|Barked: Sun Dec 27, '09 11:00am PST |
|Eating rabbit poop is way too self rewarding. It's a game of look on the ground til you find yummy treats. Even worse, it is randomly reinforceing so is harder to make stop.
To train your dog not to eat the poop you would have to go out with your dog ever time he goes out, and click and treat (a treat that means more to your dog than the yummy rabbit poop)for every time you see rabbit poop. You will click and treat for your dog looking at but not eating the poop. You would then click and treat for your dog not looking at the poop. You would then click and treat for you going away a ways while your dog ignores rabbit poop and so on. With a lot of work, you might get your dog to leave the rabbit poop alone, but you would need to work on this regularly, well past the time that the poop holds no interest for your dog.
An easier solution is to get some rabbit repellent at a garden store. if your yard isn't too large, run chicken wire around the edges. bury the bottom 5 inches of the chicken wire into the ground. The fence will keep rabbits out of your vegetable garden and out of your yard.
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