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Has anyone tried one of these to stop their dog eating rubbish? Any other tips welcomed!

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reup Mon 03-Dec-18 11:26:02

My cocker spaniel is food crazy and scavenges rubbish while out on walk- dropped food (we live near town centre with lots of chicken shops and convenience stores) tissues, packaging, any sort of poo etc etc. He is so quick on the lead and when in bushes etc he gets things I can’t see.

I was thinking of getting a muzzle to stop this but when we tried a gentle leader to stop him pulling he refused to walk at all or even leave the house.

He has managed to get away with no nasty effects but he’s ill at the moment and we are waiting for him to have X-rays and blood tests. It may be nothing to do with this but I started looking at muzzles etc online and saw this which looks really freaky but wondered if anyone had tried it.

It’s American and expensive but I have a relative there who is coming over soon so it’s doable without the huge shipping charges.

Any other tips would be much appreciated. Thanks

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BiteyShark Mon 03-Dec-18 11:54:18

Sorry can't help with the actual problem but this made me laugh as my cocker refuses point blank to walk if you put anything like a coat on him grin

I was thinking of getting a muzzle to stop this but when we tried a gentle leader to stop him pulling he refused to walk at all or even leave the house.

thefirstmrsdewinter Mon 03-Dec-18 12:07:46

I know someone whose Maltese ate rocks and she used this sort of thing on him (she called it a snood - ?). Worked a treat as I recall, though a cocker and food might be harder to keep separate. smile I guess it might slow him down.
Should be pretty simple to make something like that though? Isn't it like a pillowcase made of fine mesh? It reminds me of a lingerie washing bag.

LIVIA999 Mon 03-Dec-18 12:48:18

My mum used to carry a jar of Tabasco sauce to sprinkle on food and cow pats that her dog tried to eat.
That's of no help to you probably but I often wondered if local people watched her seasoning cow pats for her dog.
To be fair the dog no longer eats cow pats or abandoned food.

LIVIA999 Mon 03-Dec-18 12:49:10

I should have pointed out she put Tabasco on so her dog wouldn't eat it not because she wanted it to eat spicier cow pats

Hoppinggreen Mon 03-Dec-18 12:51:48

My dog really wouldn’t like wearing that and even with lots of training I can’t see most dogs tolerating it

tabulahrasa Mon 03-Dec-18 13:07:48

Um... my dog wears a head collar and a muzzle and there’s no way he’d tolerate that without a hell of a lot of training... and I’m not sure how I’d go about that as he’d not be able to eat with it on...

BiteyShark Mon 03-Dec-18 13:11:49

I suspect my dog would rub his face and head along the pavement to get it off him grin.

Is there any reason why you aren't looking at a simple Baskerville muzzle OP?

Wolfiefan Mon 03-Dec-18 13:15:05

That’ll end up filthy, ripped and many dogs would freak out at having their eyes covered like that.

Queenofthedrivensnow Mon 03-Dec-18 13:16:59

Omg I'm crying. This is genius but totally simple

Wolfiefan Mon 03-Dec-18 13:19:50

Won’t be so genius when the dog tries to eat poo through it. grin

tabulahrasa Mon 03-Dec-18 13:22:22

Oh, foxtail’s a grass... I was very confused by the embedded foxtail injuries tbh, rofl

Nesssie Mon 03-Dec-18 13:22:43

I’d recommend a Baskerville muzzle, basket style. Stills allows the dog to pant and drink but won’t cover the eyes and will be less annoying than that bag.

You need to start muzzle training very slowly, so the dog gets use to the muzzle.

Wolfiefan Mon 03-Dec-18 13:32:00

Mine will happily wear a Baskerville muzzle. She wears a dogmatic when lead walking so I think it feels similar.
(Only muzzled to stop her chewing her feet when she gets itchy. Until the treatment works!)

tabulahrasa Mon 03-Dec-18 13:35:54

Does the dogmatic fit under the muzzle?

I’ve never been able to work out if they would and they’re not cheap enough to buy and then see...

Wolfiefan Mon 03-Dec-18 13:42:07

Hang on and I will wake her up and see for you!!

tabulahrasa Mon 03-Dec-18 13:45:12

Oh no, she can sleep - it’s not urgent, I just wondered

Whisky2014 Mon 03-Dec-18 13:45:55

You got a cocker spaniel. Thats what they are meant to do!


I have one too and has eaten horrific things. She is 13 now and still going strong.

Wolfiefan Mon 03-Dec-18 13:50:04

She would win a gold medal in sleeping so you’d be waiting a long time!! grin
The muzzle goes on over the dogmatic ok but I’m pretty sure the muzzle would interfere with the action of the dogmatic. Hopefully pics will attach this time @tabulahrasa

Wolfiefan Mon 03-Dec-18 13:50:36


tabulahrasa Mon 03-Dec-18 13:52:58

Aye it was the bottom bit that I kind of thought wouldn’t really fit.

It’s the ultra he wears because he has a short fat face rather than pointy, and it’s the biggest size already.

Ah well, good to know smile

Wolfiefan Mon 03-Dec-18 13:55:10

It kind of does fit but I don’t think the dogmatic would work quite as well. And I need the control!

shapeshifter88 Mon 03-Dec-18 14:00:28

we use the "proguard softie muzzle."
took about a week for him to stop lying down in a huff refusing to walk with it on.. but he's got over it now and it's a life saver. thing things I've had to fish out of his mouth over the last year envy

tabulahrasa Mon 03-Dec-18 14:12:09

proguard softie muzzle

Those muzzles are not designed for exercising, they’re for short term use, like vet’s visits or grooming. Where they won’t need to fully open their mouths.

shapeshifter88 Mon 03-Dec-18 15:07:54

he wears it walking the streets and then it comes off when we are in a park for running around (although it says find for play and exercising on the instructions). he can however pant/drink /bark etc in it too so there are no issues with it causing any level of restriction

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