We adopted a golden retriever mix at 4 months old - she's 6 months now. We live on a farm and she gets long runs 2-3 times a day, plus daily 1-2 hour playdates with my mom's weimaraner. She is crated only when someone is not home, which isn't that much. She is a shoe eater and we've given her toys and bones like you wouldn't believe. She also eats the plaster off the walls (in a pretty big way, in 3 different rooms), and tries to eat (not lick - EAT) dishes, firewood, metal, coal, and furniture. But the very worst is the poo. Our chickens are free-range; she devours their poo. She goes to the barn and digs up every crumb of cat poo she can find. She eats deer poo on her walks. She eats horse poo at my mom's. I would bet she eats more poo than she does dogfood. We give her Iams puppy food and she appears to be beautifully healthy, gaining weight nicely. She comes in and tries to lick the kids with her disgusting poo lips. I think I've gotten to where I'm really freaking out on her, because even my 4-year-old tells me to relax. She knows she isn't supposed to do it - she is really sneaky about it, and when she's caught she takes off in the other direction. She also will sneak a shoe and devour it when we're close by, or sneak around the corner and dine on some tasty plaster walls.
This has been going on for 2 months with hardly any change in behavior, despite all of our redirection and substituting. I have turned into a crazy yelling person over this - not good. I have had several dogs from puppyhood and I've never seen anything like this.
Please give me some advice! I'm going nuts!