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Eating grass

My 2 year old golden ( Stella ) loves to eat grass and I mean eat grass, the one thing that blows me away is she does not puke it up and seems to enjoy it. Does your dog do the same? she's a very healthy 2 year old female that checks out great with the Vet.

Also 1 other habit I don't like is she smells people's pockets for treats when were walking in the trails and @ 2 years old still love's to jump on people which I can't seem to correct.
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Oh our Lily may as well be a sheep for the way she grazes on grass. She's never sick either, she just enjoys strolling and sampling.
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Eating grass is very normal. One of mine loves to graze on certain plots of grass.

The best thing I can tell you for jumping dogs is to get the people to turn their backs to the dog and don't make eye contact. It is difficult when you are just meeting someone on the trail. This training works better if you can find some willing people to practice on.
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Mine loves to eat grass,after the grass has been cut he eats the huge clumps of it all the time.He loves going for walks now as everyone seems to be cutting there grass again.Drives me nuts as he is only 5 months ,fortunately he has not been sick yet.
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Both my dogs eat grass as well. They pretty much eat it daily. Luckily, they rarely throw up. I don't think it could hurt them much. I told my vet about it once and he said to give them snap beans. I haven't tried it yet but I am growing some so when they are ready we will see if it works!
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One of my Goldens loves to eat grass and we fuss at her to stop it but she just runs to a different spot in the yard and goes at it again.
Should we just let her graze or should we be trying to stop her?
It seems like all we do is fuss at her as she runs around grazing and if it will not hurt her I would just as soon just let her graze.
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Many dogs like to eat grass..... I wouldn't worry about it unless your vet says otherwise.

Have her on leash on trails and move far enough away that she can't sniff people or jump on them. This is your temporary management plan until she has had enough trianing to walk past people. We do not want her to practice the behavior.

Your training for greetings will be to get a helper. Have your dog on leash. The helper approaches. Asks for a sit. Gives your dog a treat then walks away. In 4-10 seconds, the helper comes back, asks fr a sit, feeds a treat, walks away and repeats 25-30 times. Repeat with as many dif\ferent people as possible. IF your dog jumps up, the person should just hold still and wait for the sit to happen.

There are also walking-past people exercises you can do too....but start with the above and hten post back.
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Sadie loves the dandelion greens. Absolutely loves them. She'll lay down and pick them out of the grass like a goose.
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I am a confirmed worry wart when it comes to what our dogs eat since we've gone through hemangiosarcoma twice and all and endured several road kill eating episodes. I'm always leery of eating "strangers" grass because I don't know what they use to fertilize or keep it green and lush. We try to keep our Toby away--not always easy, especially with the spring grass and weeds. We don't use chemical fertilizers in the backyard, and use grass clippings to mulch and feed the front yard. Still, no telling who has peed on the grass or pooped/scooped before but left little somethings behind. You don't know if that sweet dog who stopped to smell and mark your beautiful grass just had a round of chemotherapy and is urinating the toxic remnants of it (we were warned the first 5 days after a chemo session to avoid our Barkley's urine and poop and only clean up with gloves on).

Ugh, yesterday I was out gardening and Toby was contentedly chowing down on an abandoned planter eating a crop of hackberry weeds/trees! That planter went into the trash! My dogs have always nabbed hackberry tree leaves on walks, chewing them like they were chewing tobacco or something.
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