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    My 3 year old spayed lab has started showing a ton of unwanted behaviors. A couple months ago she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that gives her polyarthritis when not treated with prednisone (she's on 15 mg/day now). She humps her blanket and other dogs/puppies obsessively. She will eat her own poop if given the chance and I've cleaned up the trash/recycling she's gotten into I don't know how many times!

    I have a feeling that all of these behaviors could be solved with more exercise. However, she's pretty active already (goes on runs, swims, walks, dog park, etc.) and I'm afraid increasing her activity level too much will make her joints hurt more.

    She doesn't get too much interaction with other dogs because she's our only one and we don't have friends with dogs. When we go to the dog park she's more interested in playing fetch...until she gets it in her mind to hump and then we need to go home because she bothers the other dogs too much.

    She's ALWAYS hungry - our vet said to feed her carrots and peas, as much as she wants, to fill up her stomach. However, we could give her a 5 lb. bag of carrots and still won't be satisfied! So she's taken to eating her own poop and eating trash (we've found whole plastic bags in her poop). We're trying our best to remove her poop from the lawn and keep all plastic bags out of reach. However, one little slip up and she's on them like a honing beacon!

    Please, please, please, can anyone help??

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    Re: humping, eating poop, eating trash!!

    Prednisone is a drug with multiple and powerful side effects. In high enough doses it can produce a form of psychosis. Assuming the dog is in the 70 lb. range (+/-), 15 mg/day is a significant dose, though I don't know exactly how these things work in dogs. I know that, in people, the personality changes from prednisone are sometimes treated with anti-depressants or anti-psychotic drugs.

    I'd just venture that your pooch is enjoying the experience less than you are. She sounds like she's wired, confused, and experiencing compulsions she can't control.

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    Re: humping, eating poop, eating trash!!

    Mental exercise is just as tiring, maybe even more tiring, than physical exercise and should be part of the daily routine. That alone will drain alot of the excess energy and might curb the humping.

    While poop eating can have many causes, the most common is undigested, 'still good' food. That often happens with foods that are high in grains and cereals which dogs have a hard time digesting completely. The only sure fire cure, no matter what the cause, is to clean-up right away.

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