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Most of the dogs today have a dirty secret & it is, eating people. You are not the only one who hates this because there are many dog owners who hate this problem. Regarding vet, many dogs munch their own or other animal’s feces, & this is known to be “Coprophagia”
Why do dogs do this?
Normally there are many reasons behind it, your dog may be hungry or don’t have access to real food that he likes, or you are feeding inappropriate food to your dog. If you feed low-quality food, your dog will feel compelled to eat more of it in an attempt to satisfy the body’s craving for nutrients.
When dogs seek minerals lacking in their regular food, they begin to consume feces from other animals.
There are some psychological issues behind this “Coprophagia” as well. If you punish your dog for pooping in the house, he will think that poop is bad and will eat the evidence. Thus, it will turn into a habit, so speak to your dog instead of punishing.
If your dog stays in a kennel all day, he may get stressed & may relieve stress by eating feces.
Sometimes our puppies begin to wonder, about their surroundings, that way they may decide to take a nibble out of some feces as a step to exploration process.
- There is an all-natural product called “Prozyme” which can help your dog to stop eating feces. You need to add this to your dog’s regular meals.
- The most effective & proven way you can follow is to teach your dog to “leave it.” First, you need to put some good treat in your hand, & make sure that your dog knows it is there. Then close your hand into a fist, & hold it still. Your dog will nose all over your hand while getting the treat, but you should say Leave-it, and wait for him/her to stop nosing the hand. As soon as your dog stops, you can say “Yes” while giving the treat. Thus by repeating the process for 4-5 times, your dog will learn the command, & whenever you see him/her eating feces just use the command.
What to put in dog food to stop eating poop?
- You can use hot sauce or cayenne pepper to sprinkle one on the dog’s feces. This way the dog will feel discomfort after chomping once or twice on a spicy piece of poop, after that he will begin to think that poop is bad.
Emily Anna is a dog lover who is studying Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science at University of Bristol. She is a regular author of this blog & also a former author of Lucky Pet Dogs and One Dog Day Care.