Why Dogs Eat Poop and How to Stop It (Coprophagia)

Why Dogs Eat Poop and How to Stop It (Coprophagia)


Most times, dogs have some habits considered
nasty, such as rolling over dirty places, rummaging through the garbage, or drinking
water from the toilet. But there is a very common behavior among
them, which can make people disgusted: eating their own poop! Ew! Does your dog eat their own feces? What people consider a very disgusting behavior,
for dogs is just as normal as eating any other food. A dog can eat its own feces, their puppies’
feces, and even the feces of other animals. Cat poop, for example, has a high concentration
of protein, and dogs consider its smell is considered very pleasant. However, there are other causes that can motivate
a dog to eat feces, and some of them are related to your friend’s health. Coprophagia may be associated with deficiency
of some nutrients, or even related to worms. It is important to take your pet to the vet
to check if there is any nutrient deficiency. Usually, dogs who have just had puppies eat
their feces to keep their den clean. And puppies tend to play with their own poop,
a behavior that usually disappears as they grow older. Besides that, a lack of activity and physical
exercise can also be a cause of coprophagia. Another reason may be an overvaluation of
feces by the dogs owner. But, how can it be? Many times, to avoid this behavior, the owner
runs to collect the feces as soon as the dog evacuates. This situation may increase the dog’s interest
in its poop. Isn’t it interesting? If you do it, stop doing it and see the changes. Gently move the dog from the place, remove
the poop and then, give the animal some reward. It can be a good scratch behind the ears,
a treat, or anything else that your dog likes. But never beat or yell at your dog! Not only does that not solve the problem,
but it can even worsen the situation! Other reasons for the dog to eat their own
poop may be boredom, stress, or anxiety. Try to turn your house into a fun place to
stay, with many challenges and toys of different textures. If possible, try to feed your dog with a toy,
like a Kong, a plastic bottle, or a pet ball, to stimulate the use of mental and physical
energy while eating. Depending on the situation, you may also want
to try changing the brand of your dog’s food. Try also feeding the animal some foods such
as papaya and pineapple, which leave a very characteristic smell on feces, which dogs
find very unpleasant. Offer small pieces since papaya in excess
softens feces, and too much pineapple may irritate their stomach. Try it and tell us how it went. If you need help, talk to a professional. Both a behavior expert and a veterinarian
can be very helpful in these cases.

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