You might have noticed that your Cavapoo loves eating everything in sight. If it fits in their mouth, they’ll give it a good chew.
This is undoubtedly one of the more frustrating traits of having a dog and can amount you a large sum in vet bills.
The most important thing to do when you find your Cavapoo eating everything in sight is to remove all foreign objects from their reach. You should also work on training this behavior out of your dog. Not only can it ruin your belongings, but it can also be dangerous and life-threatening for your Cavapoo.
Today we’re looking at how you can stop your dog from eating foreign objects.
Why Is Your Cavapoo Eating Foreign Objects?
First things first, you need to establish why your dog is eating something they’re not supposed to. If your dog is a puppy, they might be exploring the world with their mouths.
This is normal for puppies and is a natural instinct stemming from their days in the wild.
Another reason why Cavapoos might eat foreign objects is that they smell or taste nice.
While we might not think a greasy cooking utensil or soiled diaper smells particularly appealing, your dog might think they’ve hit the jackpot.
Cavapoos are also prone to separation anxiety and might be tempted to chew on anything that smells like you. This could include shoes, clothes, and bedding.
The Possibility Of Pica
Pica is the obsessive urge for dogs to eat non-edible objects.
While most dogs will accidentally swallow something they shouldn’t in their lifetime, you might wonder if your dog has Pica if they’re repeatedly swallowing rocks, dirt, and other foreign objects throughout the day. For example, our Cavapoo is obsessed with horse poop.
A common reason for Pica is that your Cavapoo is missing vital nutrients in its diet. If you’re concerned about this, the first thing you should do is consult your veterinarian.
They will give you advice on treatment and prevention to hopefully stop your Cavapoo from ingesting anything toxic or dangerous.
Nutrients Can Be Found In Grass
If your Cavapoo loves eating grass, this isn’t necessarily the worst thing. Grass contains trace amounts of nutrients that your dog’s diet might be deficient in.
Alternatively, they might just like the taste of the grass.
You don’t have to stop your Cavapoo from eating grass as it is harmless. However, if they are venturing near poisonous plants, you might have a cause for concern.
Training Your Dog To Not Eat Everything In Sight
All Cavapoos need to be trained to ensure that they remain sociable and friendly as they age into adulthood.
However, they should also be trained not to chew anything other than toys. The majority of dogs outgrow their chewing phase once they finish teething, but some continue to chew and eat anything they find on the floor.
Here are a few tips on how to teach your dog that not everything they find on the floor is food.
Puppy-Proof Your Home
Similar to toddler-proofing, you’ll need to make sure your home is safe for a Cavapoo prone to eating things as there are a lot of toxic household items. While it might interfere with your decor or home layout, it could save your dog’s life.
The best way to puppy-proof your home is to get on your hands and knees and crawl around each room. This gives you the vantage point of your dog and shows you what might become a hazard.
Pick things up, place them up higher, and keep everything clean and tidy.
Use A Correction Command
Negative reinforcement shouldn’t be used on Cavapoos as they don’t react well to it, but this doesn’t mean you can’t use a correction command.
A simple ‘no’ will work, so whenever you see your dog doing something, it shouldn’t use a firm voice to tell them to stop.
You can also use other commands, such as ‘drop’, when they’ve already picked up the foreign object.
Once you have used the correction command, distract your Cavapoo with a toy they are allowed to chew. Then use positive reinforcement to show them what they should be doing.
You can also redirect them to their food bowl if you think they’re hungry, helping them distinguish between what is edible and what’s not.
What To Do If Your Cavapoo Eats Something They Shouldn’t
If your Cavapoo eats a foreign object before your training properly kicks in, you should take the necessary measures to ensure they remain safe.
The object will most likely pass through your dog between 24 and 72 hours. You will need to check each stool movement to ensure it comes out the other end and doesn’t remain in your dog’s system.
If you know what your dog has swallowed, assess the risk and call your vet if necessary. Some things are less hazardous than others, but when in doubt, call your vet for advice.
Larger objects pose a greater risk of choking, and toxic objects increase the likelihood of poisoning.
If the object does not pass within 72 hours, contact your vet and get an appointment for your dog to be seen.
If they exhibit any worrying symptoms, like vomiting, changes in mood, and bloating, get them in for an emergency appointment.
Thanks for reading! Cavapoos eating foreign objects can be worrying for their owners, and it can also be a difficult habit to kick.
The best way to stop it is through consistent training. Use command words and positive reinforcement to show your Cavapoo that they should be eating their kibble only and chewing on toys rather than shoes.
If your Cavapoo suffers from separation anxiety, consider hiring a dog walker or sitter to keep them company throughout the day.
If you’re concerned that your Cavapoo has swallowed anything it shouldn’t, it should usually pass within 72 hours.
However, if you’re worried, it’s always better to be safe than sorry and contact your vet.