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01-18-2014 10:37 AM
Witz This may make some disagree, but it worked for me. I tried a number of passive approaches, supplements, behavior modification and nanny over site. At 8 months it was only occurring on occasion but I did not want to continue to have to babysit every time he went out. So, since I have always used an e collar as one of my tools, it was time to try. Using a slightly higher level then I used for some training purposes, waited till his nose was 2 inches above the poop and 2 second stim had him jump away from the poop. Required one more lesson a week later, never a problem again. This approach may bother some, so let me also say that I have a very strong willed, no nonsense WLGSD who got the message with zero negative effects.
01-17-2014 06:16 PM
McCoy
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I added Accent to Fiona's food.


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I second this as it was recommended by the vet. It wasnt a 100% fix but for whatever reason he stopped "for the most part." Every once in a while I'll catch him but its not an all the time thing like it used to be.
01-09-2014 03:37 PM
Susan_GSD_mom Momto2GSDs:

Thanks for your post from 1/5... I have recently been given a 5-year-old former breeding GSD female, and was aghast to see her eat poo. I have had GSDs and/or wolf shepherds for decades, and have never had one eat poop, his/her own or any other canine's (although rabbit and squirrel poo was fair game). I called the breeder who told me that females who have raised litters become used to eating the puppies' poo, which I knew, and often eat their own because of the impulse to keep their environment clean. She also told me that Jade (my girl) had been rescued from a shelter at 10 months old (with papers), and she put her into her breeding program because she knew the breeder, and Jade has good DDR bloodlines. Well, the shelter comment set up alarm bells for me, I have heard that dogs who spent any amount of time in a shelter come away with lots of such habits. Jade also spent time in kennels, since she was not one of this breeder's house dogs. She is extremely responsive to any disapproval I express, and this has helped. I also clean everything up as quickly as possible (although the current 'polar vortex' has made that difficult!). But the suggestions in your post offer me more options, and I really appreciate them. I feed them extremely good food, but you have offered additional ideas. Thank you so much. You have just proven that an old dog (me) CAN learn new tricks!
01-09-2014 02:05 PM
SummerGSDLover
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"Leave it" worked for me. But it took time. And the worst part of it was it wasn't his own poo that he liked, it was DH's dog's. So what I ended up doing was inadvertently training her to drop 2 loads, ugh - NO! YES! I used to follow her with the shovel and I guess she prefers privacy so she'd do the important one and then she'd walk off to drop the lesser one. OMG. I think your pup is probably doing the same thing with her double drop, lol. BTW, I was killing myself laughing over your potato masher comment. Yum, and guess what I was going to make for dinner? Lol.
LOL! Lemme guess. Something mooshy! Haha. I'm never eating mashed taters again Haha

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01-09-2014 01:26 PM
Blanketback "Leave it" worked for me. But it took time. And the worst part of it was it wasn't his own poo that he liked, it was DH's dog's. So what I ended up doing was inadvertently training her to drop 2 loads, ugh - NO! YES! I used to follow her with the shovel and I guess she prefers privacy so she'd do the important one and then she'd walk off to drop the lesser one. OMG. I think your pup is probably doing the same thing with her double drop, lol. BTW, I was killing myself laughing over your potato masher comment. Yum, and guess what I was going to make for dinner? Lol.
01-09-2014 12:06 PM
SummerGSDLover Just keep the dog on a lead. I've had to start this because my dog does this also.

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01-09-2014 11:46 AM
JanaeUlva And meant "so you can go pick up the poop while the pup is searching for kibble on the ground."


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01-09-2014 11:44 AM
JanaeUlva Wait for pup to poop and then call name throw a handful of kibble on the ground away from the poop so you can pick it up. Pup learns to look for treat from you and the behavior chain is broken. Sometimes I wonder if our hawking over the pup to pick the poop up right away and or all the fuss around eating the poop including leave it just calls more attention to the poop. So just redirect. Just my thoughts. It worked for me.


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01-09-2014 11:35 AM
SpookyShepherd I have a female who LOVES to eat poo... the fresher the better. We've done the food additives, instant clean-up, redirect, scold, leash, etc. All the "training" in the world doesn't stop her from wanting to eat poo. So, on a friend's suggestion I ordered Dr. Mercola's Digestive Enzyme. We followed the full strength dosage for two months then weaned off the enzyme entirely. No more poo eating!
01-09-2014 04:08 AM
Scribblez There's this product called For-bid. You're to sprinkle it on their food and it makes the stool taste so awful that they stop eating it. I haven't tried the product myself since my dogs don't eat their stool, but I'd probably give it a shot if they did eat it.
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