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My puppy eats her poops

Hello, my puppy eats her poops and pees and poops inside the house... So today I Saw her eating her poop. I took her and beat her butt then she decided not to come to me anymore she is 10 weeks ... Help plz!


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Don't beat her for it, you're doing more harm than good! I'm not an expert by any means but some dogs eat their own poop as a natural defense mechanism. By eating(removing) the poop, in their mind they are protecting themselves from predators finding them in their home environment. This was how it was explained to me...


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Firstly, she's a little baby at 10 weeks old. You can't expect her to know wrong from right and beating her doesn't solve anything but hurt her and make her scared of you

If she's eating her own poop, clean it up right away. Carry a bag with you even if it's in the backyard and once she's done bag it and throw it into a garbage can

As for the house training, she needs to go out at least once a hour until she gets the idea that going outside is where she needs to go. Walk her around and as soon as she goes she gets huge party thrown with lots of praise and treats. If she has a accident in the house and you don't see her, simply clean it up, it's your fault for not watching her close enough. You can use a crate or xpen when she's not being watched, or use a leash to keep her with you so you can watch her. It's a good way to learn the dog's signals and you can run her outside before accidents happen.

She needs to go out immediately after eating, drinking, playing, or waking up. No 5 minute or longer wait, she gets scooped up and brought outside.

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K thank you so much for the ideas... The question now is will she be okay with me? Because she is still scared and and not answering me


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K thank you so much for the ideas... The question now is will she be okay with me? Because she is still scared and and not answering me


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That incident has made a big impression on her as for her you jut turned into some scary monster. She didn't know that she did something wrong. Now she needs to learn that you are back to being OK. Leash her so she cannot flee. Reward her with treats and hand feed her for a day or so until she starts to trust you again. Make sure you are tons of fun for her.
She may have learned to not pee or poop when you see it. If you find an"accident" it is because she learned that she cannot do it in your presence; it is not revenge or stupidity. Puppies need constant supervision unless they are crated.
Get this book: "The perfect Puppy" from Gwen Bailey. That will help you.

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Eating her poop is not a life or death thing. Some dogs do it, because their diet is missing something. Some because it tastes good. Some out of habit. So eating poop won't kill your puppy even if it grosses us out. Fiona who is almost a year still sometimes eats her poop. I clean up immediately, but a night she can go on the balcony and then has the opportunity to eat it.


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She will come around to you. As it has been said, she is a baby. Don't hit her for it.
She could be eating it be ause she is not getting enough food or nutritious food. So what kind of food is he eating? She wouldn't be out of your sight so beat her to the punch and pick it up before she can get to it.

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My dog had the same issue. It may have come from not enough praising him when he would yelp in the crate to let us know that he had to go out. I was more focused on associating the "Empty" command with going outside I guess.... but it's hard to be jovial at 4 am! So I think that my removing the poop almost immediately in front of him made him think that I was dissatisfied and he didn't like that, so he removed his own the only way he knows how... eating it.

Praising him more and treating him when he came inside, also waiting to clean up the yard when he wasn't around helped. But the biggest tip we got was to feed him a couple slices of fresh pineapple. The citrus made the poop less palatable (I would never think it was palatable in the first place) and he soon ceased this activity. By soon I mean about a month.

And remember, the biggest part of training a puppy is patience, patience, patience. At 10 weeks she is a baby, and wants to please you. Physical aggression will not be taken as intended, and she'll only see it as random violence because she doesn't know any other way. 10-15 minutes of training a day, with plenty of patience and praise for her positive actions, will make others marvel at how well behaved your girl is.

Please be patient. It will pay off a hundred-fold.
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