This can be a terribly disgusting and frustrating experience for a pet owner. The last thing you want to see is your sweet pup taking a "Tootsie Roll" out of the cat's litterbox and chowing down and then coming over for some slobbery kisses!
Try to keep in mind that for your dog, this is perfectly natural and normal.
A dog's taste buds aren't quite as diverse of developed as human taste buds. We can tell sweet from salty and bitter from sour. Dogs can basically tell good, bad, or mediocre. Their reactions to taste are much more general than ours, so their main pleasure is derived from smell and texture instead. So to a dog, picking up poop -- be it from another dog or a cat, a rabbit or even a horse -- is an amazing treat for the nose and mouth.
Friends have told me this relates to his needing certain nutrients. Check w/your vet for specifics.
This was just on Oprah! The dog whisperer was on talking about this. You could probably go to Oprah.com and search for the dog whisperer to find out more.
There is a product called DISTASTE and it is sold at http://www.drsfostersmith.com and it REALLY works.
It ferments the feces and the dog will not eat it.
You need to use the pills for a few weeks until the habit is broken. I'm sure glad I found the product.
My vet says they really don't know why dogs do that.
You should try this website: http://www.mydogeatspoop.com
It had some great solutions. Including a product that Vets suggest.
My daughter has 6 big greyhounds. When I was at her house I expected the back yard to be littered with poop with that many big dogs. There was literally none. I got to watching and all of them eat the poop of the other dogs as soon as they go. Almost disgusting. I mentioned it to my daughter and she said it was normal. YUK!
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