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    DefaultLab eats everything! .....any advice?

    Thirteen weeks old now and our male eats everything it can get it's mouth on. Sticks ,leaves, dirt, grass. I pull all the stones and sticks out that I can but sometimes he chomps stuff down before you can get there or will play the run ,chase me game. What a PITA! I am tired of constantly snapping at him but dont want to go through a huge vet bill either. Does anyone else have this problem?

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    I think almost every lab owner who gets their lab as a pup must go through it. The best I can tell you is to teach "leave it" and "drop it". Be consistent. My pups are pretty good at it now (at about 5 months) but we still have times where they ignore me. Just be diligent with the leave it and NEVER let them get whatever it is you are telling them to leave. Reward, reward, reward when he does it.

    I can't stress enough how important leave it is...for their own safety. I had my female pup in the emergency vet to the tune of over $2500 because she choked on something and did trachea and lung damage.
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    "Leave it" combined with "drop it" which can be trained using something harmless like his toys.

    It's frustrating, you need to be patient and consistent if you want this phase to pass -- and it will if you work through it. If by "snapping" at him you mean scolding or getting angry, that isn't going to help.

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    Teaching drop-it is a lab owners best friend! Sophie is 15 months and still tries to eat all sorts of strange stuff! Yesterday it was my niece's Barbie doll. Sophie jumped the little half door into her playhouse. My niece had put all her toys inside the playhouse before Sophie's visit. She thought it would keep her toys safe. NOT! Sophie jumped that door and snagged that doll and was off-to-the-races! We yelled drop-it and she dropped it immediately! Thank goodness, it was my 5 yr old niece's favorite Barbie!
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    This is also DingDing's problem. However I was previously prepared. It is our dog owners' responsibility to teach the dogs what is right to do. I guess my conmmand is simple, I trained him to understand the strong meaning of " no", then apply it to smply most of things that I want him to stop doing immediately. Most of times, it worked, but he could piss me off much from time to time by stealing and running.

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    "NO" is a vague command. I have always tried to teach specific commands.
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    Labs never stop finding things to eat. Go on a walk and as soon as they are off lead the head hits the ground sniffing for something. Erns ate a cigarette butt yesterday.

    Leave and drop are high on my list of commands to teach.

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    Thanks for the advice , if he was a little pickier about stuff it would be easier but he even gets clumps of dirt to eat.

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    while outside, at this stage of the non listening game, i'd have him on a leash so you have a bit more control.

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    Honestly, its because I am not experienced as I was previously concerned that dog will not be able to remember too many specific commands. Si it is ok to teach my lab an array of short commands,right?

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