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Old 10-08-2014, 10:15 AM
 
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We've had that problem with our Aussie mix, Teddy, who is now 20 months old. He has been a relentless yard snacker. I do pick it up once or twice a day, but he was still finding bits I had missed.

Commercial food additive (ForBid) didn't work. Wasted $40.

Pineapple, green beans, pumpkin added to his food -- didn't work. Still I add the vegetables to fill him up more without adding many calories.

Two things seem to be working:

1. A digestive enzyme chewable with every meal.
2. A Garmin e-collar, which requires that I monitor him closely. We needed it anyway because he was romping through a muddy pond and eating the frogs. We have never had to jolt him. A quick vibration from the collar is all that's needed. Now he steers clear of the water in the pond, and I haven't seen him eating poop in almost a month. But he still catches and eats grasshoppers.

I think the enzymes had a lot to do with our (knock wood) success.
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Old 10-08-2014, 01:42 PM
 
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As noted, it's gross but not "bad" for them (unless it's a stranger dogs poop).

Our Daisy always did this. We don't know why. She would stop for a few weeks and then apparently the cravings began again...and she was too much of a poop addict to just say no. Bless her heart. We tried everything (food additive, cayenne pepper, better diet, supplements, etc, etc) and the only thing that worked definitively was picking it up right after it came out.

Sometimes if you only feed once a day, you might try splitting the food to two meals a day, you might see a difference. Unless the urge gets too great again. LOL
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:11 PM
 
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They make what is called a poop guard for muzzles for greyhounds so I got Dazzle one and made him wear it at the dog park for quite a while. Well beginning on Day one he decided if he could not eat it he could at least still smell it so would go smash that muzzle's poop gaurd right into a usually very soft messy poop then come running to show everyone . Everyone would be pushing him away and I know he was grinning thinking he was such a clever funny boy. I did post a photo of him in his poop covered muzzle on here.
LOL...proud boy your Dazzle! Showing off his new poop smeared muzzle. I'm sorry it's just a visual!

...and thank you for that dramatic visual! (Ha!)

But that did answer my question. Thank you!
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:25 PM
 
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I wouldn't. Eating poop isn't actually bad for them. It grosses us out, but it doesn't hurt them. Moms clean up after their puppies that way, after all. Eating a strange dog's poop that might contain worms would be the only problem, but of course, that would be on a walk, and you wouldn't let him anyway.
And soooo many people let their dogs lick them on the face. Think about those who "kiss" their dogs on the "lips".

Hey, just feed the dog what you eat and everyone can share. I mean, really?
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:34 PM
 
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Hey, dogs do plenty of disgusting things with their mouths besides eat poop. Anyway, it's a fact that eating the poop isn't bad for them. Whether that affects how someone deals with poop eating is up to them.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:57 PM
 
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Also put chunks of pineapple in the food and there are additives at the pet store to put in the food all to keep them from the bad habit. Also feeding three to 4 times a day or leave food down all day will help. It all else fails catch them at it say bad dog in low tone ..after a few times of training the dog will stop. Also keep it picked up until the habit is broken . The dog can get worms and other diseases.

Good luck... All my rescue dogs had the habit. I think it was because there was so much competition for food in rescue areas.
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Old 10-11-2014, 03:49 PM
 
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Also put chunks of pineapple in the food and there are additives at the pet store to put in the food all to keep them from the bad habit. Also feeding three to 4 times a day or leave food down all day will help. It all else fails catch them at it say bad dog in low tone ..after a few times of training the dog will stop. Also keep it picked up until the habit is broken . The dog can get worms and other diseases.

Good luck... All my rescue dogs had the habit. I think it was because there was so much competition for food in rescue areas.
None of those things worked with Teddy. I even took a bottle of Tabasco outside and "seasoned" a couple piles, and then waited. Incredibly, the hot sauce didn't deter him.
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Old 10-12-2014, 03:23 PM
 
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There are a couple reasons I've known why they do this.

One is, it smells just like their food so they'll eat it.

Females have a tendency to do this and it goes back to wild wolf pack thinking. To protect it's young the female would remove any scent of them, including their poo.
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Old 10-12-2014, 03:59 PM
 
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Lol!

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none of those things worked with teddy. I even took a bottle of tabasco outside and "seasoned" a couple piles, and then waited. Incredibly, the hot sauce didn't deter him.
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Old 10-12-2014, 04:28 PM
 
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We've had many fosters and rescues do this. I have had a few of my own puppies do this, but not for long once we trained them not to. On the other hand, with most dogs who do this there really doesn't seem to be a defined reason, they just do it. I have one dog that licks the tile floor. You can do anything you want to stop it, but she will continue licking the floor every day.
If your dog uses the backyard then I would take the dog to a designated spot (we have a 10' x 10' sand pit) so that you can just rake it up and dispose without having to run all over the yard to find the piles. The key is to pickit up as soon as the dog is done.
Otherwise, I have tried all the other stuff pineapple, etc without any success. Good luck!
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