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Old 09-03-2016, 03:59 AM   #1
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My puppy Lucas is now 4 mos old and weighs in at 24 oz. Everytime I take him outside he lays down and snaps the heads off weeds, eats rocks, etc. I am in the process of training and so far he is doing ok on the pee pads. I would like to take him outside but I spend most of the time clearing his mouth of debris.
What can I do (and yes I do feed him LOL)
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is there a smaller area you can confine him to ?
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The only place I would have free of temptation is the back deck. He runs in the house but don't want to walk outside for some reason. He is too busy eating pebbles, leaves, buds, etc.
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Is it a yard or are you trying to walk him or....?

If it's a yard, why not buy an Iris Pen (Walmart or Amazon) and then set it up in your yard for the pee area - keeping the area inside the Iris Pen clear of debris...?
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I know exactly what you are dealing with.
My girl chews on EVERYTHING, but let me warn you....she actually swallowed a stone and it was a very serious issue.
I have a great dog run which I can no longer use. She is now confined to synthetic lawn on my porch.
She is not allowed to roam in the yard, and I keep her on a leash all the time when outside.
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Can you take her out on a leash and make it a walk every time you take her out so she doesn't have time to eat/chew things?
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Currently house training Addie atm as well. She loves eating grass

When she lays down and munches I try everything to distract her. I run about so she does and constantly walk around making her walk. She always gets up if I stand right over her. It's a pain isn't it. She's a lot more subborn when it's raining
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Mine was eating everything outside at first too. Luckily we only have grass and weeds no rocks in our fenced in yard and the vet said it wasn't going to hurt him to eat some grass.
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He's just a baby learning about life, like a toddler, everything has to go in their mouth. I would keep him on leash, lef him sniff as soon as his mouth opens distract him with a squeal or clap hands and make him walk. My Matese as a puppy ate rocks unbeknown to me, thankfully she passed them, and I always watched my babies like a hawk, they are so fast.
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Ha! Welcome to MY world. I have tried for almost the 2 years of my Ruger's life to not eat stuff outside. It's like pulling teeth! If it's on a walk or just out to pee he's constantly sticking his nose to the ground. I have tried taking toys on our walks (which he is on a leash), I would toss the toy no farther than the leash, he will get the toy & a stick, leaf, bug, etc.
He is doing better with picking stuff up but dropping it. But, there are lots of times we fight trying to get junk out of his mouth. Once in the mouth his jaws are locked. No telling what he has swallowed in 2 years.
Wish I had a solution.
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Cody is 5 yo, I adopted him when he was 2 1/2 yo. He was a city boy now living life as a country boy. When we are in the yard if he's not hunting, stalking he's checking out what's growing, that is when I am on him like a fly on poop, I make this ungodly sound which means NOOOOO and off he scampers.
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I know exactly what you are going through. Chewie is just over 5 months old now, everywhere we go, he is putting everything he can in his mouth. It was a nightmare to begin with. Very difficult to walk with. We were constantly picking him up, opening his mouth, and using what I call the Gravity drop, holding him at an angle so when you held his mouth open the stones etc would fall out. Or my partner was always going into his mouth go get things out. I was really feeling awful.

We tried everything, teaching him the "drop" command, worked great with toys in the house but outside we had no luck. The worst thing I've seen go in his mouth was a massive hard boiled sweet, and it scared me to death. Luckily I managed to get it out of his mouth before he choked on it.

He is lightning fast and spots things twenty times quicker than I can! But the thing that has worked best for us, and I'm not saying this would work for everyone, but it definitely did in our case was to ignore him. It was really tough at first because I was so worried about what he could possibly pick up and felt like the awful person of just ignoring it. But from the moment we started ignoring him, he started dropping things once he realised "mummy doesn't care". It became less of a game for him. Obviously I tried to guide him away from really dangerous objects but I kept a loose leash (where as I always had him on such a tight leash to try and stop him, which again probably was forcing him to pull against me thinking it was a game) and I would let him go and pick up a leaf, and instead of giving him attention I would continue to walk on and just say "come on" in a friendly happy voice and straight away he started dropping things and walking on with me. It took maybe a couple of weeks where he would still pick everything up, and there would be the odd thing that we would have to reach in there and get but after those couple of weeks, he just started sniffing stones/leaves/grass etc and I think realised he wasn't going to get a reaction out of me so he just carries on walking.

It took a long, frustrating time to figure out what would work for our boy, but now we figured it out, it's a blessing. And he walks great now!

Hope you manage to find some advice that works for your boy!
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Both of my puppies were exactly the same! You just have to prevent them from getting to the stuff they wanna put in their mouths, as much as possible anyway. When they're in your yard, do you have him on a leash? If not, you may want to. Otherwise, I'd definitely put him in a x-pen in an area that is free of debris in the yard.
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First couple years were the hardest preventing the pups from grabbing everything. They have improved with age, but I still have to keep a close eye on them.

Teddy ate a very long piece of dried grass recently, ugh. He lost his voice for a day and the evidence came out the other end.

I don't know when or how he managed it because we walk on leash. He must have smuggled it inside on his long coat and I missed it.
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Forgot to include the advice: close supervision and training to "leave it" and "drop it." I also say, "that's not good for you" or "don't eat that" and the boys know that means to leave it alone.
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