep it up!

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It can really help to teach a "leave it" and a "drop it", though he's young yet for both. Basically, trade up: have something super high value to give him in exchange for what he's got. Never too young to play "it's yer choice", though:

It may help to play "it's yer choice" inside first, then do it outside around all those intriguing smells. Perhaps get a play pen/ enclosure to practice in, so you can control what's within reach even outdoors.

Kikopup's video on training "leave it"

Here are two methods of training "drop it"

Again, he's young for those yet, but they're fun positive games so it can't hurt!

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Puppies explore with their mouths just try to keep anything deadly out of their mouth.
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