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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.
Puppies in particular are drawn to feces, perhaps because they put everything in their mouths and feces just add to the intrigue, but they usually grow out of the habit by 6 months of age. 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. Taste deterrents you can sprinkle on feces include crushed hot pepper, Tabasco sauce, or Grannick’s Bitter Apple spray, according to the ASPCA. 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. Among the eaten stools, 90 percent were chomped within two days — in other words, while they were fresh.
As to why some dogs continue the behavior when they’re older, one theory suggests that their diet may be lacking certain nutrients.



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