Help!! My dogs are eating poop!!
I have two golden retreiver females. One is 1 1/2 years old and the other is 1 year old and they are sisters. I have tried several things including: over the counter anti-poop eating pills, hot sauce, crushed pineapple in the food, pumpkin, meat tenderizer and cottage cheese in their food. I now go out and pick up their poop right after they go but sometimes i miss some and they'll find it. Does anyone have any advise?
Reply To: kosmith52
Hi...try feeding the pups green bean. I have had it work wonders with all of my dogs with the exception of my latest addition. With her, I am spraying "Bitter Apple" onto the poop to make it distasteful. It works! Abandon the prescription method...it never works. Good luck! Regards. cindy
Like humans, dogs each have their own motives for their individual behavior. Dogs eat poop for various reasons, based on their age, their training, their living conditions and their diet. There are basically 5 different classifications, or reasons that your dog may be eating poop.
Dogs pick up things quickly and will often learn things that you don’t want them to. For instance, consider a dog that is punished for a housebreaking accident. If he is punished by having his nose rubbed in poop (which is absolutely not a good way to deal with the problem) he may try to “dispose of the evidence” the next time around. If you clean up after your dog while he looks on, he may misunderstand your intent and try to copy your actions in some fashion by “picking up after himself”. Your dog might also see other dogs eating poop and learn the behavior from them.
If your dog eats poop, you should make sure it’s not because of a health issue. Some dogs will start eating poop when they aren’t absorbing enough nutrients, they have parasites, or they have issues with their pancreas. All coprophagic dogs should be examined by a veterinarian
A dog’s digestive system is dependent on a specific mix of enzymes to break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats. There is some evidence that suggests that dog digestive systems haven’t quite caught up to modern diets that include less animal protein and far more carbohydrates and plant proteins. Some veterinary nutritionists have suggested that dogs eat stool to replenish enzymes so that they are better prepared to digest their food.
Reply To: CindyHog12
My sweet dog shofie is a devil because we have a gog named toby and she eats his snikers (as we call them) we will glance at them once on a while and if shofie is eating snicker bars we will tap on the window or yell to her.
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