The act of eating stool or feces is called coprophagia. Many animals in nature including bears, wolves, big cats, and other creatures are known to do this. The theory on ‘why’ they do it is simply because there are left over nutrients to be ‘mined’ from poop.
It also happens to be incredibly disgusting.
You should definitely get your dog to stop doing it right away.
Here are some tips on how to do that:
- Get your dog on a quality food. I would say that the majority of poop eaters that I meet are dogs on low quality dog food. Low quality foods are almost always rife with corn, soy, beat pulp and other fillers. Why are fillers bad? Simple. Dogs can’t digest them. In not being able to digest them they get pooped out in much the same way they went in.If you take a creature that isn’t so averse to the fact that this substance just exited from their derriere, allow them to realize that this smelly substance is very similar to the food they ate a few hours ago, how hard is it going to be to convince the dog not to eat it?
I can just picture the inner monologue the dog is having, “Wait a minute…you put it in my bowl and tell me it’s fine to eat it. When I eat it after I poop it out you get ticked off. What gives!?!
Look for foods that contain any amount of corn, beet pulp, soy, etc. and STAY AWAY! Guess what folks? Many vets recommend the absolute WORST dog foods out there. I’m not going to list the major brand name that is most often recommended…let’s just say it rhymes with Flience Fliet. Foods like that and others that are prevalent both at the pet store and also on commercials are not good for your dog. Fillers just drive up the price of the food because the dog has to eat so much more of it and often encourage a dog to turn to the dark side of coprophagia.
We recommend Flint River Ranch. It comes delivered to your door, no fillers, no preservatives, all human grade ingredients, etc. In most cases I’ve encountered, the simple changing to this food has fixed the dirty poop eating habit.
- Try some Pineapple. Give your dog a few chunks of pineapple with their food. Pineapple is fine for most dogs to eat. The acidity in it, though, can often change the taste of the poop so it is very un-appetizing. Why does poop need to be MORE un-appetizing you ask? I don’t know. But if you need to convince your dog of that fact you may find pineapple to be a help.
- Sprinkle some meat tenderizer on your dog’s food. Go to the grocery store and buy some meat tenderizer. Here is the catch, though. It has to be meat tenderizer that is mostly MSG. MSG gives a metallic taste to dog poop and can be pretty discouraging to the average copraphile…er…copraphagier…um…..poop eater. Now, many people aren’t too big a fan of MSG and what it can do to a living creature so that is something you’ll need to take into account.
- Keep your yard clean. Having a yard clean of feces is a good practice anyway and can take away temptation from a hungry scavenger.
- Correct your dog when he or she partakes in their dirty sin. You can use a leash correction, shake can, e-collar or other tool to correct your dog in the act.
I’ve given you 5 things to try to get your dog to stop eating poop. I’ve still never met the dog that can go toe-to-toe with all five of these ideas and still continue eating poo.