My dog won't stop eating poop!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

My friend would put hot sauce over the poop. Her dog stopped eating it right away after a mouthful of ouch.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Dogs sometimes eat their own poop if they have a nutritional deficiency.

 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

lurkingvee :  3 of my 4 eat their own poop on a regular basis if I don’t pick it up ASAP. I’ve tried all the different methods, too. I’ve also heard they may have done that in puppyhood if they didn’t get enough to eat. Who knows. They ARE animals and animals are kinda gross sometimes.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

It could be health or behavioral. Unfortunately, supposedly the “reward” sensation they get from eating it fuels them to keep eating it. It’s a difficult habit to break. I have a dog that does it sometimes, so I have to take her out on a leash to go potty so she doesn’t munch poops. I have 3 dogs, so this is just the easiest for me. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

My boy is 10 & he still does it. I have him on a leash bc he’s blind but he still manages to sniff out & eat a bite of poop at least once per day. It’s awful!!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

lurkingvee :  When I had my dog, she did this for a while.  I switched her dog food and she stopped so I think in her case she wasn’t getting enough nutrition from her previous food.  Either that or she was full enough that she didn’t feel like she needed to eat the poop.

In your dog’s case, it does sound more behavioral because she does it looking for attention, similar to what a child would do.  Getting negative attention from you is still attention.

I’m not sure how to change this behavior if you’re not catching her in the act.  Maybe you’ll just have to be more diligent in picking her poop up so she doesn’t get the opportunity to eat it.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Has she had bloodwork to check for nutritional deficiencies? 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Talk to your vet about it. There could be many reasons for it. Was she the runt of the litter? My dog does it. I think it’s a housekeeping thing with him because it started when I moved from an apt to a house with a fenced in backyard. He was used to me picking up his poop everytime so when I didn’t he started “picking it up”. It’s awful. The only solution I’ve come up with is taking him out on a leash everytime he does outside which is a big inconvenience and kinda defeats the purpose of having a fenced in backyard. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

lurkingvee :  I know you don’t want to take the freedom from her, but until you can trust her, I would take her out yourself every single time and pick up her poop and spend more time with her one on one.  It sounds more behavorial if she’s doing it every time you’re ignoring her (not on purpose).  I would also call your vet and see if there is something they can do, such as checking her food and seeing if it’s enough nutrition for her.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I don’t know how useful this information will be, but my Grandmother had a cat that liked to eat its own poop. I love my late Grandmother, but I can honestly say she was a crazy cat lady. Widow, lived alone, about 30 cats…anyways…

Turns out this particular cat had OCD. Being surrounded by so many other cats (and fighting for my Grandmothers attention) brought out that weird behaviour. Mood disorders are more common than you’d think in animals. Is it possible your dog has something like that? May be worth asking the vet about it.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Try giving her pineapple. There is something about the enzymes in it, that when digested aren’t appetizing to the dog. It worked with my dog, but when I’m not diligent about he goes back to eating it.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

My guy did it while we were trying to get a food that agreed with him,  we took him to the vet for bloodwork to rule out nutrient deficiency and he was fine, we always gave him expensive food but I think the one had too much fibre so he wasn’t digesting enough of it and he poop still had good qualities he liked, we switched to a lower fibre food and he hasn’t eaten his poop since.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I have three dogs, two of which seem to be dedicated poop eaters. I spoke to my vet about it, and he said that some dogs just seem to have a taste for it for whatever reason. After running blood tests to rule out nutritional deficiency, he suggested adding pineapple to their diets. It worked well for us.

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