many questions (long)
So, we are trying to get my pup used to leash walking as he's finally had his second set of shots. Just in the driveway to the mailbox for now. He does pretty well, but he loves to sniff and then lick pebbles from in between concrete cracks. We haven't let him in the yard because he just looves rocks. We've been working on leave it, but he's so young, it's not very reliable. I'd love to take him out to the mountains and do some hiking once he gets his last vaccine, but with all the venomous critters and cactus, I don't want to risk it until he stop this behavior.
Any ideas on how to get him to stop licking and eating things outside? I've started spraying the hot spots with bitter apple (apparenlt certain patches of the concrete are tastier than others?) But i have to do it every time we go to potty so it's a pita and goodness, i'll need to buy stock in it soon.
To make matters even more fun, we just got his fecal back and it turns out he has giardia. I assume it's because he can't keep his mouth off the ground. I can try and limit it, but he does need to sniff before he potties and then he starts to lick the ground...I usually redirect then, but it only lasts for a moment before he's back at it.
Does anyone know what I need to do too disinfect? Heard it's a nasty little bug to get rid of. Do I need to toss his chews, like bully sticks and antlers? Bathe him? How often?
We're glad we didn't allow him in the yard now, as his little potty area will be much easier to disinfect than the whole yard. We'd love to let him in there when he's clean though, so we're hoping to nip it in the bud.