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how to train my dog not to pick up/ eat sticks outside

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by chillithecorgi, Feb 23, 2021.

  1. chillithecorgi

    chillithecorgi PetForums Newbie

    Mar 14, 2020
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    Hi all,

    I have been doing the leave it/ drop it trainings at home, i.e. leaving high-value treats like dental sticks/ rabbit ears on the ground, and my dog is doing really well for leaving them.

    However, whenever we are out in the park, she will pick up sticks and eat them, and I end up chasing after her in the park/ watching her swallows the whole stick.

    What should I do please help

    Many thanks
  2. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

    Nov 22, 2010
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    I’ve got a stick eater too! I do swaps for high value treats. Works so well that my other dog has started picking up sticks so she can swap it for a treat too :rolleyes: I find it hard to anticipate when he will choose to pick up a stick or he sees it before me, so ‘leave it’ doesn’t really work.
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  3. Linda Weasel

    Linda Weasel PetForums VIP

    Mar 5, 2014
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    As @McKenzie, leave is ok if you see the item before your dog does.

    I would start training with sticks (safely) at home, if these are the specific issue.

    Do ‘fetch’ and swap for something really good.

    It can be done; mine brought me a rabbit carcass the other day (yuk) without being asked. But it does take time.
  4. Ian246

    Ian246 PetForums VIP

    Oct 27, 2018
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    You really need to do whatever you can to stop this. Vets will tell you that sticks cause lots of injuries in dogs - splinters in gums cause abscesses; splinters in the oesophagus or stomach can be even worse; lumps can get stuck in the throat. If necessary I’d keep her on a long lead, so you have some control until you can get it sorted.
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