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The technical term for poop-eating behavior is coprophagia, and disgusting as it is to us, it is a normal behavior for dogs.
The more your dog practices any behavior, be it eating fecal matter or sitting politely to greet guests, the better the dog gets at that behavior. Since there were still likely to be some poop hidden under the fresh snow, I also needed a way to prevent Mischief from gobbling up anything new she found. Since my goal is for her to be responsible without my help, I jackpot her with several pieces of this food and lots of praise any time she chooses to pass a pile of poop without my prompting.
If you need little extra help solving a tough poop-eating problem with your dog, don’t be afraid to call in an expert.
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.
Coprophagia can be one of the compulsions triggered by anxiety if your pup suffers from it, not unlike compulsive chewing. If the dog has been rebuked for pooping in specific places, then they may conclude that it is necessary to dispose of the evidence.
This means that if your dog eats poop and you want them to stop, preventing them from “practicing” that poop-eating behavior is of vital importance. While there are several food additives on the market that claim to make the dog’s poop unappetizing, these options were not available to me due to Layla’s severe allergies. Though our pups tend to be domesticated and housebroken, they still have the mentality that they live in the wild.


If your dog has allergies, as one of mine does, the undigested remnants of allergens in the poop of animals fed certain diets can trigger an allergic reaction.
If you go this route, it’s important to treat every dog in the household, or the offending dog will learn to just keep trying in order to find an unadulterated pile to munch on.
Dogs like poop, and their digestive systems are designed in such a way that they can often gain nutrition from the waste products of other animals.



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