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    Default Why do dogs eat poop?

    Here's an answer to that question -- and a bit about what you can do:

    http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/life...oches-eat-poop

    Note that a survey showed the commercial poop eating-prevention products almost never work nor does running around pouring chili powder or tabasco etc on poop... (maybe your'e just seasoning it nicely, as far as your dog is concerned!!).The only approach that really works -- one that I agree with and have found to be the case myself -- is simply preventing access in the first place by avoiding/immediately cleaning up poop.

    Now for the big question: what should you do if your dog likes to feast on feces? Well, don’t bother with the commercial products. Hart’s survey found that of the 12 commercial anti-copraphagia food additives on the market—For-Bid, Nasty-habit, and Potty Mouth to name a few—none worked in more than 2% of dogs and many didn’t work at all. On the other hand, what could possibly taste worse than poop? Yet, lacing with chili pepper didn’t work either. Nor did using an electronic collar, yelling “leave it!” or trying punishment-based techniques that people tend to use. That’s most likely because the dog still has a desire and may just learn to avoid performing this nasty habit in front of you.

    A more successful, but inconvenient, solution is to just deny access to the delicacy by cleaning it up ASAP. Also, instead of reactively punishing Fido, proactively call him to you before or as soon as you see him heading towards the stinky delicacy. Then reward him for coming when called and staying where you want while you go out and scoop the waste.
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    If you´re going to walk around pouring sauce onto poop, why not just pick it up?

    From a nutrition stand point, animals with simple GI tracts (dogs, humans, pigs...) are pretty ineffecient at getting the nutrients out of food, and also lose the potential protein of digesting gut microbes as they die and are sloughed off as part of their life cycle. Cows, sheep, and goats are much better at these processes(horses and rabbits do ok), so as disgusting as it is, there is still plenty of nutritional value left in poop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soushiruiuma View Post
    If you´re going to walk around pouring sauce onto poop, why not just pick it up?
    Sparky is my poop eater. This morning it was sleeting so they both refused to walk in their first walk (just pee'd). After breakfast, Sparky decided the rug was a nice place to poop and proceeded to eat the evidence.

    This is an ongoing issue with him ... Not the indoor messes, but rather on our walks. They poop on walks, so I always clean up, but Sparky has this habit of doing most of his pooping in one spot and then waddling over to a new spot (while still squatting) and doing one final one there. Then, his strategy is to snack on the last one while I'm busy cleaning up the rest. Most of the time I'm able to prevent it, but he does this regularly. He clearly has a strategy around the whole thing.

    Lucky doesn't do this, but Sparky is a puppy mill rescue and I understand this is pretty common behavior with mill rescues since they are so underfed and need to compete for food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lani View Post
    Sparky is my poop eater. This morning it was sleeting so they both refused to walk in their first walk (just pee'd). After breakfast, Sparky decided the rug was a nice place to poop and proceeded to eat the evidence.

    This is an ongoing issue with him ... Not the indoor messes, but rather on our walks. They poop on walks, so I always clean up, but Sparky has this habit of doing most of his pooping in one spot and then waddling over to a new spot (while still squatting) and doing one final one there. Then, his strategy is to snack on the last one while I'm busy cleaning up the rest. Most of the time I'm able to prevent it, but he does this regularly. He clearly has a strategy around the whole thing.

    Lucky doesn't do this, but Sparky is a puppy mill rescue and I understand this is pretty common behavior with mill rescues since they are so underfed and need to compete for food.
    I think there are 2 issues here:
    First, your dog has clearly out-foxed you on the poop-eating.
    And second, yes, the habit of poop-eating can definitely be picked up when an animal is starving, and those animals do seem more compulsive with the behavior (I've known horses who could not be stopped from eating poop, where management is considerably more difficult).

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    Whether they do it or not...it is still gross.

    Luckily, Remy does not seem interested in eating poop. Callie, on the other hand, is choosy about her poop. She prefers fox, rabbit or horse poop. Still gross...

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    My most persistent adult Cavalier poop Eater was the late Easter. She started eating her own as a puppy. As usual, I left it, thinking that she would grow out of it, but this one did not. When she was older I watched her like a hawk so that I could pick it up as soon as it became available, but she quickly learned to be too quick for me to stop her. I tried all the usual things, but nothing worked. Eventually I gave up trying to stop her eating her own product and concentrated on her new passtime of eating what all the other dogs did. That worked out, but I had to accept that she outfoxed me after expelling her own product.

    She lived an exceptionally healthy and happy life to just over 15, so I don't think it could have done her much harm. Other dogs of mine either haven't acquired the habbit or have been much easier to distract.
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    hi
    my louie used to eat his dog poo when he was a puppy but he grow out of it
    do'nt worry it did'nt harm louie

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