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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-02-2012, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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6 mo GSD eats older dog's poop

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We have a 6 mo old that has stopped eating his own poop when he was 2-3 mo old, and has moved onto eating our older dogs poop (8 year old Spinone)

This habit has been hard to stop. We have done "leave it" and tried to recall him from the poop. It is most challenging because he follows the older dog around the yard after feeding time and (sorry for being so descriptive) eats it almost before it hits the ground.

I have gone out there and followed the older dog around and picked up poop right away. That helps, but something that I am not able to do 100% of the time.

Any thoughts and ideas as to what I can do here would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-02-2012, 09:24 AM
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I have the same problem. The only answer is vigilance and keeping a clean yard. I've tried pineapple, Forbid, etc, nothing works. I was debating purchasing a habanero pepper and hiding a piece in the poop to reinforce a lesson, but it turns out as we discovered during our yearly chili making that Freyja likes hot peppers, the hotter the better, so that option is out. Eventually the pup will figure out that you don't appreciate or tolerate the poop eating, and will slowly cease, but its a ton of work.

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OK, I have to ask this: why is he around when the older dog poops?


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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-02-2012, 08:56 PM
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keep your yard clean. watch your dog when
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-07-2012, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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@Sunflowers:
Because they share the same yard.

Thank you for the replies. I was hoping for some other fix than what I am doing since I cannot be around the dog all the time. Will keep on doing what I am doing and hope his desire to eat poop subsides.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-08-2012, 12:00 AM
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We have the same issue. Desmo is now 6 months and doesnt touch her own poop so much but should our 3 year go, she'd be on it before we can get everyone inside, to go clean up. She's getting better but only from reprimanding her, saying NO! It's taking a while but she's coming along. Nothing I've researched besides this has helped for us. Takes time I suppose.
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