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Old 03-29-2013, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I was just curious. We live on a large area of land, 7+ acres. All types of animals poop, mainly deer; they go potty in the yard.

Anyways, my dog tends to find his own poop and eat it. WTH?
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:23 PM
 
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Isn't it gross? But coprophagia (poop eating) is really common among dogs. Only one of my four does it (eats his own and his sisters') and only in the winter. Poopsicles. Ick. There are all kinds of "solutions" out there from feeding pineapple to giving pills to hot saucing the poop. What really works best is to just pick it up as soon as it comes out of your dog.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:56 PM
 
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She will eat anything lunch, she will eat anything for lunch, she will eat anything for lunch, but, she won't eat that!
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Penn Hills
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Nope, haven't seen that, but all three of my dogs will eat cat feces like it's the greatest treat ever. We bought special furniture (that look like benches) to put the litter boxes in because nothing else works
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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Dazzle does not eat his own poop but poop from other dogs ....well sadly he does that
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:58 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Nope, haven't seen that, but all three of my dogs will eat cat feces like it's the greatest treat ever. We bought special furniture (that look like benches) to put the litter boxes in because nothing else works
One of my dogs really loves to dine at the cat poop buffet.


I think the reason they do it is that cat food has more protein and fat in it, and because of that, cat poop has nutrients that the dog can use. But it doesn't make it any less gross.

I have seen worse things though...Ginger once found a dead dog in a field and ripped off a leg to eat before I could stop her.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:06 AM
 
Location: USA
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I was just curious. We live on a large area of land, 7+ acres. All types of animals poop, mainly deer; they go potty in the yard.

Anyways, my dog tends to find his own poop and eat it. WTH?
My puppy used to, but she grew out of it and I also got on her case the second she started lol. Yuck! You'd think with their enhanced sense of smell, they wouldn't go near it. Maybe us humans are missing out? lol jk.
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:31 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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Dazzle does not eat his own poop but poop from other dogs ....well sadly he does that

I had one dog who ate poop as a puppy and then outgrew it. One of the dogs I have now still does it at the ripe old age of 5, although not as often as she used to. Like Dazzle, she'll only eat another dog's poop. Apparently eating your own poop is disgusting to some dogs. As K9 Coach said, the only real answer is to be diligent in picking it up. When I let my dogs out, if I know my non-poop eating dog hasn't gone in a while, I try to stand there and watch. She knows why I'm doing this and used to try to eat it as it was coming out of the other dog! (OK, I know that might be TMI. Sorry) I did train her out of that, thankfully.
Cat poop and goose poop are very appealing to both my dogs. Litter boxes have to be inaccessible to them. And goose poop, well, I just have to be alert to what they're sniffing on our walks.

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Old 03-30-2013, 06:47 AM
 
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
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Yep, my girl is guilty. She's done that since I've had her (2 years now). The easiest for us is to pick it up as soon as she goes. Once in awhile we miss one, but she doesn't. The good thing, we have a poop free yard to walk around in.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:02 AM
 
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My two dogs used to eat their own poop as puppies, but they outgrew the habit. They also loved to try and eat poisonous frog carcasses while we were in Guam. Needless to say we always walked them on a leash!.
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