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Old 10-09-2009, 11:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dog eating Poop

Hey guys, I thought I would come here and see if anyone could help me remedy this situation, Two of our dogs are eating poop out in the yard, when we have them out they will search out poop and eat it, we have tried to keep it picked up, we do pick it up completely every other day at minimum, they will even poop and then eat it directly after, We have tried the ForBid on their food, and it does work, but only while it is in their system, within a week of taking them off of it, they went right back to this habit. We feed a good high quality food and dont think this is the issue. I wanted to know if anyone has had this happen and how you might have remedied the situation.


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Old 10-09-2009, 11:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A female rescue I had for a short time found poop quite appetizing. She liked to spend an awful long time in the backyard, refusing at times to come inside. I think out of sheer boredom she would pick up a turd and eat it. Maybe the food was to blame all along though. Although she was eating high premium kibble (I thought, till I joined this forum, Eukanuba was high premium).

What are you feeding your dog/s?
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Old 10-09-2009, 11:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Some use Pineapple seemed to help with Patches my Dachshund.
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I have the same problem with one of my dogs. I've caught him 3 times eating poop from the park. My older dog used to do it sometimes in the winter when it was frozen, but that was when she was younger. I have no idea why they do this, and hope someone has a clue. Could it be that they lack some vitamines or similar?

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Did some searching, and found someone saying its cause they lack proteins, and others saying cause it tastes good. Someone tried swapping food, and claimed it helped. If you are using high quality food, could it be that it makes the poop taste better? (Not that I can imagine, but dogs have a different appetite.. LOL) The pineapple helps prevent them eat their own poop, cause it makes the poop taste funny obviously.

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Old 10-10-2009, 07:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I've always heard that it's because of their food. Essentially, they end up not getting all the nutrients they need from the food the first time around, so they try it again.

Maybe try tinkering with their kibble. There's a lot of anecdotal evidence on DT from other members that the higher-quality kibbles don't always agree with Dobes.
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Old 10-10-2009, 07:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Many years ago I had an Irish Setter do this, the vet gave me something to put in his food for a short while and he stopped. I don't remember what it was, sorry. Maybe call the vet and ask. I have also heard pineapple works, but once you stop giving it will also be out of their system.
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Old 10-10-2009, 09:26 AM   #7 (permalink)
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yea charming you are probably talking about ForBid, its the same thing the vet gave us and we used it and it worked great, but only while they were on it, within a week of us stopping they went back to eating it. I am probably going to look at trying a different food once we are done with these bags, and see if that helps.

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There is a lot of anecdotal information about poop eaters and poop eating.

I've learned over the years, several things about the behavior.

Commonly dogs learn to eat poop from other poop eaters. Unfortunately.

It does have to do with food (sort of). Dogs like to eat cat poop because the high protein levels in cat food aren't completely digested and cat poop smells appetizing because of the protein residue.

Most dogs are not and do not become poop eaters because of pica (the behavior of ingesting odd, non food items like dirt and chalk etc)--it tends to be learned and/or because one or more dogs running in the same area are not fully digesting food and it (like cat poop) smells attractive.

Sometimes changing foods to something that is better utilized will stop the behavior but more often it doesn't.

Forbid and similar additives (papaya, pineapple, MSG and various meat tenderizers) nearly always work only while they are being fed to all dogs who poop in an area.

The only thing that I've ever seen work infallably is to pick up the poop immediately. As soon as it's on the ground.

I had one, and only one success story with a poop eater. It was a puppy who stayed with a friend who had a couple of poop eating bitches. After 10 days with them to learn from the puppy came home eating anyones poop--his if there was nothing else available. I started going out with both dogs and picking up immediately--after six months of that we had an ice storm and I ended up not going out with the dogs (too damned cold, wet and icy) and discovered that after that blew over realized that the puppy was no longer searching out and eating poop. YAY!

And as far as the dogs who normally aren't poop eaters but will do so if it is frozen...who knows!!! There are many who do this and no one seems to have a clue why frozen poop is so attractive.
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There is a lot of anecdotal information about poop eaters and poop eating.

I've learned over the years, several things about the behavior.

Commonly dogs learn to eat poop from other poop eaters. Unfortunately.

It does have to do with food (sort of). Dogs like to eat cat poop because the high protein levels in cat food aren't completely digested and cat poop smells appetizing because of the protein residue.

Most dogs are not and do not become poop eaters because of pica (the behavior of ingesting odd, non food items like dirt and chalk etc)--it tends to be learned and/or because one or more dogs running in the same area are not fully digesting food and it (like cat poop) smells attractive.

Sometimes changing foods to something that is better utilized will stop the behavior but more often it doesn't.

Forbid and similar additives (papaya, pineapple, MSG and various meat tenderizers) nearly always work only while they are being fed to all dogs who poop in an area.

The only thing that I've ever seen work infallably is to pick up the poop immediately. As soon as it's on the ground.

I had one, and only one success story with a poop eater. It was a puppy who stayed with a friend who had a couple of poop eating bitches. After 10 days with them to learn from the puppy came home eating anyones poop--his if there was nothing else available. I started going out with both dogs and picking up immediately--after six months of that we had an ice storm and I ended up not going out with the dogs (too damned cold, wet and icy) and discovered that after that blew over realized that the puppy was no longer searching out and eating poop. YAY!

And as far as the dogs who normally aren't poop eaters but will do so if it is frozen...who knows!!! There are many who do this and no one seems to have a clue why frozen poop is so attractive.
Maybe they really like poopsicles LOL.
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I've also heard about giving pineapple, dried alfalfa, etc. to all dogs so that it changes the taste of the poop (yuk)! In addition to trying one of these 'remedies', I would try being extremely diligent in picking up the poop ASAP. If there's a poop you may have missed & you need to let them out at night or if you want to try to correct the behavior during the day, perhaps a basket muzzle might work or you could walk them on a leash by the poop & when they sniff or try to eat it, correct them.

I have 2 small dogs & Sabrina has on occasion picked up one of their poops so I watch her like a hawk. She must think there tootsie rolls! My little dogs hated the pineapple BTW.

My little dogs have never eaten poop so she definitely didn't learn it from them. Also, Sabrina is on a premium food so that wasn't the cause either.
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Old 10-10-2009, 11:36 AM   #11 (permalink)
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WE pick it up everyday usually, but sometimes if its raining etc, we are unable and get out there every other day at minimum, but they will poop and then turn around and eat it right after before you have a chance to pick it up. I have tried the correction method, but it only works if they see me, then they wont go near it, but if im out of sight, they do it anyway.
So I guess Ill start trying some other remedies.
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I had this with one of my dogs. I did the immediate collection thing and that didn't work. I switched from kibble to raw food with bone content and that stopped it.

I believe it was because the kibble she was on was not fully digested and she was recycling for better extraction. The other dogs didn't pick up the habit before we switched to raw food. I think the raw food is more fully digested and the higher bone content in the food causes the poop to smell different. I would certainly try some smaller packs of different foods and see if that works (switching brands).
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I had a dog years ago that did this and I found it wasn't his food it was the treats. Any of the really tasty ones (especially jerky types/liver etc) seemed to pass right through and still enticed them. After I changed treats the problem was gone.
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I rescued a GSD who was locked in a kennel. He was a bone rack! He ate
his own poop. I think he did this out of desperation. But after I took him in
he still did it out of habit. I just had to go outside with him and pick it up
right away and after months and months he finally quit. I have heard that
pineapple works really well. The dogs like it and when it comes out it tastes
nasty. It is supposed to work. It is a hard habit to break regardless of why they do it. I guess it could be the dog food like one of the posters said. Good luck!
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Do they gulp their food down when they eat?

I work in a high end natural pet supply boutique and i have had a lot of customers with this problem and some times if they are gulping their food down they tend to be poop eaters.
If so you can try to slow down their food intake by turning a small bowl upside down in thair food bowl so they have to eat around it.

Otherwise I agree pinapple works great, and Solid Gold makes a product called SEP ( stop eating poop) that works as well.
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