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help with eating outside things

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now that spring is (finally) here, everything outside is once again new to Simcoe. She's picked up a habit of eating wood chips used in planter beds and I have no idea how to stop her. I realise how dangerous this is however the place that all the dogs potty in my building is filled with them (thankfully, the building doesn't use fertilizer but anywhere else we go probably does!) and I need it to stop! Do you think this is a place to use negative reinforcement?

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You need to teach the "leave it" and "drop it commands", both of which are taught with positive reinforcement.

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Here is how we taught "leave it":

We put one of Gibbs favorite treats on the floor with our hand covering it. He could smell it, but not eat it. We cued "leave it". He would eventually back up and we would reward with a treat from our other hand with "Good Boy" or "Good Leave it"

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You need to teach the "leave it" and "drop it commands", both of which are taught with positive reinforcement.
We've been working on those since I got her but she has yet to understand it outside of food and toy items... I forsee a few more weeks of digging things out of her cheeks.
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I only brought up negative cause I equate fertilizer full wood chips with the way people treat poisonous snakes - you just have to say no.
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"Drop it" can be taught like this:

Get one of her favorite toys and the one treat she loves above all else. When she takes her favorite toy in her mouth, cue "Drop it" and show her the treat. When she drops the toy, give her the treat with a "Good Girl" and "Good Drop"

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Drop it and leave it are VERY VERY important commands. Be consistent with this training an do it as often as possible. I say "leave it" and my guys will simply walk by something now.

If she is on leash - don't let her near the mulch. If off leash, if you are able to sit by the mulch to supervise that might help

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I guess we're going to have to figure out another pee spot for the time being - the mulched area is the only dirt space on my block. She's always on leash in the city. Drop/Leave it were going quite well until she hit the second rebellious stage; she now won't listen to most commands unless I stare her down and tell her to do it again.
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"Lee vit" is a necessary command. Say it like you mean it, and they will always understand.
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