Dog Chat forum: Poo Eating Puppy

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Imagethreegardeners
Jun 13, 2010 6:30 AM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
I've never had a puppy that's done this...is it a Westie thing maybe? If I don't catch her when she does it she eats it.
A self-cleaning puppy?

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ImageLiz
Jun 13, 2010 1:24 PM CST
Name: Liz
SF Bay Area, California
It's a problem called coprophagy and it's not unique to Westies--lots of dogs do it. My late Sheltie had that nasty habit too--I managed it by making sure I picked up the yard promptly and that pretty much solved the problem. I never left him outside unsupervised because the yard was only about 3/4 fenced so it wasn't too much of a problem to catch things quickly. If he's eating his own poo, supposedly feeding them some pineapple makes it taste bad so they won't do it, but the pineapple gave my dog diarrhea so I decided picking up the yard regularly was a better fix! I think there might be some other things you can buy too to mix in their food and keep them from doing it.

Here are a couple articles:
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2 1551&aid=155
http://dogs.suite101.com/article.cfm/why_is_my_dog_eating_po...
Imagepastime
Jun 16, 2010 5:57 AM CST
Name: Diana
Northern Illinois boonies
My dog doesn't eat his own poo, but goes to the pasture and eats horse poo instead. Oh, stinky breath! If the farrier comes out we have to make sure all hoof clippings are picked up otherwise he'll munch on those. Hoof clippings are really stinky.
Imagethreegardeners
Jun 16, 2010 2:11 PM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
LOL at horse poo!!

Thanks for those links Liz. The hardest part is getting her away from it quick. I don't want to be saying "good girl" for going outside and then 5 seconds later yell at her for trying to eat it! Talk about confusing the poor thing.

ImageLiz
Jun 16, 2010 9:42 PM CST
Name: Liz
SF Bay Area, California
Maybe try one of the food additives then--that should make it taste bad and hopefully make her give up the habit quickly!
ImagePoochella
Jun 17, 2010 9:21 PM CST
Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
Relax. It's only a small setback.
What is IN hooves that is so darn appealing to the canine taste bud, let alone in poop? Our dogs clamor around the outside of the goat enclosure when we trim hooves just praying a sliver of hoof will fly their way.

The same dogs used to wake me up at eyeball level in bed breathing eau de' cat litter box right in my face. So gross. There's got to be some magnificent little ingredient remaining after digestion that still attracts the dog. It certainly has no attraction for me Big Grin
Imagepastime
Jun 18, 2010 6:47 AM CST
Name: Diana
Northern Illinois boonies
I don't get it either. Chewing on a stinky, old hoof is so gross. I just read that Walmart sells cow hooves for dog treats. I guess there are essential vitamins in animal hooves. I don't care what they say, Buster is not going to get any trimmings if I can help it.
ImageAguane
Jun 28, 2010 9:21 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
This day my Bert dog followed a pooping horse around like it was a Pez dispenser. (Bert is the Standard Poodle, of course Rolling on the floor laughing ) He loved the stuff. Never ate dog poo. I read once that a dog eating dog poo was a sign of respect. How a psychologist could come up with that diagnosis escapes me.

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ImagePoochella
Jun 28, 2010 9:59 PM CST
Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
Relax. It's only a small setback.
Aguane wrote:...like it was a Pez dispenser.


So funny! Thanks for the guffaw. We have ample horse poo around here too and you'd think Purina itself had dropped off an entire shipment the way the dogs are attracted. What I don't get is that horses are herbivores so there shouldn't be much residual in there to attract a carnivore. So what is the attraction? Fresh alfalfa breath?



Imagepastime
Jun 30, 2010 7:13 AM CST
Name: Diana
Northern Illinois boonies
Pez dispenser!You crack me up. I can picture it now. There's something mighty delicious in them droppings. In the winter they are poocicles. Our Rottie used to try to bring them inside. He always had a certain look on his face when he was hiding a poocicle in his mouth. He never succeeded.

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