Help My Dog Eats Everything

My mini schnauzer has a problem of wanting to eat anything and everything he finds on the ground. When he sees something, he quickly sniffs it and then immediately tries to eat it.

I am forever worried that he's going to ingest some pesticide or something else that could really cause him harm.

What can I do to stop this behavior?

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Dog thinks everything is food
by: Miss K

I have found it helpful to feed my dog his meal within 30 mins of the walk then he is less hungry and more willing to "leave it" when asked. I also carry authorized dog snacks if he picks something that is not food i can quickly offer an alternative

by: Anonymous

My 10 year old does the same. It seems the older she gets the worse she has gotten! I wish I had an answer for this problem!

by: Anonymous

start immediately to do this:

place your thumb & first and second finger at the rear and on top of the end of the mouth, then press gently, but firmly inward causing the upper gum to fold UNDER the top teeth. this doesn't hurt or injure the dog but it does cause the dog to open its mouth. While holding the mouth in that position, THEN, put your fingers into the mouth and feel for anything that might be in it; your dog MUST allow you to do this, as you are the "leader" and can do this without the dog resisting or complaining.... in short you may be able to save a veterinarian billing, or perhaps the dogs life;

What's Worked For Me
by: Melissa

I think the most important thing you can teach your dog is the 'drop it' command. Is your schnauzer still a puppy? I have one adult and one puppy. What I have noticed is that this gets better with maturity. Both of my schnauzer's will eat anything they see. But, my white schnauzer is so much better about things since she's reached adulthood, and will leave most stuff alone. My salt and pepper is still a puppy, and I can't leave him unattended. That being said, since they will obey 'drop it', (most of the time), it has saved my salt and pepper twice from eating oleander leaves, which are highly toxic. I hope you can find something that will work for you, but I can totally empathize with you!

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