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Offline AndyB

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Scavenging
« on: December 24, 2021, 08:03:51 AM »
Maisie has developed an obsession with chewing gum when we are out walking.  About 3 weeks ago she found some chewing gum that someone had disposed of by wrapping it back up in the foil wrapper.  She picked it up and had a bit of a chew but I did manage to get it off her but she has obviously developed a liking for the taste.  Now every time we go out she is obsessed with looking for chewing gum stuck on the pavement.  Any white item gets inspected, small stones, small bits of white paper.  If she does find some chewing gum she will try to prise it off the pavement and eat it.  I have managed to get the gum out of her mouth on a couple of occasions but now she has got wise and bolts it down as soon as I try to open her mouth. 

Yesterday she managed to swallow a piece before I could retrieve it and about an hour later was very sick, (thankfully).  I am very concerned about this habit and am considering purchasing a basket muzzle for when I walk her.  Has anyone else resorted to using a basket muzzle on their cocker.  Any advice would be really appreciated.

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Re: Scavenging
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2021, 09:26:55 AM »
I use a basket muzzle for Branston as he too is a scavenger. I would say he doesn't like it but at least he can run about off lead and do the normal things like smell, drink etc without the constant worry of him picking up something dangerous and eating it.

It's a good thing that Maisie was sick after chewing the gum as it contains xylitol which can be very dangerous for dogs. I got a size 6 for Branston from Vetuk, but lots of pet shops sell them if you want one in a hurry.

https://www.vetuk.co.uk/dog-accessories-dog-muzzles-c-628_810/baskerville-muzzle-for-dogs-p-506

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Re: Scavenging
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2021, 08:20:38 PM »
Thanks a lot for your advice.  She is just obsessed every time I take her out, even though she cannot be let off lead because she is deaf, it's amazing how quickly she can bolt something down if she puts her mind to it.  This is mine and you are not having it comes to mind.   >:D

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Re: Scavenging
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2021, 09:22:56 PM »
Thanks a lot for your advice.  She is just obsessed every time I take her out, even though she cannot be let off lead because she is deaf, it's amazing how quickly she can bolt something down if she puts her mind to it.  This is mine and you are not having it comes to mind.   >:D

Oh yes indeed, they can be very determined and I have had a growl when trying to take things away, even a fantastic  treat is no match for a stolen treasure so to my mind it is better to be safe than sorry and of course Maisie being deaf I imagine it would be very difficult to teach a 'leave it' (Branston is selective deaf!)
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Re: Scavenging
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2021, 09:25:55 PM »
Hi Andrea,    Hope your year has gone well.   She certainly has her little ways. I have seen a couple of cockers wearing the basket type of muzzle.  They were very friendly dogs,  so the muzzles must have been for scavenging.   
Xlytol sweetener in chewing gum should be banned.  Obviously the stuff gets spat out,   My Labrador would try to get it too.  Nightmare.
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Re: Scavenging
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2021, 06:21:01 AM »
 ;) Its a good idea to get them used to a muzzle anyway I think, you never know when when you might  need one in an emergency if they‘re in pain or incase of accident and if they‘re already familiar with it, it takes the stress out of the situation. Our trainer held a short training session to introduce them to the dogs, let them sniff them, take treats out of them and then wear them for a couple of seconds at a time  then gradually increasing. Once on, a short game and more treats and they soon see the muzzle as something positive.  :D

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Re: Scavenging
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2021, 03:31:06 PM »
Hi Andrea

I would certainly try the muzzle, although I think putting it on madam might need a firm hand :D

They are such determined characters, once seen never forgotten.  We used to stay in a hotel with Ollie and on our return visits he would bolt through the sitting area through the bedroom and into the bathroom as the staff left a dog bowl with water in and dog treats above on a shelf.

All best wishes and hope you get Madam Maisie sorted :luv:

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Re: Scavenging
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2021, 07:08:27 PM »
I use treats and break them small enough to be posted through the side gaps of the muzzle once on - once he knew he was not going to left out he was happier  :lol2: Thinner biscuit type treats work best for this, I use Forthglade Training treats and break them down centre line.
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Re: Scavenging
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2021, 06:05:03 AM »
I have ordered the Baskerville muzzle which should arrive today.  I really don't like having to do this because Maisie has such a gentle nature  :luv:  but I am very concerned about the potential danger to her.  Wish me luck. 

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Re: Scavenging
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2021, 07:00:41 AM »
I have ordered the Baskerville muzzle which should arrive today.  I really don't like having to do this because Maisie has such a gentle nature  :luv:  but I am very concerned about the potential danger to her.  Wish me luck.

I‘m sure she‘ll be fine with it once she‘s  used to the idea. Best of luck!  :luv:

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Re: Scavenging
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2022, 10:27:50 PM »
@mudmagnets
How big is Branston, just to give an idea?
I am thinking of getting a Baskerville for Salty, but not sure what size to get
does their size guide work?
https://www.amazon.es/-/pt/dp/B0062N7LK6/ref=sr_1_2?crid=7GHBSL9NL7PN&keywords=baskerville&qid=1641334854&s=pet-supplies&sprefix=baskerville%2Cpets%2C102&sr=1-2&th=1
https://www.vetuk.co.uk/dog-accessories-dog-muzzles-c-628_810/baskerville-muzzle-for-dogs-p-506#&gid=1&pid=3
Salty is muzzle length 8 or 8.5 cm and width 22 or 23 cm
so he doesnt fit the guide for both in any one size.

 

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Re: Scavenging
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2022, 06:44:08 PM »
Branston is the gold dog in the avatar, he weighs approx 13k, he wears a size 6 Baskerville muzzle

Hope that helps.
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Re: Scavenging
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2022, 09:30:50 PM »
@mudmagnets
Thanks for that and sorry for slow reply

Lovely photo!
How long did it take to get them both to sit still at the same time?
If they are very well trained and behaved - please dont tell me  :D

Salty is also 13 kg
I think I'll try a Size 6 as well

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Re: Scavenging
« Reply #13 on: Yesterday at 10:42:54 AM »
hehe! a bit of a mixed bag with the training/behaviour, Branston passed his Gold Good Citizen - no problems  :angel: Minstrel on the other hand did not get past Bronze  :005: Both are reasonably well behaved - just naughty enough to be interesting   ;)

A longish walk and treat held aloft helps in positioning and a good sit/stay.
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