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Old 12-17-2007, 07:10 PM
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How do I stop my 9wk old border collie pup from eating rabbit tirds? Is this harmful to her, since she hasn't had all her vaccine shots?
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:24 PM
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Patches, I've got 6 dogs, all of which eat rabbit poop, horse poop, goat poop, anything they can find here on the farm, and the worst that has happened is some bad breath, or maybe a little throw up...

As for stopping her from eating it, say "Aaah! Leave it!" if a firm, yet calm vioce, and keep a close eye on her, when you see her going to get some say "aaah! Leave it!" and if she so much as looks at you say "Ohh good girl! That's a good gril!" love on her, and if you've got treats in your pocket or a toy with you, reward her with more than verbal praise.

Good luck, and welcome to the forum! If you've got more questions, feel free to ask, and I and others will try our best to help you!
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:31 PM
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^^Ditto. Mine enjoy rabbit and deer and the occassional horse puck if they can get ahold of it before I see them. They're fine, they just don't get to come near me until I can get some doggy breath spray into their mouths.

"Leave it" is one of those super awesome must have commands, like sit and stay.
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:35 PM
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Zoom, it's gotten to the point for us, we just leave them... We only draw the line when they try brining it into the house
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:40 PM
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Yeah, I gave up over rabbit and deer (it's EVERYWHERE!!), but I can usually smell horse coming up on the trail and will intercept then.
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Old 12-17-2007, 08:24 PM
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Great advice Zoom and Shay. Leave It has to be the most, wonderfully, awesome command ever invented.

I only have one thing to add.....coming from a Border Collie addict....where'd your pup come from? Pictures?
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:04 PM
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How do I stop my 9wk old border collie pup from eating rabbit tirds? Is this harmful to her, since she hasn't had all her vaccine shots?
My Aussie eats rabbit poop in the house. Leave it will usually work, but bunny poo is so small that he usually has it before I can notice.


(Note to self, tell bunny to poop less.)
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:06 PM
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Luckily I only have to worry about rabbit poop, but it seems to be EVERYWHERE lol.. and chloe loves it
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:18 PM
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Yup, Xena eats her share of poo. Bunny, deer, other dog, cat. So far, just gives her bad breath. I tell her no and pull her away when I catch her, but it would seem that her system can handle it.

The other day the cat pooped on the landing. I noticed it on my way upstairs to put something away. 5 minutes later when I came back to clean it up, I only found Xena licking her chops. Yum.
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:58 PM
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I gave up many years ago .... I guess they think they are capers !
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