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Q: How do you get your Dog to stop eating snow/ice outside??

January 13, 2009 | By Kristine P. | 9 answers | Expired: 2103 days ago

Kristine P.

2 of my 3 Goldens love to eat the snow, no big deal if it was a small amount. The problem is they won't stop, doesn't matter what I do! Any suggestions?

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kerri c.
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Jan 13, 2009

It's not a problem at all. Its good for them. You might want to put ice cubes in their water every now and then. My dogs love to eat snow and go crazy with ice cubes. I think that they just like the temp.

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Lisa A.
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Jan 13, 2009

maybe they are not drinking enough so they eat the COLD snow to get more water?? Or they eat the snow because its cold and they would like fresh cold water inside rather then room temp water. I don't really see it much as a problem. My dogs eat the snow also.

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Sarah B.
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Jan 13, 2009

My Rottie pup loves to eat snow as well. She plays in the snow & buries her head into it. She ends up w/ snow all over her fur. I never thought it was a negative thing. It gives her exercise to get out & play, dive & generally act a fool in the winter white. She's never thrown up after eating it. Water's good for dogs when they're running around outside playing. I guess unless your snow's dirty, contaminated w/ ice melt salt or something, I wouldn't worry too much. If you dog is throwing up or it's contaminated w/ salt etc, let the dogs play in a certain area that's been shoveled or snowblown good only. Definately stay outside w/ your dogs to supervise. Toss balls, sticks, etc to get them moving & distracted. Best of luck!

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Mcfalls97
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Jan 13, 2009

My dogs love to eat snow too. Of course, since we live in Louisiana it is not a frequent problem. Even if they eat large amounts of the fluffy white stuff, it would only amount to a fairly small portion of water.

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HomePro
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Jan 13, 2009

By redirecting their attention I guess. I don't really know but if the snow is clean, is it really a bad thing?

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Courtney H.
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Jan 13, 2009

Need to be out in the yard with them and redirect with something more exciting.

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Sheena S.
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Jan 13, 2009

I am sorry, this question made me laugh. I know it is a serious problem, but it just sounds funny when you read it. Maybe try some clicker training. Buy a clicker, then 'Click' and give them a treat anytime they STOP eating the snow on their own. Then they will associate not eating the snow with a possitive reinforcement and a yummy treat.

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Lorena C.
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Jan 13, 2009

Are they thirsty or do they just like the snow? As long as it's clean snow i guess its not a huge deal :)

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Sherie  F.
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Jan 13, 2009

May be if not tried yet you could distract them from eating the snow by playing ball with them! Just a suggestion!

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