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Q. Our dog eats paper and clothes. He ate my checkbook, money and disability parking pass. Do you have a muzzle you would suggest?
I have a cocker poo that we love dearly (weights 28 lbs) that eats paper and clothes. We have tried everything-behavior training, lemon juice, etc. If you leave something down for a second he is off and running. I use a walker so it is difficult to get to him. He is also bad when he goes with his dog walker trying to grab paper in the street etc. I even had a nutritional study done but he was fine. I am terrified that he will get ill. Recently a friend left her denim jacket on the couch for a moment and he got it and at the entire front panel. We are wondering if one of your muzzles would help. I would use it when company came and if we had to do paper work in the house-stuff like that. He also ate our checkbook, money and my disability parking pass.
Do you have a muzzle that you could suggest?
Thank You

A. A muzzle would prevent him from eating foreign items but it won’t address the underlying issue. Have you had a vet do a thorough physical? Many times pica (eating of non food items) is the sign of an underlying medical issue.

I would also use a crate or exercise pen to keep him confined when you can’t supervise him 100%. If this was my dog, he’d be on leash at all times or safely confined to a crate.

As for muzzles, we would first need your dog’s measurements to suggest a model and size. We have directions on how to measure the dog for a muzzle.

Cindy Rhodes
  
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