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How to Stop My Dog From Eating Random Things?

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Dogs don’t have hands, so they’ve learned to communicate in other ways. Chewing is a normal and necessary canine behaviour, along with sniffing, tail wagging, and barking. Normal everyday chewing can quickly escalate into destructive behaviour if your dog acquires a taste for chewing everything in her path.

As pet owners, we all adore our furry companions and strive to provide them with the best care possible. However, one common issue that many dog owners face is their pets ingesting random objects, which can lead to serious health complications. This behavior, known as pica, is not uncommon in dogs, especially in their curious and exploratory stages. While it can be worrisome, there are numerous effective strategies that can help you prevent your dog from consuming things that could harm them.

Why Do Dogs Chew?

If your dog is eating everything, the first thing you should do is try to determine why. Once you know why your dog is eating everything, you can start to work on stopping it. Dogs have a natural instinct to scavenge and eat whatever they can find, but it can be a problem when they start raiding the garbage or eating things that aren’t good for them. There are several reasons why dogs may start eating everything, including boredom, hunger, or curiosity.

1. Teach your dog such a good “leave it” that it works every time.

 “Leave it” tells your dog that they’re not allowed to take a particular item — but you must “proof the cue” (aka, get your dog to respond to a cue in all situations) until they’ve mastered it. You’re probably thinking, “I’ve already tried to teach my dog to do this. It just doesn’t work a lot of the time, especially when they find something extra-special.” I do know how hard it is to successfully teach a dog they can’t have something that’s right under their nose just because you say so.

  • Puppy-proof your home. It could save you veterinary bills—and your pet’s life.
  • Keep an eye on your pup. Close supervision is critical when you’re training your puppy to not eat things it shouldn’t. Use a crate when you can’t pay attention to your puppy.
  • Correct your pup’s behavior with a simple, firm “no” whenever you notice it mouthing something it shouldn’t. You can also introduce your puppy to a command like “drop it” when it’s chewing an inappropriate object.

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Preventing your dog from ingesting random objects requires a combination of a safe living environment, proper training, nutritional management, regular exercise, and, if necessary, professional guidance. By implementing these strategies, you can effectively mitigate the risks associated with pica and ensure the overall well-being and safety of your beloved canine companion.

Ways to Stop Your Dog’s Unusual Eating Habits:

Regardless of what your pooch enjoys munching on, there are a few things you can do to try and curb the habit:

  • Clean your backyard frequently to remove any rocks, poops, or other items. If it isn’t there, your pup can’t eat it.
  • Teach your dog to ‘drop it’ and ‘leave it’ on command. Essential know-how for every dog.
  • Increase your pup’s exercise and enrichment throughout the day. A tired and busy dog is less likely to nibble on things they shouldn’t.
  • Take your dog to the vet for a full examination to look for signs of illness or to discuss solutions to behavioural issues such as anxiety.

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