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I’m gonna freak out. Never had this happen but my girlfriend who’s with my dog tonight (I’m working) said my pup pooped inside the house and then was trying to eat his own poop. Idk if she’s overreacting or what but I’m gonna freak out. Never had this happen or how to fix it..REMOVED BY MODERATOR
He’s 9 weeks and been living with us for a week.
 

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How to fix it --- have an alternative handy while you claim the pile for yourself and clean it up. If I'm not on top of it, mine will do this at 5 and 9 yo.
 

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My dog also did this, selectively, throughout her life. The remedy is to distract, then clean up quickly LOL! I've heard lots of different theories over the years as to why, but for me the bottom line, based solely on experience, is to distract, then clean up quickly...
 

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How to fix it --- have an alternative handy while you claim the pile for yourself and clean it up. If I'm not on top of it, mine will do this at 5 and 9 yo.
It wasn’t right away. It was sitting in the livingroom and as my gf went to get paper towels to clean.. that’s when it happened. Within a few min
 

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I’m gonna freak out. Never had this happen but my girlfriend who’s with my dog tonight (I’m working) said my pup pooped inside the house and then was trying to eat his own poop. Idk if she’s overreacting or what but I’m gonna freak out. Never had this happen or how to fix it.. wtf
He’s 9 weeks and been living with us for a week.
Icky. But just out of curiousity, why are you going to freak out? Poophobia? :)
 

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No reason to freak out, though it probably wouldn't hurt to keep smelling salts on hand. LOL. Nine weeks old is a baby, IMO, and babies do all sorts of silly (and sometimes outright disgusting) things. Most will outgrow it, with time, training and management; others may opportunistically keep the bad habit throughout their lives. Assuming that you're feeding appropriate, good food, it's a matter of management and training. As other posters noted, immediate cleanup is key.

Another thing to consider is how much unrestricted freedom the puppy has in the house. At two months, I'd say, it shouldn't be much if any. So, think about crating the puppy when you or your girlfriend aren't home or when you are at home, but busy. Or, tether the puppy to you so that it can't wander around unsupervised and get into trouble and/or pick up bad habits.

Welcome to the world of puppies. ;)

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I have 2 poop eaters and my previous dog was as well. I have to go out with them in the yard when they go potty or else they will turn around and eat it. I would blame it on these 2 being rescue dogs (kennel environment) but my first GSD I got as a puppy from the breeder and she was just as bad!
 

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Our King Charles ate poop hers and all kinds. The only thing I could do was make sure the yard was picked up. I could never accept kisses from her lol!!!
 

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So there’s no way to “stop” it besides not giving him a chance to eat it... I mean he’s a pup. For all I know he can go in his crate every hour and eat it and I wouldn’t know.
 

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Our older dog has done this his entire life. I think he's nearing 9 now. The only way to control it was to pick it up as soon as possible. He also knows the "leave it" command and would do so while you were watching him. But he's sneaky and would soon find a way to get back to what he wanted and eat it.

We have been feeding raw, prey diet, for several months now and this behavior seems to have stopped completely. Coincidence? I have no idea, but we are sticking with raw, and for more than just this reason. Anyone else have this experience?
 

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You'll know if he goes in the crate, they don't mop up the schmutz, there will be residue. If you have the pup on a feeding schedule, his bowels movements will be consistently timed, get him outside and you won't have to worry about him eating it. I taught leave it and was actually successful with my newly adopted 1 year old. He completley lost interest after a couple of months until a course of antibiotics made it interesting again. It is certainly a gag worthy action, but nothing to freak out about.
 

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Our older dog has done this his entire life. I think he's nearing 9 now. The only way to control it was to pick it up as soon as possible. He also knows the "leave it" command and would do so while you were watching him. But he's sneaky and would soon find a way to get back to what he wanted and eat it.

We have been feeding raw, prey diet, for several months now and this behavior seems to have stopped completely. Coincidence? I have no idea, but we are sticking with raw, and for more than just this reason. Anyone else have this experience?
Yup. Mine was an indiscriminate reprocessed snacker from the get go. "Leave it" was taught early. When I switched to raw, it curtailed it a lot like 90%. He will still sneak a snack every once in a great while on his own reprocessed but not on others.

Op, nothing to freak out about just clean it up as quick as possible. If you catch your pup in the act, just be calm and matter of fact when you move him away to clean it up. Teach "leave it" with other things first then when he clearly understands the command use it for this purpose.
 
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Maybe it helps to know that eating his own won't make him sick, and it's incredibly common dog behavior? (FYI, he might try to eat his own vomit if he ever does that too.)



In addition to cleaning up fast at home, try to keep him from eating other dogs' poop when you are on walks -- that could make him sick if the other dog has intestinal parasites or other problems.
 

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What are you feeding?


Some diets I think come out, exactly as they go in. It becomes appealing again to the dog. This is gross - but the poop smells like the food (specifically canned foods).
 

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It wasn’t right away. It was sitting in the livingroom and as my gf went to get paper towels to clean.. that’s when it happened. Within a few min
She should have picked up the pup right away before getting the paper towels. I don't let pups see what I clean up to prevent too much focus. They are drawn to what you do.
Dogs are animals and live by their own standards of what is dirty or not. Be prepared that she may roll in a decomposed squirrel, eat human poop on trails (watch for toilet paper in the wild!), eat their own or another dog's vomit, clean their own butt etc. Afterwards they lick you if you let them :surprise:
By the way, never punish a pup for an "accident". It is totally on us.
 

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Thanks Heartandsoul for your response. I'm glad to know that it really might be the raw food that is changing this behavior. Another good reason to feed this way!
 

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I feed raw, and Beau will eat poop if I don’t give him enough organ meat daily. If he gets the right amount of organs (for him), he leaves the poop where it falls.
 

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Our older dog has done this his entire life. I think he's nearing 9 now. The only way to control it was to pick it up as soon as possible. He also knows the "leave it" command and would do so while you were watching him. But he's sneaky and would soon find a way to get back to what he wanted and eat it.

We have been feeding raw, prey diet, for several months now and this behavior seems to have stopped completely. Coincidence? I have no idea, but we are sticking with raw, and for more than just this reason. Anyone else have this experience?
There's way more undigested 'food' pooped out with kibble. It's not a coincidence.
 
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