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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. 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. The behavior does not reflect poor den sanitation: 82% of dogs in the survey almost never soiled their own house. Detroit Animal Control accused of abusing power, killing dogs in new lawsuitEight dog owners have come together to file a lawsuit against Detroit Animal Control, claiming the agency violated their rights, which resulted in sick or dead dogs, according to Detroit Free Press.
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.
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. 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.
As to why some dogs continue the behavior when they’re older, one theory suggests that their diet may be lacking certain nutrients. I am lucky and my dogs all love kids and they have always had a "that is my baby" attitude since we brought my son home nearly four years ago.


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. In a study that included information from nearly 1,500 pet owners with dogs that had been seen eating feces daily or weekly at least 10 times. 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. 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. 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. Many dog owners get very upset when their dog eats poop, which means the dog gets attention. Everyone said when I was pregnant with my daughter (now two months) that the dog would take a back seat. Now that I am pregnant again they have gone back on high alert and anyone that they don't know who comes near me is a threat ( I think its awesome, they are so smart.
Another reason may be that in the absence of food, dogs ate their poop for the minimal nutritional value it offered. About 10% of the dogs ate only their own stool, whereas 32% ate the feces of others, and nearly half of all dogs who ate feces didn’t care who it belonged to.
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.


I think that dogs also like to eat poop because it tastes like the food that the dog who pooped ate.
Your dog might be more submissive than other dogs, resulting in strange poop eating behavior.
Your dog might be eating cat poop or other animal poop to get key nutrients and minerals not available in his own food.
If you only feed your dog once per day, and your dog eats poop, it could be an indication they want to eat more frequently.
Your dog observes you and learns from you, by putting the poop in his mouth you put poop in a bag. This seems to occur more in households with multiple dogs where dominance and submission is a factor.
My husband and everyone else think I'm crazy, but I think I love the dog more than the baby. There does not seem to be any effective way to stop a dog from eating their own or other pet's poop, other than immediately cleaning up any feces, keeping litter boxes spotless (as dogs do eat cat poop too).



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