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.