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Discouraging dogs from eating things off the ground is very difficult because it is so self-rewarding. The best course of action is to teach a rock solid "leave it" with super yummy treats like deli meat, hot dogs, or cheese. Start in your house without anything to difficult to 'leave", and then slowly up the difficulty.

While you are training a leave it cue, you may want to have your dog wear a basket muzzle while out and about so he cannot get ahold of garbage on the ground and self-reward. You can look up the "muzzle up" project to teach your dog to enjoy a muzzle. A combination of preventing the undesirable behavior and training will hopefully help you reach the desired outcome.
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