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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-13-2017, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Eating on command

Or more appropriately put, don't eat it unless I tell you it's OK.

I want to "Poison Proof" our puppy, or at least give it my best shot. I don't want him to eat anything he finds laying in the yard or take treats from anyone unless I tell him it's OK. So I assume this training will have to include meals we feed him at home as well.

I have a general idea of how to do it but I'd like advice from someone who has already gone through the process. For instance, at what age do I start? Thank you in advance!
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good luck. i've had some pretty decently trained dogs before but never had one that couldn't resist a nice goose turd in a park or a milkbone tossed to them on a walk by a mailman. i would love to hear others' experience.
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I have never wasted my energy on this. As long as she consistently responds to "Leave It!" I am fine. She is never outside unsupervised and always close by me off leash so I have usually my eyes on her or at least have her in the corner of my eye. Always assume that you cannot trust her when it comes to eat contraband.
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I had a dog poisoned by druggie neighbors years ago. When I got my new dog she was trained she could only eat in her crate. It meant following her around after baiting the house, the yard, walking down the street and verbal corrections if she tried to eat anything she found. (Leave it command). I never let anyone give her treats. Only my two older sons and I fed her.


It did work. I had them try it again and she didn't eat it. I took it to the police, but without proof as to who had put it there, they could only up patrols past my house which they were already doing. I moved as soon as I could.
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I had a dog poisoned by druggie neighbors years ago. When I got my new dog she was trained she could only eat in her crate. It meant following her around after baiting the house, the yard, walking down the street and verbal corrections if she tried to eat anything she found. (Leave it command). I never let anyone give her treats. Only my two older sons and I fed her..
At what age did you start the training?
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Because of the previous incident we started her the day she came home. We also never allowed her outside alone until we felt it safe to do so, which was about seven months old? She might have been able to do it earlier, but I was too paranoid to chance it until then. But remember every dog is different. While it worked for mine doesn't mean it will work with another. Or when it will be solid if it does work.
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Thank you Deb!
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Whenever I see these threads I think of scenarios like if what if the dog got separated from the owner somehow and needed to take food from a stranger or whatever he could scrounge up on his own.What if he has to be boarded or be fed by a pet sitter?
I think (maybe?)it could be trained and proofed in your home and yard with the use of an e collar and a camera if you wanted reliability without the owner's presence.
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Whenever I see these threads I think of scenarios like if what if the dog got separated from the owner somehow and needed to take food from a stranger or whatever he could scrounge up on his own.What if he has to be boarded or be fed by a pet sitter?
I think (maybe?)it could be trained and proofed in your home and yard with the use of an e collar and a camera if you wanted reliability without the owner's presence.
This might be a possibility for a few days but I doubt that any healthy dog is going to starve itself eventually. That would go against their wiring.
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Whenever I see these threads I think of scenarios like if what if the dog got separated from the owner somehow and needed to take food from a stranger or whatever he could scrounge up on his own.What if he has to be boarded or be fed by a pet sitter?
I think (maybe?)it could be trained and proofed in your home and yard with the use of an e collar and a camera if you wanted reliability without the owner's presence.

My dog sitter could feed her in her crate with no problem.
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