Puppy poop - can you reduce #/amount?
Hans is just over 12 weeks old and something like 23 lbs.
Apart from the stress diarrhea he got on the day we picked him up, I've never had a dog who had such consistently great poops. Always perfectly shaped logs, always on schedule, even with food/treat variation, and even with eating some marrow from a beef knuckle bone. Just amazing.
But he poops A LOT. 4 times per day and the poops are MASSIVE. Again, always perfect, never loose stools, never constipated. He eats Royal Canin for GSD puppies (I will switch him to grain free as this bag whittles down, I just didn't want to make a switch immediately after getting him from the breeder) + 1.5 tbsp top up of Wilderness CORE wet food. I've also tried the regular Wellness wet food and the grain-free Blue Wilderness for puppy and his stools were always the same. He eats approximately 2.5 cups of dry kibble and 3-4 tbsp wet food in total per day.
If I switched him to grain free, would he poop less? The reason I mind is that he is also intent on licking his own poop/playing with it. It's very frustrating and we've tried everything (hot pepper sauce, tabasco - he loves to eat both) and bitter apple (this does work pretty well but you need to have the bottle with you). Basically we have a dog walker come in 2x per day while we are at work because I am worried that he'll poop in his ex pen/crate otherwise and eat it (gross). I would have much less concern if he was pooping 2x or even 3x per day.
Any thoughts? Is 4x per day normal?
For a puppy in my opinion yes! Grain free helped my dogs as less waste in food, but my pup still poops 3-4 times a day like clock work. after breakfast, after snack time, after exercise and after final feeding. My two older ones still go 2-3 times a day. There is a supplement you can give to discourage eating poo but I would just teach the "leave it" command to your pup.
Try to get the poop picked up so he doesn't even have the opportunity to get to it. Are you putting tobacco sauce on his poop in the yard? That alone should help alot.
While my boy had firm poop when he was fed kibble when I switched to raw his poop was smaller and he really only poops once a day. Not sure if raw is an option for you.
Yes, I poured tabasco sauce ALL over his poop in the yard and he went crazy, licking the tabasco sauce. I then picked the poop up but he continued to lick the remains of the tobasco for 2 more days (it had absorbed into the snow).
Raw would probably be an ok option for us (have extra fridge/freezer) but we do both travel a lot, for business and otherwise and the dog will stay with either my parents or my in-laws during those times. They both have dogs and love Hans. I just don't think it's realistic to expect them to feed raw then, especially my MIL who won't even come near wet food as she finds it disgusting to look at/smell. So I wouldn't want to leave for 4 days or a week or 10 days at a time and then have to all of a sudden change his diet.
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