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According to the ASPCA, the motivations your dog may have for eating its own feces include perfectly natural doggie instincts, but may also indicate some form of malnourishment. In a state of nature, dog parents would often eat the feces of their young to keep their nest clean and prevent predators from being alerted by the smell. Another reason may be that in the absence of food, dogs ate their poop for the minimal nutritional value it offered. While you may never have tried to kill time by eating out of the toilet, your dog doesn’t have a smartphone or an Xbox to keep herself busy.
If the dog has been rebuked for pooping in specific places, then they may conclude that it is necessary to dispose of the evidence.


Copraphagy in dogs is possibly a evolutionary remnant from their scavenging days as more wolf-like kinds of canines.
When left unsupervised, puppies may simply begin to investigate, play with, and even eat stools as a play, investigative or scavenging behavior. 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. 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).
Some dogs may be improved by adding enzyme supplements to improve nutrient digestion or absorption.


Most dogs however, either develop a tolerance to the taste, or learn to avoid those stools that are pretreated. 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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