How can you stop your dog from eating plastic and chocolate?

My brother isn't a very neat person, actually, and leaves things everywhere. We constantly try to remember him that Coco is in the house and he sometimes doesn't remember. Coco eats EVERYTHING. Including chocolate and plastic, and she eats it and seems to be fine, but I can't help but to worry that if she eats too much, she'll end up getting sick and/or dying. Coco has eaten plastic and chocolate in the past, but I'm afraid. You think this would be an easy answer, but it isn't because no matter where you try to hide it, she finds it, and eats it.

Coco and Jane

Asked by Coco on Nov 19th 2008 Tagged food, chocolate, plastic in Other Food & Nutrition
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You need to stop giving her full access to places when you can't supervise her. Dogs can be mischievous, and this is what she is doing. If you can't control what your brother is going to do with his things, then you need to control where your dog goes so that she isn't exposed to these things. It is very dangerous for her to be eating those items - chocolate is deadly to dogs, and plastic can be JUST as harmful as it can cause blockages. You will need to discuss with your brother (or parents if they are living with you) and make sure that your brother is aware of the deadly affects these items can have on your dog. Even if she is your dog, everyone in the home needs to take SOME part in helping care for her. Your brother's part can be tidying up so that she isn't able to get into things. Please message me if you have any other questions. Best of luck.

Sergeant answered on 11/19/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Yeah, you need to put some rooms off-limits or either put up a puppy-gate. Chocolate and plastic can cause a lot of problems with your dog and can even kill it. We have a puppy-gate for Cocoa and she can't get over it. Try a puppy-gate. Hope this helps!

Cocoa answered on 11/19/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer



If you cannot physically supervise Coco - "physically" meaning that you are in the same room as her - then you need to put her somewhere where she cannot get herself into any trouble while she is unsupervised, such as a crate, exercise pen, or a gated off room that has nothing in it she can get at.

Abby answered on 11/19/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Peaches ♥

Chocolate is addictive to dogs. Anytime she finds it, she'll eat it. You will HAVE to make sure it's out of her reach. If he loves Coco, ask him how he'd feel if she got sick or died because of something HE left out.

Work with Coco to teach her the "leave it" command so if she goes for something when you're there and she shouldn't have it, then you can make her leave it alone.

Peaches ♥ answered on 11/19/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


You have got to make sure that she is not unsupervised in areas where she may get into chocolate/plastic. Teaching her the "leave it" or "drop it" commands would also be beneficial. If you cannot train her to leave things alone, then you should invest in either a crate or baby gates to keep her in a safe area and away from things that she could get into.

Scout answered on 11/21/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I agree. Limit the areas where she can go, when you cant be there to watch her. Chocolate is toxic to dogs, depending on their size, depends on how much they have to eat to actually hurt them, but its not good in any event. And plastic can choke her, or block her intestines, and then you have a real problem. There is a whole list of things that are toxic to animals besides the things you mentioned. You can download a copy of it here, its good to keep around.

In any event, if your brother can not remember to keep stuff out of reach, and lets the dog into that area, just dont allow that stuff in your home when you are not there. I dont know how old your brother is, but if the dog cant be contained, then there should be limits on what your brother can or can not have, until he learns to pick the stuff up. Its not worth your pets health. Good luck.

Ace answered on 11/29/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer