No lie....my dog is eating EVERYTHING!
Just now, he was out of my sight for 2 minutes and he ate a whole bar of soap!
So...here's the story:
Almost two months ago, my Great Dane Norman (turned 1 year old Jan.9), got pneumonia and was in the dog hospital for 3 days...
Two weeks later, he was back in the vet because he was puking for a day and a half...turns out, he was backed up. The vet gave him and anti-inflamatory injection to reduce gut swelling and when we got home he pooped out a pair of my 2 year old daughter's tights!
That's where it all began (about a week before Christmas), since then he has eaten:
a cloth pouch for holding diapers and wipes
...and that's all the stuff that I AM aware of.
Not only is it annoying and extremely aggravating, it means I can't trust him for anything!
Our local dog trainer told me I was going to have to entice him into messing with stuff he wasn't supposed to (peaking in on him when he thinks we aren't there) and get him in trouble...however, that takes a substantial amount of time. He said doing that everyday for two weeks would cure it....again, that's a substantial amount of time.
He wouldn't think of doing any of this in our presence.
He also told us that if we cannot keep an eye on him to kennel him for that time...well, that's not ALWAYS feasible either. For instance, he just had dinner - my wife is bathing our daughter in the tub and I sat down at the computer. He was in here with me. I didn't realize he shortly left the room, and literally in the course of a couple of minutes I recognize he was coming back in the room smacking his lips. I opened his mouth and saw foam and could smell the soap!
The other day we had 'locked' him in our bathroom while gone. It keeps him kept up, but not in the incredibly confined space of his kennel. he has a crib mattress that he lays on. There was a brand new bar of soap my wife had next to her sink, still wrapped in a plastic package. He pulled it off the counter, unwrapped it and chewed all over it, so I threw it away. Tonight, it was this bar of soap he seemingly went straight to the closet to grab out of the trash can and ate it ALL!
since this has become such a big problem, about a week ago, I started intentionally breaking his food into 3 feedings instead of two, hoping that would lower his hunger (obviously hasn't helped: tonight he did it within 10 minutes after eating!)
I also have made sure to play with him hard for about 10-15 minutes before leaving in the morning, play hard with him for about 30 minutes at lunch and another 10-15 minutes in the evening. Being a Dane, he tires pretty quickly. My hope was by exercising him more he would be less likely to act out (not working...yet)
I also felt like maybe, for whatever reason, he was leaving behind some of his training. So, during these play times I also spend sometime on the training measures. He still is doing very well at that stuff.
Lastly, my vet is wondering if through the heavy anti-biotics he was under with the pneumonia if he isn't having some 'gut bacteria' issues causing him to want to eat stuff. So, he suggested adding plane yogurt to his food at every meal for about a week.
I know I did this for about 5 days after the first incidence with the tights.
So...that's a LOT to digest I know. But I NEED help and ideas....