Two of my dogs, Lacey and Ginger, have the bad habit of eating poop when I take them for walks. It seems Ginger taught Lacey this trick. I've tried different pills and powders with no luck. Sometimes I can pick it up fast enough, but not always. Scolding doesn't help either. Any ideas?
By MaryLou from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
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Hot sauce, chili powder, sprinkled on the piles.
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There are a few suggestions that posters here already mentioned, and a whole lot more. That trainer suggests the major causes of the behavior are generally behavioral patterns ( that can be un-learned), but also may be physical.
If the dogs are being fed once daily, up them to two feedings; also, if their diet is high-fat ( do they get a lot of table food?) the feces may actually smell good to them, like the last meal.
I'd go through the tips for behavioral re-training there, but don't discount the possibility of having the vet give them a once-over. Parasites can also contribute to this.
Try feeding about 1/4-1/2 cup FRESH (not canned) pineapple. The enzymes sometimes help w/ the coprophagia. Need to feed it forever, usually.
Victoria Stilwell, on Animal Planet, addressed this problem in "It's Me Or The Dog". One part of re-training is to feed your dogs something that will make their feces less appetizing. I think it was pineapple that she fed the dogs.
But other retraining methods are needed, as well. Maybe if you Google her show, there will be a web site where you can find this info in detail. Good luck!
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How do you get dogs to quit eating their poop?
Carol from Blairsville, PA
The son of a friend of mine lost the sight in one eye because he was always putting his hands in his mouth (chewing his nails, I think). The doctor said that this was the cause. (The parents weren't aware that the dogs were doing this.) He said that it comes from a parasite that attacks the eyes or the liver. (03/11/2008)
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