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I have to watch Oreo like a hawk! It seems like he will eat anything. I am constantly having to swipe my finger through his mouth to remove something he has snarfed up. Night time walks are the worst cause I really can't see what he is going after until it is already in his mouth. Tonight I thought once again he had an acorn (one of his most favorites). It sounded like an acorn when he was chewing on it, but oh no! This is what I found...Glass resized.jpg
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Oh dear!
Hope Oreo is ok.
They are quick aren't they!
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careful , acorns /leaves can be toxic . I would train a leave it cue, be vigilant.
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Naughty little Oreo!! I am so glad you got it before he cut up his tongue!
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It seems like he will eat anything. I am constantly having to swipe my finger through his mouth to remove something he has snarfed up.
We have taught Ricky the "leave it" and "drop it" cues. I always carry a few favorite treats with me to reward him when he complies. He is getting very reliable. Acorns and fruit pits are very toxic to dogs. We always carry a high intensity, LED, flashlight when walking at night.

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Emily at Kikopet has great videos

leave it part 1 https://youtu.be/pEeS2dPpPtA

leave it part 2 https://youtu.be/7My9gMIEyiE

Drop it https://youtu.be/hInjqMSOYgs

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Short of doing the GI Joe belly crawl nose to nose along side Oreo, there is no way to see every object he can find in the grass before it goes in his mouth. He is quite the sniffer, and his nose to the ground is much better than my eyes from 5 feet above are. We have been working on commands, but when I hear something rattling around in his mouth, my need for expediency takes over and I reach in there and fish it out. While acorns can be toxic to dogs, my vet told me not to worry if he did occasionally ingest one of the small Live Oak acorns, which are almost impossible to avoid in our area. I am at a loss as to how the chunk of glass even ended up in our lawn. My primary focus for avoidance of late has been the mushrooms that have been popping up that Oreo goes absolutely insane over. When there are things that are large enough for me to see, I can usually distract him with a treat and get him to "leave it", but mushrooms are like crack to him and he practically turns into Cujo when I try to get him away from them. I am now doing a daily mushroom sweep before we go outside. If is isn't something it's something else!
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Yeah, while I fully agree that it's important to teach a strong "leave it" and "drop it", I ALSO know that until you get those strong,t here is a period of time when you have to do what you have to do. We call it "cavity search" with Panda, who, being the youngest, it the most likely to get in trouble.

Fortunately, to my knowledge, she has NEVER tried to swallow a non-food item. But you just can't take a chance.
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I always check our backyard lawn for mushrooms... Last year a coworkers beagle died within hours after eating a mushroom in their backyard.
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OMG! That was scary. Willow once got a piece of glass too. I had broken a measuring cup and was so certain I had found every little piece. Even wiped the floor with a damp paper towel to pick up any tiny speck. Missed a piece though and of course Willow found it. No harm done but oh my, it could have been awful!
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