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No one knows for sure why some dogs begin to sample their own droppings or relish sampling the feces of other species.
You can also booby-trap a pet's feces by dabbing unpleasant additives like lemon juice and hot sauce on the poop. Cat feces probably attracts dogs because cat food is higher in protein and fat than dog food, and consequently cat feces is, too.
You can often pique a dog’s interest in a specific toy by taking it out, playing with it excitedly by yourself, then putting it away again.
There are some well-accepted behavioral explanations for dogs eating their own stool — not that I know of any research to back them up.
Many people muzzle their dogs to prevent poop-eating, but the commonest result is simply a muzzle stained with droppings, which is more than you wanted. Your dog may have been put on a diet and he is hungry so he is resorting to eating his own feces in an attempt to feel more full. I had a dog with bladder stones and he was on a very specific diet that regulated the PH or his urine, so adding pumpkin or pineapple to his food would have meant a certain change in his urinary PH and would have caused him to need another several thousand dollar bladder stone removal.
There is nothing dangerous about picking up after your dog ASAP and it keeps everything cleaner and you have to worry less about stepping in a pile or surprise!
A friend of mine just bought a female beautiful mountain dog pup and it was a little over 3 months old.
Some dogs can get treats from people and learn to like them and be social and some dogs just are too panicked about people. If pushed some of these dogs will resort to aggression, so if I can’t trust them I teach them confidence through not being petted or pushed past that point of being uncomfortable. I would teach it the same when they sniff leave it, until they finally stop; then you can reward with a better reward… they will catch on just as fast as a sighted dog I bet! I am excited that two of my kids started taking dog in 4-H and after only 1 time at training the dogs are responding well to some simple commands.
There are many wonderful uses for good old white vinegar, and spraying full strength white vinegar on the dog poop works wonders!
What a great help, I have 2 dogs in my daycare group, that have had this problem, this helped us tremendously. I have a friend who has a male dachshund who was just neutered and has not started eating his poop when he does it in his crate.
My adult female Lab sometimes eats her own poop and more often other dogs poop (but not all poop).


Dogs do some pretty crazy things, several of which fall within the "dog being a dog” realm. While you look on in shock and horror as you watch your dog down a mouthful of poop, you'll get some solace in the fact that you are not alone. In fact, a preliminary study out of the University of California, Davis, found that up to 16 percent of dogs eat feces frequently, with 85 percent of the stool eaters consuming the feces of other dogs. Although gross, stool eating is generally considered harmless in a healthy dog free of intestinal parasites, especially if he’s eating his own stools that are less than two to three days old, says Benjamin L. However, there is a slight risk your dog could develop an intestinal infection if he already has such an infection and is eating his own stools that are five days or older, which increases the intestinal parasite load. To get this behavior under control, if your dog eats poop frequently and isn’t a puppy or nursing mom, don’t yell at him — and certainly don’t rub his nose in feces, which is inhumane — as this could inadvertently cause him to become compulsive about this behavior, Reid says. You can also add taste deterrents to his diet, as they can make poop less palatable, or apply taste deterrents to feces in your yard, along your walking routes, or even in litterboxes if he’s eating cat poop — better yet, move the litterboxes out of his reach. Yet another strategy is to try distracting your dog — Reid tells of a dog owner who barked at her dog every time she saw her eating feces — and asking him to do something else.
I think that dogs also like to eat poop because it tastes like the food that the dog who pooped ate. Your guess is as good as mine, as for why dogs like horse and cow manure and goose droppings. Dogs who suffer from malabsorption syndromes, like exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, sometimes eat feces, including their own.
Whenever he saw a cat issue Muggsy adored cat poop and used to head for the box at a dead run. Tidy the lawn and clean up the poop so there is nothing poopy for your dog to experiment with.
If the poop-snack habit isn’t well established, it might die away on its own, provided your dog has no additional opportunities to practice it.
My dog was a poop eater for a while until I tried this trick, the vinegar smells so bad to them they stay away from the poop. One of these dogs also roll around in manure and poop if they find it, and at least for the rolling in the poop, the vinegar worked like a champ-thanks again. As to why some dogs continue the behavior when they’re older, one theory suggests that their diet may be lacking certain nutrients. Consult with your veterinarian before using a deterrent to determine if it’s safe for your dog.


Some dogs then learn to snack immediately after their bowel movements, before the mix can be applied. Unlike humans above the age of two, plenty of dogs just love The Poop, whether it comes from cats, horses, geese, or, most disgustingly to many a proud owner, their own body or their master’s. Before dogs were dogs, they were wolves, and upon locating human excrement and human garbage, the wolves chowed down. The rationale would be the same one that makes crate training so successful: dogs avoid soiling their nests. Train yourself to hear those little cat feet going scritch scritch scritch, and scoop the poop as soon as kitten’s done.
The commercial taste deterrents you feed your dog don’t have any impact on any feces but hers.
He specializes on human poop, recognizable because there’s generally a tissue nearby, which animals rarely use. And it's worth noting that dogs who find their own feces delicious might view hot sauce and lemon juice as merely yummy condiments.
Eventually, there evolved an animal like the wolf, except that it was smaller, it hung around folks, and mostly scavenged instead of mostly hunted: The Dog. Poop, too, may suddenly rise in value to your dog when the result of his own provisional sniff and lick is the fact that you shriek, tug him away, and stash the experimental stuff in a bag. Also my dog is jumping up on the back door of the patio and on me and making my arms bruised. And no matter how much your dog hates it, and which kind of hindrance you use, sooner or later he will find an untreated stash.
And the following time he spots some feces at the dog park, he speeds up the snatch-and-grab, and you melt into a puddle of embarrassment. Result: poop snacking is on what is technically known as a variable intermittent reinforcement schedule, which is what trainers use whenever they want to produce an extremely persistent, lasting behavior.



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