Poop Eating??


Lilly girl!!
Barked: Mon Feb 1, '10 11:14am PST 
Does anyone's dog eat poop?? My Lilly has been eating my other dog's poop. We try very hard to pick it up right away. Our other dog is a Bullmastiff, so you can imagine the feast she can have. It is really gross. We have been feeding her 3 times a day and she also gets cookies in between. She should not be hungry. Anyone have any idea why she might be doing this? Any ideas on how to make her stop??

Any feedback would be great!!


Barked: Wed Feb 3, '10 3:50pm PST 
There are certain methods you can use to stop dog coprophagia. Keep basics in mind such as getting your dogs wormed regularly, having their vaccinations up to date, and feeding them a well balanced- nutritious meal.


*Use a pet product specially designed for this common problem.

*Add a little Pineapple, Pumpkin, or Spinach to your dogs meal. Apparently these things taste horrible in the poop. Alternatively, you can try putting a repellant substance like hot pepper or tabasco sauce directly onto the feces to make it unpleasant to eat.


*Do your best to keep the dogs living area clean of poop.


*Teach your dog the "off" training command. This is a basic obedience command, which your dog should respect if you have established yourself as the alpha dog..

*Use the "negative association" training method though the use of a prong or choke collar. Any time your dog starts to eat feces say No! and immediately give the lead a sharp tug. This provides a correction to your dog, and will establish that trying to eat poop is not a pleasant experience! You have to be consistent using this method, it must be applied every time not just some of the time.

* Walk the dog on leash so that you are in a better position to tell the dog 'leave it' and to physically keep the dog from trying to sniff and eat stools. Always praise your dog for listening. You can also reinforce the verbal praise with tidbits carried in a pouch.
There are products that you can apply to the stools that will discourage your dog from consuming them. Some are available from pet supply stores and others from veterinarians. These include Forbid.

* Some alternatives to drugs that work for some:

Add two to four tablespoons of canned pumpkin to the food bowl each day. Pumpkin apparently tastes good in food, but repugnant when expelled in excrement.

Add a spoon (teaspoon or tablespoon depending on the dog's size) of canned pineapple, pineapple juice or spinach to the dog's food.

Add some meat tenderizer or MSG to the dog's food.

Coat stools, following elimination, with hot sauce or lemon juice. Or booby trap sample stools by penetrating some left in the yard with hot sauce.

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Barked: Wed Aug 1, '12 8:45am PST 
We've been working on stopping the poop eating with Rocky, who BTW looks similar to your baby wink Try the different things the person above mentioned. The tobasco sauce didn't work for him. Apparently he LOVES hot sauce shrug What has worked is keeping him on a schedule. We can estimate around what time he's uses the bathroom and we use a negative marker (stop, away, nuh-uh -- whatever works for you) to signal him to step away. It's been working for us, but we need to keep an eye on him the best we can. We also invested in baby gates, that way he doesn't have free reign in the house and he can't sneak off to poo and eat it... gross!