My sweet pup learned to scavenge to survive as a stray in a rural area with her mom. Now she's up to her ears in kibble and tasty treats, but the allure of dead animals, chicken bones, live bees, and bird poop beats everything out...not to mention the nectar that is dirty pond water! I'm doing the obvious, but have any of you successfully untrained fervent, compulsive scavenging behavior? Tips to share?
This is Junebug
. She behaves extremely well except in this one area, where becomes a terror. With her little corgi legs, she's at an optimal height to snatch up garbage quickly. The book suggested by our soon-to-be-trainer suggested a head harness, which we're working her up to now.
Things that are not yet successful:
1. Extreme vigilance - she's eating less trash and drinking less stagnant water than before, but she's quick, even in "heel" mode.
2. "Leave it" - she'll drop a stick or a shoe happily, but so far "leave it" just means she tries to gulp down the item in question quickly. I need advanced level leave-it strategies.
3. Diverting with a smelly, yummy treat - nothing is as tasty a leftover bone from a buffalo wing or a goose turd, apparently.
We are starting obedience training next week, which I'm hoping will help, but in the meantime I would appreciate any advice--she's already had two emergency vet visits this month from eating something she wasn't supposed to.