The dog picks up on the street: what to do? All about dogs on wikipet!
The vast majority of owners complain that dogs pick up all sorts of muck on the street. Some try to fight this habit with different methods, sometimes cruel, others waved their hands ... But even the most cruel methods do not guarantee that the dog will not grab some bad substance, being without a leash or when the owner turns away.
Why is it so difficult to wean a dog to pick up rotten pieces on the street?
The fact is that a dog is a hunter and a scavenger, and it is quite natural for it to “hunt” for food, track down “game” and pick up what lies badly. And your pet learns very quickly that smell leads to reinforcement. So the dog picks up food, not because it is "bad", but because she ... the dog!
Also, the dog can pick up food if it has health problems (gastrointestinal tract diseases) or lacks some tovitamins or minerals. In this case, first of all, it is worth consulting with a veterinarian and strictly following his recommendations.
In addition, the desire to “vacuum” muck can be associated with overexcitation or boredom.
What to do if the dog is healthy, but at the same time there is enough of everything that can reach? Allow the dog to eat anything that finds? Of course not! This is not only unpleasant, but simply dangerous for the health and life of the pet.
The answer is simple - it is necessary to teach the dog non-selection in humane ways.Yes, it will take some effort on your part, but it's worth it.
Dog training doesn’t include several stages, it is built from simple to complex. And it is very important that each stage ends with the success of the pet.
Exercises that are used to teach dogs non-selection by humane methods:
- The game "It is possible - it is impossible."
- Scattering pieces.
- Working with various provocations on a leash and without a leash in different places and in different conditions.
- Execution of various teams in the presence of food scattered on the ground.
- Training in the retention of edible objects.
- The use of provocations without the smell of the owner (other people's provocations).
You can learn this by signing up for our video course on teaching dogs non-selection by humane methods.