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Why my dog is eating poop?

asked 2018-10-29 10:58:00 -0500

From few weeks I am noticing that my dog is eating the poop of other animals whenever I take him to the walk. I tried a lot to stop him but he doesn't. I am very upset with this behavior. What to do?

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Being Ferm and stopping the dog every time they eat poop will help another way is getting a fox tail mask https://www.outfoxfordogs.com this is a mesh mask that goes over there head to protect from anything getting on there face but serves for this purpose to. if you have a mussel that works as well

Natalie W.'s profile imageNatalie W. ( 2018-10-30 03:23:29 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-10-29 11:55:12 -0500

Dogs can eat poop (coprophagy), for an attention-getting behavior from the owner. Anxiety, stress, frustration, and boredom can be another cause. Also, a dog may eat poop to imitate the owner picking up feces. It can also be something is missing in their diet. Rule out a medical cause for poop eating with a checkup from a veterinarian.

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There is a product called Forbid that is sprinkle over their food. This helps stop the behavior. You can purchase it at most clinics or Amazon. We've used the product but in order for it to work optimally, you put it on all your animals food. We have 3 dogs and a cat we use it for.

Vicki H.'s profile imageVicki H. ( 2018-10-29 20:27:26 -0500 )edit
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answered 2018-11-15 03:22:02 -0500

When we first got our Sheltie puppy we kept her in the house and she used "potty pads". If we didn't pick up the poop right away (or we were not home) she would eat it. Once we trained her to potty outside (in the grass) the eating stopped. I think she ate the poop that was in the house because she wanted to keep the area she lived in clean.

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answered 2018-12-06 13:36:06 -0500

We have this problem too, I've tried the hot sauce ( on the poop) and she thought it was even yummier. papaya pills ( read it somewhere) and it didn't work. I just have to go out with her everytime and pick it up as soon as she's done. Doing this when she was a puppy stopped it for months, but after we boarded her at 11 months it started again so I'm assuming they did not pick up her poop in a timely manner, never went there again. Other things I've heard are meat tenderizer with papain on their food, it's hard to find, most meat tenderizers have another ingredient plus I have no idea if this is good for your dog. Plus there are edibles you can buy like Solid Gold SEP, ONP and Eliminate Potty Mouth, someone else mentioned Forbid. The reviews are spotty on all of them so I haven't tried any of them. Luckily they say coprophagy is not bad for your dog like it would be for humans, it's just gross for us.

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answered 2018-12-06 14:36:35 -0500

I have a poo eatting bandit in my house. He was a rescue off the streets & although still working on potty training he uses outdoors majority of the time. (Jack Russell/ Pug mix) If he does go poo indoors, hes smart enough to know that hes not supposed to & tries to hide evidence. Tis the season of pumpkin. I bought a few cans & would spoon feed a couple of tablespoons at each meal. It seemed to deter him from wanting to eat his own. I guess the pumpkin tastes good but makes the poo taste like.. well crap!

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answered 2018-11-02 15:16:00 -0500

There's a great episode of Victoria Stilwell's show ITS ME OR THE DOG where she helps a family that has five pugs that won't stop eating each other's poop. It's available to stream on Amazon prime.

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Oh! I have to see that!!! Thanks for the tip

Jamie G.'s profile imageJamie G. ( 2018-11-05 14:49:53 -0500 )edit
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answered 2018-11-02 07:47:42 -0500

We have a 5 month old lab/shepherd mix who had stopped - and now just started this behavior as well (eating his own - not other dogs). I think my Dad is the ultimate accidental cause of this; he goes outside to stop him from doing it which actually causes him to do it. I read that feeding him a bit of pineapple (not a lot, and not everyday due to the high acidity) would get them to stop doing it. Sounds better than dousing his poop in hot sauce (?!?). <---A suggestion I've heard many times but refuse to do.

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answered 2018-11-07 04:44:33 -0500

Make sure they use mouthwash post poo 💩 eating

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