Leo Eats Everything

In Leo’s mind, and I’m assuming most dog’s minds, everything on the ground is fair game. If food is ever dropped to the ground, it’s a race between Leo and I. I hate to admit that I don’t always win that race. Sometimes he’s super stealthy (or I’m just super slow) and snags whatever it is before I can even glance down. Licking his lips is the only evidence of the crime. This was a behavior that I was fully expecting when raising a puppy.

What I wasn’t expecting was for him to literally pick up everything in his path. On walks, I spend about 80% of the time fishing leaves, sticks, and more out of Leo’s mouth. We’ve been working on the “leave it” command, which works sometimes, but if there’s an especially juicy stick or the wind catches a leaf just right, there’s no stopping Leo. Luckily for me and Leo’s health, he’s too slow for those little Florida lizards that are always hopping around everywhere. I thought this was a behavior he would get over as he got older, but no, he’s still going strong. As a result, I’ve developed this very effective finger-hooking action to get stuff out of his mouth without pushing it further into his mouth.

The silver lining of Leo’s appetite is that it’s very easy to give him any medications. He happily takes down his Interceptor Plus and NexGard chewables every month.

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  1. I have three mini dachshunds Squirt, Bella and Hammy who love the sleep on the couch. Currently I have 6 small blankets and mini covers spread around to cover my couch. I have been looking for a pet couch cover for a while but haven’t found an inspiration yet.

  2. We have a big German Shepherd dog , that is not permitted on the furniture. His hair migrates to the furniture anyway. My father in law has been ill and can no longer take care of his little dog who does jump and play on furniture. We will be his family now, so we will need a couch protector to prevent furniture/sofa damage.

  3. That is good in a way since you can give him medication easily if needed and funny too. I have a Terrier Hound mix named Zoey and she is almost 22 months old and is into every thing , she has chewed up bedroom slippers nylon/plastic serving spoon, reusable coffee filter basket from a Cuisinart coffee maker, my Cell Phone,, phone books (yellow Book White Pages and Yellow pages), my address book, photo albums, Photo envelopes that contained photos for the photo albums,eye glass case, resin statues, Cork backing off stone coasters, plastic handle off dog nail clippers, wooden picture frame, cardboard coasters, cloth coasters, handle of 2 plastic measuring spoons etc. She is constantly finding things to chew up and always when we are not around to correct her or catch her in the act. We find these items when we come home and she has a Kong stuffed with peanut butter and treats plus chewy bones and lots of toys yet she still steals our stuff and chews them up and or destroys them.

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