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
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!
Hot sauce, chili powder, sprinkled on the piles.
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.
Check out this link: http://www.dog-obedience-training-r ... w.com/stop-dogs-eating-dog-poop.html
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.
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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)