Dog Poop Eating
What's for desert!
Dog Poop Eating,has to be one of the most unpleasant things we loving pet
owners can witness in our beloved little dog. Small dog breeds are usually given the best food money can buy, we provide them with five star accommodation, we treat them like Royalty, and then they go and behave like
Coprophagia has a few varieties, which may help you
identify the specific behavior of your dog.
Auto-coprophagia is the eating of their own faeces.
When they eat
other dogs' poop it's intraspecific-coprophagia
and eating the faeces of other animals
(other than dogs) interspecific-coprophagia.
As unpleasant as all this sounds, it may help you to cure the problem more
easily. If your little pooch appreciates your cat's extrement, then that
would be an easy one... lift the cat's litter tray out
of harms way.
When your dog eats other dogs' poop it may just be an
unacceptable habit picked up from watching other dogs or possibly a sign of
submission to a more dominant dog.
Whatever your dog digests may simply be tasty enough to
enjoy as an after dinner snack! Dog Food Manufacturers add special flavorants to
food to make it more appealing and the food may not be fully digested in it's
It would appear though that even the most well-fed dog, can still submit to this Dog Poop Eating habit.
It is unlikely
that this behavior is medical, but not impossible. Most dogs
grow out of this (Dog Poop Eating) phase with a little bit of help.
Pick up the poop as soon as possible. If it is not
there, it can't be eaten. This is generally a good idea
Feed your dog correctly with a well-balanced diet. There is
a possible link between Dog Poop Eating to a high fat diet, increase the fibre in your dog's
Change his diet, as he may not be getting sufficient nutrients
from his existing diet.
Spray any poop with a distasteful substance. Something really
spicy works. Make sure it is not poisonous, just in case your
dog decides it is still irresistible. Your vet can provide an
additive which makes their faeces unpleasant tasting.
Do not yell at the dog (even when you catch him in the act) this
is attention, and your dog will thrive on that. Ignore your dog
whenever his behavior is unacceptable.
Ensure your dog has been de-wormed.
Your dog may be nervous or anxious, this behavior problem will
increase his stress levels and Coprophagia is associated with
Dog Separation Anxiety is one huge stress for many types of
Puppy eating poop, may just be copying its mother, who naturally
eats her puppies' poop in the early whelping stages. Keeping
your puppy occupied and exercised will help.
Boredom is associated with Dog Poop Eating habits. Give your dog,
toys, love and lots of exercise and play time.
Don't give your dog just one meal a day, break up his meals, so
they are more fully digested and he is not left hungry for part of
You may have to re-inforce the
Basic Dog Training. Say the Come Command firmly when you
see your pooch approach his poop. Do not shout or run after
him, as that will be a fun game and reinforce the bad behavior.
All types of dogs are prone to to eating cat poop, as the cat
food is different to theirs. Keep your cat's litter in a place
your precious angel can't get to.
The primary health concern here is infection from hepatitis, and canine
parvovirus which is transmitted in cat faeces.
Pancreatic insufficiency and Pancreatitis are possible medical conditions
which would cause on-going Dog Poop eating. Usually though there will be other
symptoms, which will identify an underlying medical problem.
Other Information on Dog Behavior:
Dog Training - Education is Key
Potty Training - Your first Gift to your Dog
Behavior Training - Dogs will be Dogs
- Pleased to meet You!
- Training ABC
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