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Greedy puppy choking!

Post by Leiasmom on Tue Aug 15 2017, 17:45

Hi I have a 14 week old staffy pup who is sometimes mischievous and tries to steal from the bin and run away. Problem is, she eats everything so fast (even her own dinner) that she has choked twice forcing me to pull the food from her throat, terrifying!! Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do please??

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Re: Greedy puppy choking!

Post by Nifty staffy on Tue Aug 15 2017, 18:17

Mine does not steal but swallows her kibble in the blink of an eye.
I bought a couple of slow feeder bowls and although she still swallows without chewing, it does slow her down significantly.

Someone recently posted a video of a ball in the feed bowl, that works too.
As for stealing from the bin, I would really cut all access to the bin at this stage. And maybe teach her to drop on command ?

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Re: Greedy puppy choking!

Post by Leiasmom on Tue Aug 15 2017, 18:54

Thanks so much for your advice!

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Re: Greedy puppy choking!

Post by -Ian- on Tue Aug 15 2017, 19:03

I agree, a slow feed bowl will help though I hadn't heard of the ball thing, neat trick and possibly cheaper too Smile

I also agree about the bin, to a dog it must smell Devine with all that left over food in it so again agree that removal is better than clearing up the consequences.

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Re: Greedy puppy choking!

Post by Goblin on Tue Aug 15 2017, 22:22

That must have been really frightening for you both.

Agree on the restricted access to bins. Given the amount of leftover picnic food when you start walking her in parks you'll have to be eagle-eyed until she picks up 'leave it' and 'drop'. Keep an eye out on the streets for spilt recycling bins too. I seriously considered walking Gizmo with a muzzle because he got into so many revolting things.
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Re: Greedy puppy choking!

Post by LizP on Wed Aug 16 2017, 08:54

Part of the running away problem is that we instinctively rush to grab what they have which turns it into a great game! Instead, call her to you for something even more fun, more yummy, and instead of trying to grab what she has, offer her something better in exchange. Cheese is often very effective. That's a good way to teach the 'leave it' command, pairing that action with the words.


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Re: Greedy puppy choking!

Post by Leiasmom on Wed Aug 16 2017, 09:23

LizP I had never thought Of that what a great idea! I'm learning so much already thanks so much for all your suggestions! First time staffy owner is a difficult job so far but definitely very fun

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Re: Greedy puppy choking!

Post by Paris1990 on Wed Aug 16 2017, 12:52

Can't add to great advice above, you will soon be putting everything out of reach and when you think there's nothing they could possible get to they find something Laughing
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Re: Greedy puppy choking!

Post by Goblin on Wed Aug 16 2017, 18:18

Yeah, I've not forgotten the first time I found Gizmo standing on the table tucking into my dinner.
There were no chairs by the table, he'd done a running leap.
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