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If goose poop wasn’t, well, the fecal matter of birds, it might be the perfect treat. I first noticed something was amiss when Mischief, my youngest dog, didn’t come in after her last potty break of the night. The technical term for poop-eating behavior is coprophagia, and disgusting as it is to us, it is a normal behavior for dogs.
All that said, coprophagia is not a behavior most of us will tolerate in their companion 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.


Whenever Kayo does well and doesn’t eat the goose poop, I praise her and sometimes reward her with a healthier treat. 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. We didn’t bother to practice stationary leave-its (where the dog is sitting or lying down before the distraction appears), since these didn’t have anything to do with the real-life situation she’d be placed in. We know lots about how geese fly in formation and how cute goslings are, but what you may not know is that geese can squeeze out half a pound of poop a day. Before training her not to eat things off the ground (yes, including her favorite delicacy), she’d come in like a vacuum cleaner that targeted only the poop of geese. She then gets excited about those treats so she’ll sniff out goose poop, not eat it, then look up at me for her praise and treat. Wild canids would eat human refuse outside of settlements, and over time these animals came to resemble our domestic dogs more and more.


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. These times I try to be firm but I often just laugh out loud, especially when she spits it out so strongly and quickly that it lands half a foot in front of her—I didn’t even know dogs could do that!
It’s funny that she not only associates not eating the poop with getting praise, but that she also includes sniffing it first.
Though Kayo is trained not to eat anything off the ground, when it comes to this special snack, she likes to test the waters. 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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