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How do I handle a puppy that eats the yard?

Posted by:  Tracy Dreisch
Category:   Hunting
Posted on:  March 22, 2002 at 08:29:32

Question:

I have written previously about my growling JRT T-Bone. Thank you very much for your response, it is a great help!

I have another problem that I do not know how to handle. I have read numerous JRT books and training books and cannot figure out how to handle this problem.

My puppy is obsessed with eating everything in my yard. He has discovered earthworms everywhere in the ground. I never even knew they were there. In addition to the worms he eats the grass, the mulch, rocks and whatever he can find. When I try to approach him to get the object from him he takes off running. He knows I am going to take it from him so he runs from me. It is becoming a game of chase which I do not want to play. Now every time I take him outside to go potty he is more obsessed with eating the yard. I am worried he is going to eat something that will get caught in his throat or intestines or something. How can I handle approaching him when he has something in his mouth without instigating a chase?

Thank you.

Tracy Dreisch