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dog rolling on snails

melanie
July 29th, 2004, 01:36 AM
hi all,
mums new man max is about 5mth old now, he is shizu X. now recently he was eating lots of snails, he has stoped eating so many but he still loves the snails. now he is picking them up, throwing them in the air, waiting for the shell to crack and then he rolls his face on the squished snail, we are talking at least 10 per day, mums garden is full of snails. his hair around his face is becoming stinky (even with plenty of baths) and very sticky and stiff. any ideas of how to perhaps kurb his delight with these little creatures?? (mum refuses to kill the snails, understandable but makes it harder). any ideas appreciated, i cant think of any myself, thanks lovelies

moontamara
July 29th, 2004, 04:38 AM
I'm not sure you'll get much help here as I don't think snails are very common in Canadian gardens! Are you the one from Australia? It must be annoying, but you have to admit that it's a pretty amusing problem, eh? :eek:

glasslass
July 29th, 2004, 09:39 AM
Snails aren't common in Canada? :eek: Oh, how lucky you guys are! In Calif., they're rampant! A real problem if you have a nice garden. They can decimate bedding plants overnight. I would seriously discourage my dog if he was eating snails. I use snail bait that is safe for dogs, but you never know what your neighbor is using. You don't want him to be on someone else's property and get poisoned snails. Don't know what the answer is though to stop the rubbing. My first thought was to get rid of the snails, but if your mom won't . . . ?? :confused:

glasslass
July 29th, 2004, 09:42 AM
I understand that snails weren't native here. An Italian brought some over in order to enjoy his favorite dish and some escaped. :mad:

Sunkist/Winnie
July 29th, 2004, 01:59 PM
Snails are very common in Nova Scotia, especially this year as we've had a really wet summer. Nothing as gross as stepping outside in your backyard and feeling a slimy squish under your feet!

I'm not sure how to keep the dog away from the snails...if your Mom doesn't want to kill them maybe she'll be willing to re-locate them? It'd be a on-going task. My step-daughter in constantly picking up the slimers and taking them to the back of the propoerty - for some reason she finds this fun?

You can get snail bait that will kill them and not harm animals. They eat the bait and crawl away and die...no need to pick up the dead bodies.

Sorry couldn't be of more help.

glasslass
July 29th, 2004, 02:36 PM
Before I discovered a safe bait, I used to hunt them at night, put them in a closed bucket, and take them to a man-made lake a mile away to feed them to the ducks!

Lucky Rescue
July 29th, 2004, 03:32 PM
Snails are very common in Canada, although not in the cities. With all damp rainy weather, I even have them crawling up my doors.:p

Since escargot are an expensive delicacy in restaurants, I guess your dog is just a gourmand Melanie!! :D

One way of getting rid of the snails is to set out pans of beer at night. The snails will crawl in and won't be able to get out.

Or you can put out some nice California Chardonnay, and let your dog have a REAL feast!

glasslass
July 29th, 2004, 05:04 PM
Naw, been there, done that! Dog drinks the beer and the pan get really yucky! :D Haven't wanted to waste the Chardonnay!

melanie
July 29th, 2004, 06:13 PM
moontamara lovely, yes i am the one from down under :D . snails are native here and mum has millions. mum is not in the best shape physically and so collection is no good, also she has so many it wouldnt work. poision, well again so many doubt it would work, she is thinking about beer traps, but like she said max would just get drunk. :D
the only thing i can think of is to say no and remove the snails fast before he throws them, then do it so often he may get the drift or show him the snails and say no (this worked with a dead snake for me in the past). will try this, and perhaps think of a new design for beer traps (or could do it after max's last toilet break at night and in before he gets out there in the morn). well thank you lovely bunnies, will go and see the crazy mutt on monday so i will try and come up with something by then. again thank you alll for your ideas, have a lovely day one and all :D

moontamara
July 29th, 2004, 07:35 PM
Melanie, I guess that explains why we were both posting while most of the rest were sleeping (I'm currently in Korea)! I just read some of your posts, and you are quite a character!!! Glad to have, uhh, met you (if we can call it that!)

So some of you in Canada have snails in your gardens? Do you mean what we used to call slugs (snails without shells)? In my hometown in NW Ontario there were snails, but they were in the lakes!!!

Lucky Rescue
July 29th, 2004, 08:28 PM
Nope, we mean snails with shells! Garden snails are only seen when it's very damp out, or at night. They love to eat my Hostas. :mad:

They look like this!
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/misc/gastro/brown_garden_snail03.jpg

glasslass
July 29th, 2004, 08:41 PM
:eek: :eek: Ewwwww! Porn Pix! :eek: :eek:

moontamara
July 29th, 2004, 09:23 PM
learn something new every day!

chico2
July 29th, 2004, 10:18 PM
Slugs and slugs and more slugs eating my Hostas and other plants,I don't have anything as fancy as snails,if we did my hubby from France would have a feast,he eats all kinds of weird things :D

Luba
July 31st, 2004, 02:26 PM
Snails all over the place, remember I told u guys I caught them sucking on Sadie's poop! :eek:

Bill & Bob
July 31st, 2004, 02:32 PM
Yeesh, I do remember that. Very gross. We've got huge slugs out here in BC. Bob seems to find them pretty intriguing, and gives them a good sniff when we come across them. He gave them a lick when I first got him, but I don't think they are very appealing because now he just squishes them with his paw if I don't catch him first. Bad Bob.

sammiec
July 31st, 2004, 02:41 PM
When I was very little I used to collect snails. When I think about it now, it's so gross!!! I would get a small pail and fill it with some grass, a little dirt and some water; then I would spend the better part of a day plucking the little devils from the ground and shove them all in the pail. I would have it nearly FULL, and always seemed to get called in side for lunch or dinner right then. I would put the pail in the garage and forget about it. Then few days later go out and see them.. but they would ALL be gone... I would yell at my mom for taking my "pets" away and then go out for another day of "hunting" snails... kids are so cruel!!! I did it to poor little toads and frogs too, but those buckets, I was "smart" enough to put a lid on... poor poor frogs... :(