Sharing your life with a four-legger can mean lots of changes to your lifestyle. This is especially true if you are a keen gardener or have prized houseplants in the home. While it's normal for dogs to eat grass and snack on greenery, if his choice of salad is your favorite yucca plant then you'll be less than impressed.
But snacking on shrubbery has another, potentially more dangerous side. A surprising number of ordinary house and garden plants are toxic to dogs. For the sake of your garden and the health of your canine companion, nipping his natural tendencies in the bud is essential.
For the dog, eating a plant is a self-rewarding habit. Any behavior which is rewarded (even by self-gratification) can be tricky to unlearn, therefore you need to give your pet pal a helping hand. This means a combination of removing temptation from his path, along with giving a clear and consistent response when he does attempt to chew a plant.
Always use reward-based methods. While shouting or smacking the dog may seem tempting, it only teaches the dog to be fearful of you and become devious, so he only chews plants when you're not watching.
As with all dog training, consistency is key. Make sure all family members are involved and know exactly how to respond when the situation calls for action.
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Hello. Sometimes, my dog eats plants before rolling in them or for some other reason. And whenever I try to get her to stop, she'll continue and/or run away. Why is she doing this and is there anything I can do to stop it?
Hello Genesis, Dogs eat plants for a variety of reasons. It can be due to a nutritional deficiency, an upset stomach, boredom, an interesting smell, or simply because pup enjoys the activity. If you have any reason to suspect a medical issue I would consult your vet. I would also work on teaching your dog a Leave It command, Out command, and Come command. Be sure that pup isn't eating anything poisonous. If so, you may need to change which plants are in your garden, physically block that area off, use a pet barrier device in that area, or not leave pup outside unsupervised. Leave It section: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-not-to-chew/ Out leave the area: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-teach-a-dog-the-out-command/ Come - Reel in method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall More come - Premack principle: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-to-come-when-called/ Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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