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bobbo2319 01-24-2014 02:02 PM

15 month female GSD eating poop
Hey everyone,

I am lost when it comes to trying to stop our dog from eating her own poo. If we let her outside by herself 9 out of 10 times she will eat her poo. We tried meat tenderizer, but doesn't work. It's almost like a habit now... Any suggestions?

Thanks. Bob

Baillif 01-24-2014 02:08 PM

Clean up the poop

Also don't give her kisses on the mouth.

You're welcome.

artemisnhounds 01-24-2014 02:31 PM

Lol! We are going through same thing. A friend suggested giving him pineapple and I'll have to get back to you on how that works out. Plus I watch him as he goes and try not to give him the opportunity. I just ordered new high grade puppy food to see if that helps in case he's lacking certain vitamins

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SummerGSDLover 01-24-2014 03:27 PM


Originally Posted by Baillif (Post 4897474)
Clean up the poop

Also don't give her kisses on the mouth.

You're welcome.

LOL! Yes. Agree


middleofnowhere 01-24-2014 03:57 PM

Yup. I am out there with her on a long line. I've taken too praising and calling so she IF on the line, will leap away and come to me. Not on the line or don't pick it up & it is a snack! If I'm not on the other end of that line, it is a snack. Mine's just under 5 months.

LoveEcho 01-24-2014 04:13 PM

Why Do Dogs Eat Poop | Coprophagia in Dogs | VCA Animal Hospitals

At her age, I'd look into exploring some of the other causes besides "typical puppy behavior." There are all kinds of remedies out there that work for some, don't work for others... the only fail-proof prevention is what Baillif mentioned :D

llombardo 01-24-2014 04:59 PM

I now have two for sure poop eaters and the third is digging for grubs and ends up with poop. It's to cold outside for me to give a poop. I try distracting them, telling them leave it, but I'm not on them like usual, because I'm in a nice warm house.

Momto2GSDs 01-24-2014 06:17 PM

Here are some thoughts I posted on another thread a couple of weeks ago:

Per PetMD: "For some dogs, eating feces is a behavior learned from the litter-mates and/or mother. But, dogs that are fed a low-quality food (or an insufficient amount of food) may also resort to eating feces in an instinctual attempt to balance out a dietary deficiency. This may be further exacerbated if your dog has a digestive enzyme deficiency, because it prevents any of the food’s nutrients to be properly absorbed by the body. Basically, your dog is attempting to eat feces in the hopes to forgo starving to death."

Dr. Karen Becker: "Dogs on entirely processed, dry food diets, who eat no living foods at all, will intentionally seek out other sources of digestive enzymes to make up for their own lifelong enzyme deficiency. Feeding your pet a diet containing human-grade protein, probiotics and supplemental digestive enzymes can sometimes curb the urge to find gross sources of free enzymes around the yard or in the cats litter box."

Coprophagia can also be caused by a Vitamin-B1 (Thiamine) deficiency. “B-1 deficiency can be caused by feeding your dog a low-quality or a nutritionally incomplete diet (Dogspire).”


The dog may need some Vitamin K-1. You can supply this naturally to her diet by adding 1 Tablespoon of chopped parsley every other day (never use synthetic Vitamin K-3, also called Menadione Sodium Bisulfate, as prolonged use can possibly damage organs and have a carcinogenic effect). Additionally, “the flavonoids in parsley—especially luteolin—have been shown to function as antioxidants that combine with highly reactive oxygen-containing molecules (called oxygen radicals) and help prevent oxygen-based damage to cells. In addition, extracts from parsley have been used in animal studies to help increase the antioxidant capacity of the blood.”

Adding animal based enzymes and fresh foods that contain Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine) could curb this habit. BileX is an animal based digestive enzyme and very cost effective. It contains Pancreatin, Ox Bile Extract and Papin (Papaya). Crush 1 or 1 ½ tablets between 2 spoons and mix into the dogs food. Bilex 90 Tablets by Douglas Laboratories Pro-Biotics also aides the gut: For Pets Probiotic Pet Probiotics | Optimal Digestive Health for Pets -

Another Digestive Enzyme/ProBiotic choice is called Sunday Sundae: Sunday Sundae Nutritional Supplement

Here are some fresh foods that you can add to your dogs’ diet.
*Pork is high in B-1. 1/3rd cup served raw several times per week may help. Pork must be frozen for at least one week before it is given to your dog. Choose very lean pork such as diced “taco meat” without any seasonings added or purchase pork chops on sale, take off most of the fat and cut in smaller pieces before freezing. Introduce slowly in small amounts at first.
*Liver from Beef, Pork, and Chicken contain Thiamine.

*Asparagus (pureed), green peas (pureed), ground flax seed and tuna (cooked) also have high quantities of B-1 that can be added to the diet.

If you look for a commercially prepared “stool deterrent” make sure that it doesn't contain MSG (Mono-sodium Glutamate) which can be toxic.
Please research MSG (Accent) before purchasing as it is VERY suspect of being a dangerous toxin:
Per Wiki: MSG is classified by the FDA as an excitotoxin, a dangerous neurotoxin that shrivels and kills brain cells and has been linked to causing seizures, migraines, heart palpitations and even cancer, amongst it's many symptoms.... in people! Never mind your dog, YOU should be avoiding MSG! It's definitely one of those things you should not feed a dog. All processed free glutamic acid (MSG) – no matter how produced -- is neurotoxic (kills brain cells) and is endocrine disrupting (damages the endocrine system) (7-8). In addition, all processed free glutamic acid (MSG) will cause adverse reactions ranging from feelings of mild discomfort or simple skin rash to such things as irritable bowel, asthma, migraine headache, mood swings, heart irregularities, asthma, seizures, and depression when the amount of MSG ingested exceeds a person's MSG-tolerance level(9). MSG or glutamate is a suspected addictive neurotoxin that has been associated with chest pain, headaches, numbness, asthmatic reactions, brain damage (in rats, rabbits, chicks and monkeys), depression, irritability, and mood changes, reproductive dysfunction in males and females, nervous symptoms (decreased sensibility in neck, arms and back) and irregular heartbeat. It’s also on the FDA’s list for further study for possible mutagenic teratogenic, subacute and reproductive effects.

Here is a natural deterrent: Only Natural Pet Stool Eating Deterrent Dog Supplement

If considering changing foods, I would suggest high quality food such as The Honest Kitchen Dehydrated Food , or Acana Grain Free or Fromm's Four Star Grain Free Four-Star Gourmet Recipes for dogs - Fromm Family Foods

Hope you find something that works for your dog!

lunardash12 01-24-2014 06:27 PM

i kmow just the trick
put some hot sause or lemon juice on her poop soon they will know dont eat

sourdough44 02-14-2014 06:49 AM

This is front & center with our 11 week pup, poop eating. I don't have faith in the commercial products ment to be mixed with food. Our breeder says it is very normal with puppies, I wasn't clear on if and when they would grow out of it.

We have been putting hot sauce in the poop with good results, upper temp but not dangerous level of hot. It's 'habenaro' sauce from Wal-mart. If not hot enough it's like putting catchup on it. I may try the lemon juice.

I cover it right after she is done, one small taste and she leaves it alone. I realize this isn't practical long term, trying to train her off. I don't think her diet is 'deficient'. Anyway, still working on this one.

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