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If you are like most people, then you probably find it both disgusting and concerning to see your dog eating feces. While it may not make sense to us, there are a wide range of reasons that a dog may be eating poop.
Dogs may also learn this habit by watching other dogs eating feces, or even from watching their owners clean it up. In some cases, eating poop may be a habit that is developed due to poor nutrient absorption. A dog that is lacking certain nutrients or is underfed may begin eating poop in order to satisfy their hunger and dietary needs. For dogs who do not receive enough exercise and social interaction, consuming feces may be a side effect of boredom, loneliness or stress. Once you understand the motivations behind such undesirable behaviors as eating poop, you can begin taking proactive measures to get rid of this habit.
If your dog is eating their waste in order to keep their living area clean, then cleaning it as soon as they have finished their business will help to eliminate this habit.
Many pet supply stores now carry a variety of products that are specially designed to discourage dogs from eating excrement.
While some animals can survive by eating poop alone, such as Dung Beetles, dogs are certainly not one of those animals.


By understanding why your dog is eating feces, you can then take proactive measures to deter this unsightly habit. In fact, it is common for mother dogs to clean up after their young by eating their puppies’ poop.
If you clean up behind your dog and they see it, then they may misinterpret your actions and begin to ‘clean up after themselves’ by eating their poop. If your dog is hungry, underfed or eating a diet that is insufficient in proper nutrients, then they may begin eating feces in order to satisfy their hunger and try to fulfill their nutritional needs.
For dogs who are restricted to a small yard or channel, eating feces may serve as a way to occupy themselves and keep their personal space clean.
Teaching your dog to eliminate outside will also help to reduce the opportunities that they have to eat feces.
For example, training your dog to ‘leave it’ is especially beneficial when teaching your dog to stay away from feces. You can try to avoid this learning experience turning into a habit by ensuring that all feces is removed from the environment. When dogs find that eating feces is satisfying and fulfilling, then they will repeat this undesired behavior until it develops into a bad habit. In some cases, dogs who are punished for defecating inside the house will eat their feces in order to deal with the evidence and avoid punishment.


If your dog uses indoor ‘potty pads,’ then removing the waste as soon as they are finished will help prevent them from indulging this habit. If you are concerned that your dog may be eating feces in response to a medical condition, then you should take them to see a veterinarian for a checkup. There are a variety of reasons why a dog may eat feces which are their age, training, diet and living conditions. While the thought of eating feces is revolting to humans, a dog may eat poop in order to replenish enzymes that they need for their bodies to break down proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Dogs that are lacking in social interaction may find that eating feces is a way to receive attention from their owner, even if that attention is negative. In order to stop your dog from eating poop, you must first determine the reason that they are eating it.
In rarer cases, a dog that is overfed is unable to properly digest all of the nutrients in their food and may begin eating their poop as a way to recycle the undigested nutrients. Try more than one of the above mentioned methods, or even a combination of methods, and even if it doesn’t work completely you have still reduced the chances of your dog eating feces.




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