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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2009, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Dogs eating poop

I know there's a technical name for it, but how do you stop your dog from eating his own poop? Thankfully he's only done this occasionally, but I want to get him to quit doing this all together. When he's done it in the past, it's been a piece of dried up poop. Today he ate a piece that he had just pooped out. He ran away from the area to play, but returned 5 min later & got a piece before I could get him away from it. He's NEVER done that before. It's quite nauseating to have to deal with. We've even fed him pumpkin puree before to try to give it a bitter taste, but haven't done that in a while because we've been able to keep him away from it.
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Re: Dogs eating poop

Pick up the poop right away?
What are you feeding him?

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2009, 05:44 PM
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Re: Dogs eating poop

I have seen things at pet stores you put into the food that supposedly keeps them from eating their poop but have never needed to use it so dont know whether or not it works. Have also heard of putting pineapple in the food.

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Re: Dogs eating poop

my pup use to do it ,my breeder/trainer says to use pineapple chucks as a treats ,it gives the poop a nasty smell to them and hides the uneatten dog food that remains in the poop,my pup and yours will eventually outgrow it ....

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-10-2009, 10:45 PM
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Re: Dogs eating poop

There are numerous reasons dogs do this and so no method works for every dog. You may never be able to cure it but then again you might get lucky. Some reasons I've heard:

1) they learn it from the mother who keeps the box clean this way
2) there is something missing in their diet that they apparenty think they can get from "snacking"
3) what you're feeding is at fault

In our case it turned out to be #3. We unsuccesfully tried a number of the different products you can give a dog for this with no success.

Our success came when we changed dog food. I found here on the boards the possibility that the grain in some dog foods isn't digesting all the way, leaving stuff in the pooh that was still attractive to the dog to eat. Within 3 days of switching to grain free dog food, pooh snacks were history with our two.

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