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Dogs are attracted to cat feces, for example, because cat food is higher in fat and protein than dog food, and so are their feces. Cat feces probably attracts dogs because cat food is higher in protein and fat than dog food, and consequently cat feces is, too.
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. Coprophagia or (poop eating) is where a puppy or adult dog has developed a taste for eating poop (it can be their own or other animals) and it is a relatively common condition to affect younger puppies. 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.
By the way, the scientific name for the practice of poop eating is coprophagy – a good word to know! Dogs who suffer from exocrine pancreatic insufficiency sometimes eat stools, including their own.
If your dog is diving for it’s own feces as soon as they are produced, keep it on a leash until the pooping is over.
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. Most dogs and puppies that do develop Coprophagia are well fed and well cared for so a lack of food or malnourishment is not considered to be a factor in the problem developing.
A vitamin deficiency has also been ruled out as a reason behind puppies and dogs eating poop (although cat poop does seem to be a particularly favourite poop delicacy for some dogs and puppies).
One consistent theory that experts feel maybe a contributory factor in the development of the problem is possibly due to young puppies being shouted at when they have an accident in the House – so they eat the poop to hide the evidence. Another theory is that puppies and younger dogs develop the problem when they are bored or confined to a specific area for a long time (this could be the crate). Behavior modification this technique is used by some owners but may actually be counterproductive i.e using negative reinforcement through sprinkling a nasty substance on the poop (something like Tabasco sauce is often used), but it would be faster just to pick up all of the poop in the garden.
Some dog owners add ingredients to their dog or puppy’s food that makes the poop taste nasty or at least seems to reduce the problem. If you live in the country, chances are you can’t control the availability of horse, cow and other animal droppings. 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 reason behind females being more prone to this problem is thought to be due to when the female (mother) cleaned up after her puppies when they were in the litter – eating the poop to clean the living area. The condition has been seen in dogs that have developed a huge appetite due to Malabsorption Syndrome – so they eat their stools to get extra nutrients.
A dog that is repeatedly eating poop will also have bad breath (which is not very nice for the owner)! The best method is to house train your pooch – so if you catch your pooch pooping in the House, attach a leash to your puppy or dog and put a cue on taking him or her outside. Not only can this cause separation anxiety to develop but you won’t be around to stop any behavior problems from developing.
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.
Dogs that have been prescribed Corticosteroids have also been seen to develop the condition. Don’t leave any litter trays around the House as cat poop is particularly tempting for some dogs. If she’s a junkie for fetch, pitch a ball the nanosecond she begins to rise from her squat, then clean up during the pursuit. Coprophagia has also been seen in dogs that are experiencing intestinal parasites, cushings disease, thyroid problems and Diabetes. 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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