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    Angry Need a miracle to stop the yard grazing

    Lady will not stop eating things in the yard. I have a chair outside that I sit in so I can jump up and referee her yard habits and drive myself (and her, I'm sure!) bonkers. I have tried EVERYTHING. I read tons of advice, tried advice, bought 100 different kinds of distracting toys, "leave it", "drop it", "EH EH!", "NO!" and nothing works. The vet suggested to feed her a bit more at meal times (which it was time to do anyway) so we upped her food amount and that hasn't worked either.

    On top of all of that, I decided that maybe if we covered up what she was getting into the most that we could solve the problem and she would concentrate on her outside toys. We had potting soil with tree bark chips in it that she loved to get in, flowers planted and a dead bush she gnawed pieces off of and tried to swallow. So to fix this problem we spent an entire weekend re-arranging our back yard and laying pine straw over all of my garden areas (had to rip my flowers up! ) so she couldn't get to plants or potting soil and my husband actually took his truck and YANKED the bush out of the yard! It didn't work! Now her favorite thing is pine straw again. I am now reminded of the days when we first brought her home and she was fascinated with pine straw. I actually looking forward to her being INSIDE b/c I can puppy proof my house a lot better than the great outdoors.

    Please any advice send it on! She's attempting to eat (and a few slip by before my fingers get them): tree bark, grass, twigs, pine straw, beetles, leaves, etc. etc. etc.......UGH!

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    Fletcher loves to eat/ play with leaves and I don't stop him. He seems like really like the dead crunchy big ones best. He also likes to chew on sticks, bite at the taller grass and chase beetles and I rarely stop him. If he's breaking off big pieces of the stick I trade it out but other than that. Unless he is eating a lot of it or doing something destructive I want to be a no no(like digging where he's not allowed) I won't worry about it. We have had a great time with a sandbox that is just for Fletcher. We noticed he like to dig so we gave him one place the sandbox he doesn't dig anywhere else now.

    I have to ask why do you not want her to chew/ play with this stuff. If she eats the occasional leaf or bug I don't think it would harm her. Make sure the bugs/plants in your yard are not poisonous to dogs I'm sure this is info on this site even. Plus I think distracting her with an active game might work better.
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    Bentley has always enjoyed dead grass or plant stems. We got him in January and had a hard time getting him to concentrate on pottying when we'd take him out because he wanted to munch on dead, crispy plants. I allow him to eat this stuff now unless it's something that I'm worried about him getting choked on.

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    Ugh, That's my problem, most of the things in our yard are actually poisonous and since we live in a patio home that shares fence lines in such close quarters we can't do anything about the major culprit which is horsetails. My neighbor won't get rid of the plant and they have grown in about 100 different places under the fence and into our yard and all through our fence, wrapping upwards. They drive me nuts and grow faster than anything I've ever seen. They are poisonous in large quantities and I've started to grow weary b/c she's eaten so much of it, I'm sure she's getting to that point. I can't pick them out of the yard fast enough before they grow back again and she's found them.

    We have three Oleanders as well and the two that we have pruned really far up so she can't reach it she's never cared about, so the dead-like one that she kept going after we yanked up out of the yard.

    I don't mind the grass or leaves. I know that can't hurt her, but the poisonous stuff worries me. The pine straw bothers me because when we first brought her home we couldn't keep it out of her mouth and my vet said her throat was very irritated and near infection and to always keep the yard gunk out of her mouth.

    That being said, t's been interesting b/c half of what's in our yard she can't have but the other half is not really bad for her...but it's all the same to her. So I can't figure out how to make her realize that some things she needs to leave alone, but not others. I feel like it's all or nothing...
    {Lady} {ruby Cavalier, 1 yr.}

    {Ray} {wild man kitty}
    {Jane} {Siamese princess kitty}

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    We are a shared fence line as well so I understand but when we first moved in our neighbor has this potted cactus that was blowing needles all over our side of the fence!!! They HURT and were everywhere. I chatted with my neighbor who told me well she put it outside because it was blowing needles but it should end soon because of some crap about the weather. She had no care or concern that the needles were in my yard!!! So basically our yard sucked. After a week or so of this my husband got ANGRY because he came back in the house with like four needles in his foot he jumped the fence and poured gas in to pot LOL She never said a thing to us

    Do you walk her often? If she is getting enough exercise outside of the yard maybe it would be safer for her to have a small pup run for the yard. I would think because of the dangers it might be a good idea. I would try to make her area as big as possible like use 2 xpens. I know you want her to be able to use her yard but until you can trust her leave it/drop it commands that's what I would do. I'm sure you can come up with a cost effective puppy effective option.

    Our yard is small and even tho Fletcher can do some running around I still walk him a lot. Luckily for us there is a good sized doggie park/dog run in our neighborhood well within walking distance for some 'real' games of ball.
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    How annoying!!! Some neighbors are nightmares! We love our neighbor. She's very nice, feeds my kitties when we're gone and Lady plays with her Dachtsun. I think that's why we have avoided talking to her about it b/c we like her too dang much! Her dog was never a grazer or chewer so she's not worried about things like this...Her yard is COVERED in a million different plants, bushes and all kinds of junk. I think we need to talk to her and maybe she'd let me husband go over there and try to do away with them. I don't know if there's much hope. Horsetails are one of those pesky 'never-going-to-go-away" plants like Kudzu.

    We do give her lots of exercise and walks as well as her 100 laps a day around the house with our boy kitty. We also sit outside with her a LOT. That did help a little for a while until her spay surgery. We haven't wanted to take her for long walks or let her get too wild. Today is her first day that she's allowed to go buck wild again so we're going to take her to the bark park, get a good bath, take a trip to PetSmart and she gets to see her cousin tonight (5 month old Blenheim). Although she does not like her at all (haha), she will still get some exercise.

    I am afraid to spend the money on an X-pen after she's had so long with free run of the yard. She would bark incessantly until she was "freed!" She loves to do little laps around the yard as well. I almost would feel silly doing that as the actual grass part of my yard is probably only double the size of an Xpen. Very small. I wish I could just put a fence around those edges, but that would be silly also.

    Small yard: That grass area is about all she's got to frolic in. We yanked the Oleander she found interesting up and pruned the other ones...and pruned the bottoms up so she can't reach. We are eventually pulling them out, but one traumatic tree pulling per weekend is about all I can handle. That little booger being pulled up ruined my whole day. Thankfully she could care less about the other two in the meantime.

    photo 2 by Lady Hoop, on Flickr

    This is her SPOT! I would feel cruel Xpenning her from this spot, haha!

    photo 1 by Lady Hoop, on Flickr

    She's not THIS bad anymore, I can be thankful for that. Caught red-handed.

    image by Lady Hoop, on Flickr
    {Lady} {ruby Cavalier, 1 yr.}

    {Ray} {wild man kitty}
    {Jane} {Siamese princess kitty}

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