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Category: Training For Dog Trainers | Author: admin 25.11.2013
Although dogs and humans are classified as omnivores (both plant and meat eaters), there is no mammal on earth born with the enzymes to digest plant material.  The enzyme cellulase is found in gut bacteria that breaks down plant cell walls. Having said this, people often contact me in great perplexity, telling me their dog is eating other animals’ poop, or worse, their very own! One possibility is that your dog lacks some essential nutrients in their diet, or is unable to effectively digest what they are fed. The other possibility to consider is that it is a ‘displacement’ behaviour elicited by anxiety, boredom or possibly even attention seeking. Improve your dog’s diet.  There is a lot of information about canine nutrition, so ensure that your dog’s diet is in the best interests of their long term health.
Increase the mental exercise routine.  Feed your dog their daily meals in a Kong or similar food dispensing toy. If you find your dog continues the coprophagic behaviour, please consult your trusted veterinarian. We encourage you to read any of these popular articles below or search our extensive pet health library. With over 600 hospitals and 1,800 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, we strive to give your pet the very best in medical care. Whilst most people tolerate their dog finding other animals’ poop palatable, when it comes to a dog eating their own; owners become understandably concerned. Reconsider their diet and observe their faeces when you can, as a dog’s poop can reveal a lot about their health.


Find the pattern when your dog defecates and pick it up immediately if you can, A good training trick in combination with this, is to call your dog to you straight after they have defecated, cue them to sit and give them a yummy treat.
An expert in behaviour modification of aggressive dogs in particular, Laura has successfully helped countless owners and their dogs across the world.
When dogs are close family members, the idea of cuddling up on the couch with your best friend who has just ingested their own faeces can really put a strain on the relationship!
Laura's philosophy is based on cooperation where dogs and their humans develop a relationship built on mutual trust and respect. Since coprophagia may attract a great deal of owner attention, the behavior may be further reinforced.
In adult dogs the innate behavior of grooming and cleaning newborn puppies and eating their excrement, along with the well documented fact that dogs tend to be attracted to infections or discharges of their pack-mates, which they will sniff and lick, may explain some of the motivation for coprophagia. Early intervention can help reduce the possibility that the behavior will become a long-term habit. The owner that uses the outmoded, inhumane and useless training technique of "sticking the dog's nose" in its stool when it has soiled the home, may be further encouraging coprophagia.
At the first indication of any stool sniffing or investigation the dog should be interrupted with a firm command, remote punishment device or a quick pull on the leash (this is particularly effective for dogs wearing head halters). If the dog is taught to come to the owners and sit for a special food treat immediately following elimination, the new behavior may become a permanent habit.
Remote punishment and disruption devices may also be useful in that they can interrupt the dog as it approaches the stool without any direct association with the owner.


A remote spray collar may therefore be effective if the owner supervises the dog from a distance (or by watching through a window to the backyard) and immediately and consistently interrupts the dog every time it begins to mouth stools.
Some dogs may be improved by adding enzyme supplements to improve nutrient digestion or absorption. Specifically, digestive enzymes in the form of meat tenderizers or food additives may help increase protein digestion, resulting in a less palatable stool.
When adding some of these items to dry dog food, it may be necessary to moisten the food first and allow the product to sit on the food for 10 - 15 minutes to increase effectiveness. Unpleasant tastes are unlikely to be successful unless the product is suitably noxious as well as odorless (so that the pet cannot detect its presence in the stool). To use a taste aversive deterrent, while the dog is out of sight, open up the stool with a disposable plastic utensil, insert the taste deterrent into the center, then close the stool and replace it for the dog to find.
Most dogs however, either develop a tolerance to the taste, or learn to avoid those stools that are pretreated. Experimentally, the only form of taste aversion that is consistently effective is something that becomes associated with nauseousness.
Since most dogs seem to prefer a well-formed stool, adding sufficient quantities of stool softeners or bulk laxatives will usually deter most dogs.



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