I have a 6 and a half month old boston terrier puppy, Stanley. He is always on a leash when he's taken outside whether for walks or to go potty. Just recently, he began trying to eat anything and everything he can find outside. He'll put leaves, rocks, mulch, cigarette butts, etc. into his mouth, and we constantly have to pull them out. When he does it, we try correcting him when he tilts his head down to pick something up with a firm "no" and jerk of the leash, but it hasn't been very effective.
Does anyone have any advice on how to stop this behavior? I'm worried if he keeps it up he'll get hurt one day if we can't get the object out in time and he swallows something harmful.
I don't have any great suggestions but our guy did the same as a pup and for the most part has outgrown the behaviour. For a while I thought to change his name to Leaveit or Dropit! He sometimes still goes for 'stuff' on the street but rarely. I found we had to use a Halti to stop the pulling on walks (he's quite strong) and because it turns his head rather than chokes at the neck it worked well when he started to go after things on the ground to eat.
There is a product you can buy at PetSmart. I am not sure of the exact name of it but it's in a green bottle and has yellow writing on it. It is a bitter apple no-no spray. When I got my 1st Boston, she did the same thing. Rocks, grass, POOP, anything she found outside...or inside sometimes too! We bought some of this spray and when we noticed her going for something, we quickly sprayed the object. It does take some accuracy on your part and timing is a must but just a little squirt should make him want to leave it alone. We have not used this in a long time but it was very effective when we needed it. Our girl did outgrow the behavior so hopefully Stanley will too! Best of luck and hope this helps!
Don't worry about tomorrow; it has never happened before.
I swear my Max also thought his name was leave it or no when he was little. It does work. It just takes a million "leave its"! I am not sure if it makes you feel any better now, but it will get better when your puppy gets older. My mom is struggling with her dog eating poop...yuck! Good luck...
I think your puppy will grow out of it too. All of my dogs did the same thing, I was constantly following them wround saying "what are you eating!" haha My chihuahua would eat bark leaves, q-tips, paper scraps, paper clips and pens...well she wouldn't eat them, but at least try. She's a year and a half now and has pretty much grown out of it, she even got out once and we found her trying to eat a ketchup paccket that had been squished to the cement lol. Have you maybe thought about changing its puppy food? Somtimes they try to eat everything because they are still hungry and maybe not getting all the nutrition they may need, but he will most likely grow out of it. Good luck!
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