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i just don't understand!


beamer is 9 months old, & has gotten over some of her bad habits. she is definitely becoming a much better dog, & knows "good" from "bad" 95% of the time. but she refuses to stop eating poopy diapers!

we have a 13 month old daughter & i have moved the diaper trash around numerous times, have tried to put it out of beamers reach, etc. but she still gets it. (i can't keep her out of our daughters room) she will literally go through every diaper & not tear them up, but finds one with poopy in it & EATS it!

we have punished her by tapping her nose if we catch her or putting her in the crate if we catch her after she's done it. this is what she does, i'll go upstairs for a minute (literally a MINUTE) & by the time i get downstairs she has eaten the poopy out of the diaper & is laying next to it like "whoops" with her tail between her legs like "sorry".. but she won't stop.

PLEASE i need help! i am lost on what to do. we can't keep her out of our daughters room because she has a very tight bond with her & would cry & whine, & she is a trash can opener genius.. =(

any ideas?
 

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What is it about dogs and baby poop? My dog is 6, knows it's wrong and yet she still tries to sneak a snack every chance she gets. You just can't give them the chance to eat it becuase they will. Yuck.

I use ziplock bags to contain the mess while doing the change up. That way you can put it up high while you do whatever else you need to do.

Luther was the worst, he figured out within days how how to get into the diaper pail and would shread the poopy one all over the floor. Once you get past the poop, those little absorbent bead things are impossible to pick up and pretty gross when you think about them.
 

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just like the litter box, they love the smelly stuff~
Keep the trash can in a closet.
or hang diaper pail outside a window.
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I wanted to address something no one else has yet.. The reason she is looking guilty when you catch her is because she is anticipating the punishment. You say tapping her on the nose, definitely better than some people that would HIT on the nose, but still not valid discipline. Same with putting her in her crate. She has no way to associate that eating the diaper is bad, you are catching her when shes done. At that point, its too late to do anything about it. Instead of tapping her nose, say NO firmly and then redirect her attention to something positive. But the best solution is making it so she doesn't have the chance to get into trouble!
 

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Episode of E-Vets I saw yesterday had a Beagle that ate a diaper, surgery to remove and all is well.
I'd find a way to make sure the dog can't get to the diapers
 

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Sounds simple enough to me. Keep her OUT of the room. YOU are the boss of the house, if you can't keep her from eating them, you CAN keep her out of the room. If she doesn't like it TOO BAD. She is a dog, she WILL get over it. She NEEDS to learn to be seperated from your daughter eventually, may as well be now.
 
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