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Tips To Get Your Dog To Stop Eating Poop


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Tips To Get Your Dog To Stop Eating PoopThe act of eating stool or feces is called coprophagia.  Many animals in nature including bears, wolves, big cats, and other creatures are known to do this.  The theory on ‘why’ they do it is simply because there are left over nutrients to be ‘mined’ from poop.

It also happens to be incredibly disgusting.

You should definitely get your dog to stop doing it right away.

Here are some tips on how to do that:

  1. Get your dog on a quality food.  I would say that the majority of poop eaters that I meet are dogs on low quality dog food.  Low quality foods are almost always rife with corn, soy, beat pulp and other fillers.  Why are fillers bad?  Simple.  Dogs can’t digest them.  In not being able to digest them they get pooped out in much the same way they went in.If you take a creature that isn’t so averse to the fact that this substance just exited from their derriere, allow them to realize that this smelly substance is very similar to the food they ate a few hours ago, how hard is it going to be to convince the dog not to eat it?I can just picture the inner monologue the dog is having, “Wait a minute…you put it in my bowl and tell me it’s fine to eat it.  When I eat it after I poop it out you get ticked off.  What gives!?!

    Look for foods that contain any amount of corn, beet pulp, soy, etc. and STAY AWAY!  Guess what folks?  Many vets recommend the absolute WORST dog foods out there.  I’m not going to list the major brand name that is most often recommended…let’s just say it rhymes with Flience Fliet.  Foods like that and others that are prevalent both at the pet store and also on commercials are not good for your dog.  Fillers just drive up the price of the food because the dog has to eat so much more of it and often encourage a dog to turn to the dark side of coprophagia.

    We recommend Flint River Ranch.  It comes delivered to your door, no fillers, no preservatives, all human grade ingredients, etc.  In most cases I’ve encountered, the simple changing to this food has fixed the dirty poop eating habit.

  2. Try some Pineapple.  Give your dog a few chunks of pineapple with their food.  Pineapple is fine for most dogs to eat.  The acidity in it, though, can often change the taste of the poop so it is very un-appetizing.  Why does poop need to be MORE un-appetizing you ask?  I don’t know.  But if you need to convince your dog of that fact you may find pineapple to be a help.
  3. Sprinkle some meat tenderizer on your dog’s food.  Go to the grocery store and buy some meat tenderizer.  Here is the catch, though.  It has to be meat tenderizer that is mostly MSG.  MSG gives a metallic taste to dog poop and can be pretty discouraging to the average copraphile…er…copraphagier…um…..poop eater.  Now, many people aren’t too big a fan of MSG and what it can do to a living creature so that is something you’ll need to take into account.
  4. Keep your yard clean.  Having a yard clean of feces is a good practice anyway and can take away temptation from a hungry scavenger.
  5. Correct your dog when he or she partakes in their dirty sin.  You can use a leash correction, shake can, e-collar or other tool to correct your dog in the act.

I’ve given you 5 things to try to get your dog to stop eating poop.  I’ve still never met the dog that can go toe-to-toe with all five of these ideas and still continue eating poo.

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  • February 26, 2015

    I never knew that pineapple would work!! My dog Bear eats my neibors dogs poop can we can’t get him to stop. Thank you so much for the facts

  • Lulu
    March 15, 2015

    Is there another type of dog food that can stop having them eat poop

  • September 22, 2016

    I adopted a beagle from a Refuge which closed down the puppy factory she’d been in for 7 years. Candy is the loveliest dog – sweet natured, easy going, playful and loving … but, if she can, she eats her own poop. I can prevent this when she’s on the lead but when she’s in the garden she gets there first ! Thank you for these tips – I’ll try the pineapple and downgrade her food. At present she’s on high quality biscuits for sterilised dogs, so presumably lots of fillers that don”t get digested. I’ll post the result in a week or 2 !

  • November 12, 2016

    I feed a very high-quality dog food, keep the yard clean, have caught them in the act and have used MSG. No success. When I turn my back they are at it.
    I have not fed pineapple. Are you talking fresh or canned?? Won’t this give diarrhea? And they won’t eat that.

  • November 29, 2016

    My shih-tzu won’t stop eating the cat poop from outside…Help? I just don’t know what to do..?

  • December 16, 2016

    Will the pineaple only stop them from eatingtheir own poop, or all poop?

  • January 3, 2017

    I feed Taste of the Wild fish, even though it contains potatoes which is ok for my kiddos as they arent allergic to it. I really like whitefish Pulsar because its grain free and also potato free which I’ve come to find out that a good amount of dogs are allergic to it. A lot of dogs are allergic to grains (wheat, corn, chicken[these animals eat grain], lentils (peas), potatoes, duck, rabbit, pork..a lot of the dark meats seem to make the dogs itch and brake out. Not many people think about chicken being considered grain. But they EAT grain, so they aren’t really to be considered a grain free food. Stay AWAY from the Science Diet foods. We’ve had our grooming clients take their dogs off SD and put them on a grain free food and oh look! remember when the dog was itching and or had sores and nasty ears??? Well now that you’ve change from Science Diet to a true grain free food…no more vet visits for those annoying problems! Yay! No, you probably won’t see the affects right away. Some dogs have to go through 2 to 3 bags for you to see change. They have to cycle out the bad food and basically form to the new.

  • January 10, 2017

    My dog is on a high quality food, we’ve tried pineapple, that didn’t work & we tried pumpkin too… My 12 year old Italian greyhound is disgusting! What I’ve noticed is when he turned 10 years old he started having seizures and eating poop more than ever! Can you recommend anything else?
    Jackson, Mi

  • January 26, 2017

    We have tried the pineapple and it doesn’t work. I’ve read that MSG can cause brain damage in dogs so that concerns me.

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