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A muzzle would be a way of managing the situation, but it would be a shame to have to muzzle him for every walk. I would dedicate all future outings as training sessions until the behaviour is controlled. Bring high value treats and reward/throw a party everytime he “leaves it”. Not if he grabs the acorn, mind you, give the command as soon as he even looks at one so he learns not to even pick them up.. If he looks to you instead, reward. Use a lot of movement like stepping backwards excitedly so he moves towards you to get the treat, then turn and carry on with the walk. Try and keep his attention on you instead of the ground. If he manages to grab an acorn either remove it from his mouth or use the drop it command. You might have to do this every step of the way and you might not get too far on the walk at first, but if he is truly eating them (and other, potentially worse, things off the ground) then this training is very important and worth the time it will take.
Last edited by cishepard; 12-06-2018 at 07:07 PM.