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I have 2 small dogs that are both about 1. One of my dogs is always eating my other dogs feces. She loves it! They are litter box trained and I try to clean it up right away of course, but sometimes she gets to it before I do. She will follow him over when he needs to go to the bathroom just so she can get it right away. It is gross and I am thinking it can't be good for her to eat feces. They eat the same food and she does eat the food. They have access to food & water all day. They also have lots of toys, etc to stay entertained. They are not left home alone much at all so I don't think this is due to stress. Does anyone know how to solve this issue? Is there something that I can put in the food so that the feces will be less appealing....like that will make the feces have a bad taste (if that is possible!!!)?
 

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There are products you can buy to add to the food that supposedly help. I don't have personal experience. A couple of them are called For-bid and Dis-Taste. And Solid Gold makes a product called Stop Eating Poop. (LOL). I think others have advised pineapple juice.

Have you tried any of these?
 

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here are the top 20 reasons why dogs eat their poo: this is a GENERAL statement and not pointed at anyone for any reason, they are just posted for to see if one or more fit your situation, they are NOT meant to offend anyone, just simply learning.


1. Your dog might be hungry. If your dog doesn't have access to food, he might eat poop.

2. Some dogs will eat poop to clean up an area like a housekeeper. This is most likely if your dog is confined to a crate or kennel, or when he's chained up or otherwise restricted.

3. If your dog likes to carry poop, and then eat it, it could be genetics. Some dogs have instincts to carry stuff in their mouths.

4. Your dog might be eating poop because of parasites or worms. They can suck nutrients out of your dog, driving him to eat poop. It might also leave him extra hungry because of the lack of proper fuel.

5. Your dog might be eating cat poop or other animal poop to get key nutrients and minerals not available in his own food.

6. Some dogs will simply eat poop to pass the time. Dogs will eat poop because they are bored or lonely. It can be a sign of neglect.

7. Your dog might eat poop because he's anxious, nervous or otherwise upset. Stress will drive animals to do odd things.

8. Some dogs will eat poop to hide the evidence. If you punish your dog for pooping, he might eat it to stop you from getting angry.

9. If your dog has puppies, she might eat puppy poop. This is an instinct to hide the poop from predators. Poop is evidence. Getting ride of it keeps her puppies safe.

10. Some young dogs and puppies will eat poop as a novelty. That is, they'll eat poop as an experiment. They don't know better.

11. If your dog watches you pick up poop, he might learn to do the same. This is called allelomimetic behavior. Your dog observes you and learns from you, by putting the poop in his mouth you put poop in a bag.

12. Your dog might see others dogs eating poop. From this, they learn to eat poop too.

13. Many dogs simply like the taste of poop. This obviously doesn't make sense to dog owners but that's irrelevant. Some dog like to eat it and that's that. It's warm, moist, and very much like what your dog was given as a very young puppy.

14. If your dog food lacks key nutrients, he might eat poop. Your dog is trying to get "food" with nutrients any way possible, even from his own poop.

15. Sometimes dog poop seems like dog food. This can happen when dog food is low quality and includes materials that are easily passed and not absorbed by your dog. When the dog poops, it seems to be very much like the food he just consumed!

16. In some cases, dogs will eat poop if they are given too much food. This is especially true if your dog's diet is high in fat.

17. Some dogs will eat poop to gain attention. Many dog owners get very upset when their dog eats poop, which means the dog gets attention. This is a wonderful opportunity for your dog to interact with you, although it is because of negative attention.

18. It is possible that some dogs will eat the poop of other, more dominant dogs. Your dog might be more submissive than other dogs, resulting in strange poop eating behavior. This seems to occur more in households with multiple dogs where dominance and submission is a factor. Obviously this doesn't explain much about dogs eating cat poop or other animal poop.

19. It is possible that your dog wants to eat more than one time per day. If you only feed your dog once per day, and your dog eats poop, it could be an indication they want to eat more frequently.

20. In some cases, your dog will eat poop by accident. Dogs are curious and will try to eat almost anything, including poop. Dogs explore the world through taste and smell, much more than humans.

Summarization: Why Dogs Eat Poop

So, now you have seen 20 reasons why dogs eat poop. It could be a signal for higher quality food, more food, less food, or more frequent meals. It could be related to your dog’s desire for more attention and interaction. Your dog might be eating poop out of instinct whereas in other cases it might a learned behavior from you or by watching other dogs.
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again, i am not posting this to offend or direct this to anyone imparticular, i am just putting it out there for a learning tool. pure and simple
 

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I have a Shorkie and a Lab. My Shorkie for like the first year use to eat my Labs poop. She loved it so much she would actually wait just underneath his tail when he was outside doing his bussiness. He couldn't get it out fast enough for her! I was soooooo discusted by it. She stpped doing it after a few months. We never figured out why she was doing it. It never hurt her. I just didn't let her lick y face for a while!
 

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Cracker was a world class poo eater when she was young. I was so stressed about people not cleaning up after their dogs because of this. She never ate her own, always other's. One time she came home after a day out with me and vomited it all up in my living room..no carpets thank dog and I've never dealt with ANYTHING quite that gross..even after working at a vet for eight years. I tried a lot of different things (including a citronella remote spray collar..before I "gave up" punishment as a training tool). Nothing seemed to work well.
I figured it was a learned habit as she and her littermate, before the raid on the crack house had been quite neglected in the food and water department. I'm pretty sure they ate each others feces for a lack of food.
Anyway, I managed it best I could but it would still happen occasionally (pick up after your dogs people!). Then when Cracker had to go on medication for her extreme Separation anxiety the behaviour stopped...just like that. I was astounded, and felt somewhat guilty that what I was dealing with with punishment earlier was actually related to anxiety.
Not saying your dog does it for that reason, as Pepper has said there are many reasons why a dog would eat feces, but I WAS surprised to find out the cause with Cracker. Poor pup. She probably felt that if she didn't eat everything around that was remotely edible she would starve.
 
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