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Digging, grass eating and dirt eating

Murphy is now 9 months old and we still have to leash walk him to go in our fenced in yard. If we let out off leash he digs and eats big tufts of grass with the dirt attached. Recall is out of the question during these times its a "catch me if you can" situation. It was 19 degrees this morning so I let him out and off he went to eat grass AGAIN.
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No advice, but really interested to hear what others say!!!!
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He gets a two mile walk in the morning and a mile walk in the afternonn. He's well excersized.

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Koda is almost 2 and still does this exact same thing! Drives us nuts. Best thing is not to chase him, he is looking for attention. Try to bring something high value out with you and once he realizes you aren't chasing him but instead have a treat for him he might start to listen.

We don't let her out without us anyways but we have realized it always starts when we stop giving her attention outside so if we are going to be doing something else and can't focus on her or watch her she goes inside. Try to be consistent and dont chase - that is what he wants. We are just starting this so we will see how it goes!

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I actually don't have any really useful advice for you ... but maybe it's calming for you to hear that my golden girl is eating grass (sometimes including the dirt) and digging like a mole on almost any long walk .. and still she's as healthy as can be turning 10 this year

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Are you outside with him when he does this or is he by himself?
Rose used to do it a lot, not so much lately but she still does it - she is 7 months old. I used to say NO and then run away from her with a stick or clapping and she will just run after me.


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Liza does it, too. She does respond to 'eheh', though. I have Liza on a 15 ft line, even if she is playing in the garden, so if she doesn't listen, I grab the line and pull her away.
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Digging, grass eating and dirt eating

Our 3month old Gretzky does it too, especially clover (maybe he'll eat crabgrass too lol). We take treats outside and ask him to do something - sit, down, stand, come - and reward that behavior. The lure of a treat stops the digging / pulling / eating


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I pick my "Let it Battles". If mine what to eat grass, dirt, or leaves in my backyard I personally don't care. I never use pestiticles or anything on my grass other than a little plain water occassionally in the summer time. I also don't have any poisionous plants on my property.

Mine also roll in nature's fertilizer ie deer poop regularly and Buddy eats Nature's Raisennettes in my yard. I would rather he didn't but I can't keep the deer out and it would be a full time job cleaning the yard several times a day to get all the piles up.

However off my poperty they are not allowed to touch anyting!

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Charlie does that too....interested to hear the advice on this one.

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