I am a Dog Mom of puppies Austin(Golden Retriever) and Choco(Pug) and love to share their stories, images, puppy training and behavior tips.
Poop Eating, also known as Coprophagia, is a largely behavioral issue, but can also be due to medical causes. Whatever the reason behind your dog's poop eating habit, you are going to curb your dog's behavior. So, it is important to consult your Vet to rule out any underlying medical problems such as intestinal parasites, Throid disease, Diabetes, Cushing's disease, dementia, brain diseases, etc. Once your dog gets a clean bill of health, you can easily get rid of your dog's poop eating habit using the following tips:
Parasites can suck the nutrients out of your dog's body and is very common. So, a fecal test by vet should be one of the initial steps in eliminating stool eating.
Train your Dog
It is important for your dog to learn that poop eating is unacceptable and hence training can make it much easier. Training techniques such as Potty Training, Training your dog the 'Leave It' command and 'To Come' when called are also helpful in keeping your dog from eating stool. These commands will prove to be very effective to keep them back when they go in for the 'Poop Snack'.
Restrict Access to Poop
The simplest tip is to keep your dog away from access to poop.
- Keep your home and yard clean and poop-free. Don't let your dogs out in the yard until you have done a poop patrol.
- When you are walking outside, use a short leash( around 4 feet long) to better control your dog's access to poop and use poop bags to quickly remove poop as soon as it comes out.
- You can use basket muzzle to prevent your dog from eating ant non-food item during walks.
A good way to facilitate this is to reward them with an actual treat whenever they make poop. The dog will develop a habit to run to you for a tasty treat instead of reaching for poop.
High quality, nutritionally balanced diets provide all the nutrients your dog needs to thrive. If poop eating is because of dietary deficiencies, this must be the most effective method to solve the problem. Dog supplements like Dog Multivitamin, Enzyme Supplements, etc. can be added to their diet after Vet's recommendation.
Exercise and Stimulation
It is important that your dog is getting an appropriate amount of exercise including running and long walks. Make sure that you are providing your dog with plenty of playtime to prevent boredom, stress and separation anxiety.
Make Poop Unappealing
Your dog eats poop, may be, because he likes the way poop smells and tastes. So another method to prevent coprophagia is to add something to your dog's diet that makes the stool tastes bad to them. Add meat tenderizer, canned pumpkin or another deterrent to his food, these items taste good to eat but make the poop taste terrible to dogs.