Lab eating things she shouldn't.

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  1. WillowA

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    Willow ate cat poo in the garden the next day she had terrible diarrhea she was so I'll she made a mess in the kitchen in the night.
    She also eats sticks, stones and bird poo I am afraid to let her out in the garden.
    She is never out unsupervised but by the time we get to her she has eaten whatever she got hold of.
    I don't want to put her lead on everytime she goes out would it be cruel to put a muzzle on her for her own good just while she is in the garden again supervised.
    She will drop things if she sees I have a treat but I don't normally carry treats in tje garden as she don't always eat things she catches us off guard.
     
  2. WillowA

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    https://www.thelabradorsite.com/stop-dog-eating-everything/
    I have trained Willow to drop and I can throw treats on the floor and tell her to leave I will do some exercises with high value treats and recall.
    Does she not get the treat after she has left it as I dont want to teach her its OK to get the treat after she has learnt to leave it.
    When she was learning to leave the treats on the floor I didnt give her the treat off the floor but one I had in my hand.
    She does this quite happy but still goes for other things when in the garden its the stones I worry about as they could get stuck in her gut.
     
  3. jbg

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    I found this with Maggie as well for a while. Especially sticks and stones. I decided to watch what she was doing with them and found that she just likes to carry the stones around in her mouth for a bit then she drops them on her own. With sticks, she will chew them a little but spit out what she is chewing. So with those two things I stopped making a "deal" about it and found within a week, she stopped picking them up. The deer poop and Goose poop is a different thing and have to use the drop command and a treat to get her to leave it. I actually have started looking to clean it up in the yard so as not to have the issue. Silly Lab's. I have heard them called Garbage disposals in the past and sadly it's true ;)
     
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  4. Helen Mac

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    Max turned 1 in March. He used to eat sheep poo when we were out walking - loads of it. And then he stopped. He does not even stop to smell it. Maybe it's just a puppy thing. He sometimes has a stone in his mouth but drops it when I ask him to and I've never seen him swallow a stone. He does however eat bits of his blanket!
     
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    My sweet Redd Rose is 4 1/2, and is well behaved however, true to the breed this girl can EAT. To slow her down we use a puzzle bowl, and split her food between 3 meals per day. Now she scarfs down dinner, then goes out and finds small pieces of tanbark or sticks and eats these... Some times her poop is full of little sticks. I worry about her getting a blockage in her belly. She has tons of chew toys, and Nylabones for chewing, and also gets 1 of the little "greenies" dental chews per day. We've had labs for over 30 years but this little Princess has thrown me for a loop. Any ideas?
     
  6. Saffy/isla

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    Hi all, isla eats sticks and stones too, she usually carries them around and then drops when she's bored of them but today she swallowed a rather large one!I phoned our vet and they said watch her for signs of blockage and to watch to see if she poops it out. So I have the delightful task of checking her stools, lovely.

    I'm very worried about her and am watching her like a hawk to check she's ok. Yes indeed, silly labs!
     
  7. Harry's Mum

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    My 18 week old pup will eat absolutely anything he finds in the garden! I seem to spend my days barricading specific areas and moving plants/pots/twigs & stones etc. He found an old frisbee (my kids are grown, so it must've been there for years!) underneath a bush and chewed bits off it. Poo watch was interesting! Today's delicacy was tree bark so I'm on the lookout for bits of that now!
     
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  8. Jo Laurens

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    I wouldn't let a puppy have access to the garden unless I'm literally standing on the other end of the 2.5m house line. There are simply too many toxic plants and items they can ingest, which can cause blockages. Puppies need very close supervision and should be in a safe area where there simply isn't anything they shouldn't ingest, when they are not being directly supervised.
     
  9. WillowA

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    Willow is just over 9 months now and still not allowed in the garden undpervised.
     

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