My dog ?? eats poo
Eating feces by dogs is a very common problem. Many vets are confronted daily with (often distraught) owners who want to know how to ban this behavior.
Eating manure from herbivores (cattle / horses) is actually normal.
Eating dog barking is often seen in young dogs who, as a puppy, have had too few stimuli and / or have been housed in a kennel.
Often these are castrated animals (male and female), because of the increased appetite.
The smell of the stool determines whether it is attractive to eat.
That is why feces of dogs eating canned food is preferred; here are often many remnants of flavor enhancers!
A bitch who eats the stool of puppies shows normal behavior!
Owners are often at their wit’s end. Some even request euthanasia!
This unwanted behavior often starts during childhood and can become a deep-rooted habit if no action is taken.
It is often seen in animals that have had too few environmental stimuli in their (early) childhood, and have too often been alone for too long in the presence of feces; in other words, too long alone without their poo being cleaned up.
Animals with increased appetite can learn to eat feces more easily. Think of castrates (male and female), or animals with certain diseases that lead to more appetite.
Sometimes the result of improper toilet training: especially getting the muzzle through the excrement can cause habituation to the taste of feces.
Punishing uncleanliness can also lead to undesirable behavior: the animal learns quite easily that it can clean up the ‘proofs’!
Malnutrition: just as well as some owners feed their young dog much too hard, there are also many who are so afraid that their dog gets too heavy that they provide too little food.
Finally, certain medications can also lead to increased appetite, and therefore to poop eating. Incidentally, this usually concerns medicines that can not be given better in young animals, so this cause is very rare in young dogs!
From the following it will become clear that an important part of the ‘instruments’ required for the treatment of this extremely annoying and unsavory behavior can be provided by your trainers of the dog club: they can explain to you and learn with which techniques you can dog can best correct and reward.
Some treatment suggestions are
Leashed outlets, so that you can immediately correct them.
View (or show) whether the food meets all requirements.
Hunger feeling can often be suppressed by adding vegetables to the diet; famous are of course the green beans!
In dogs that eat their own shit, changing feed often helps; especially animals that get canned food and then switch to less tasty lumps often learn well. With these dogs, regular feeding and feeding often helps to be able to predict when a dog is going to do its job: you can anticipate and thus prevent the eating of your own stool.
Do not let the dog unleash in places with a lot of shit.
Generous relief of places where the dog is staying.
Try to improve the appeal on the dog with the right training method and with reward of good behavior by means of kibbles.
In dogs that do not compulsively eat poop (the milder cases), one can give the animal some more freedom by letting them walk a long line or by keeping them on command in the vicinity of the owner. At times when the animal threatens to go wrong and wants to eat a droll, a distraction tactic can be used by means of toys etc. Stopping the behavior must be rewarded immediately!
Young dogs can often be properly corrected with the voice in the undesirable behavior. First, there is a good relationship between owner and dog! If the animal stops the behavior, an exuberant reward and a lump must be given immediately!
Being active with the dog, playing, working, training etc. and the corresponding rewards, a dog often already offers
so much distraction and amusement that the unwanted behavior is automatically shifted to the background as it were.
Pineapple through the food spoils the ‘tasty taste’ of the own poo!
Animals with a compulsive form of shit-eating can often be removed from their habit only under very strict supervision and with the help of medicines (yes, anti-depressants).