Behavior Mod.

Does Your Puppy Eat His Poop?

This one of those more disgusting subjects many puppies are prone to do. Your puppy eats his poop, and it is enough to make you feel like shouting at your shoes.  Are there any remedies for this habit? Well, there are a few things we can attempt to stop the fact your puppy eats his poop.

First we should point out your puppy is not strange because he does this. It is natural behavior since it is learned from the mother as she keeps the “den” clean. It is more common than many dog owners realize.

The most important point is to NOT startle the puppy by making a big issue out of it. Most grow out of it quickly.

Start to help the puppy break this habit by not allowing him or her to go near any defecation if possible. Sometimes this cannot be avoided when you have the pup out for play time in the yard, or for a walk in the park. One moment of distraction and if there is any poop close by the pup may decide to chow down.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

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  2. Lilly Bailey (Zanna)

    May 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    one really great remedy for Coprophagia is to feed the puppy some pineapple. this causes the feces to become bitter and the dog won’t want to eat it. it’s safe for puppy too and natural.

    • Ron Miller

      May 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Lilly — do you put pineapple juice on the poop? We had one dog who loved pineapple, so that wouldn’t have helped!! LOL! (Fortunately that dog didn’t have the poop-eating problem.)

  3. Marjorie

    May 17, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    We live in Dutchess County, NY. This county has the highest concentration of deer ticks in the country. Both of our dogs find deer poops to be their snack of choice. Can ingesting deer ticks cause a problem?

  4. tara

    May 17, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    my granddog has eaten poop since the moment she was rescued as a puppy. her momma has tried EVERYthing, but it does not work. she is going to be 6yo and still considers it a “delicacy”…..we are meticulous in cleaning up after her and her cousins, but she will spend her outdoor times sniffing, and rooting, to find the smallest bit.
    do we love her anyway??!! of course. and when that last nibble is taken care of, then playtime ensues…and it is an afternoon of romping, jumping, chasing, playing….until next time!!!
    oh to be a dog!!!

  5. Becki

    May 17, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    No. He eats other dogs’ poop. Aaargh!

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