Dogs are natural scavengers, there’s no shamming otherwise. Some dogs accept their scavenger nature more than others, becoming supreme practitioners of the lifestyle. If your dog is serious about looking out for food (and even things that are most definitely not food) and devouring it, you know how scary that can be. If the item they tend to swallow is either toxic or causes an intestinal congestion, it can mean an expensive vet visit. But far more importantly, it’s dicey, which is why it is necessary to have some answers to the question, “How do I get my dog to stop eating everything?”
Here’s all you need to know about what you can do to protect your dog from the dangers of gobbling down the stuff they find.
Teach your dog such a good “leave it” that it works all the time :
“Leave it” tells your dogs that they’re not allowed to take a certain item, but you must proof the cue until they’ve mastered it. While teaching your dog to do something is one part of dog training, another is the effort you put in to get them to do it regardless of what else is going on, ensuring that they succeed no matter how distracting the environment and how tempting the treasure is.
Reinforce your dog for paying attention:
When you’re out on walks, anywhere with your dog, there’s a chance they may be allured by things to eat, make it worth your dog’s while to check in with you. In a world filled with stimulating things to smell and eat, you have to offer items good enough to compete. If they learn that you have unusual things that only appear when you are in the outdoors, they’ll be more likely to notice. They will also be more likely to respond when you say their name or ask them to “watch” if those actions earn their precious treats. When you can genuinely ask for and get their attention, you can do it preventively when you see something that may entice them, thus avoiding the problem altogether.
Walk in areas with fewer temptations:
Walks are always a window of opportunity for dogs to scavenge. Every place we walk our dogs may have articles that we don’t want our dogs to inhale, but some have more of them and others have treacherous ones. Choose places that offer the fewest temptations in the way of trash and other threats. Completely avoiding areas that could have toxic items could help too.
Slow down her eating with a bowl designed for this purpose:
Many slow feed bowls have projections that dogs must work around to access their food. This slows them down and demands them to work harder to eat, providing them with mental stimulation and making eating more slowly a habit.