Main > help... my dogs eating his shit... (38 replies)

by marci on 08 February 2007 - 21:02

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Can anyone explain and help me find the reason why my dogs, often puppies like... eating their shit (feaces). They particularly like it while its warm or from another animal like cats hit or from chickens and roosters. I hate it when they try to hit the sleeve... or when they lck you to say hello ...YUUUKS.... I avoid to much mineral supplements because they give the puppies a hard time defacating // the minerals particularly Ca is enough on their dogfood thats why their active... I should be giving them CaPO4 tabs once I see their teeth being replaced // but now they are as hard they can get. Anyone knows a REMEDY or preventive measure when your not watching you dogs...??? Shame on the manufacturers of DOGFOODS // Even the professional or expensive ones are no match to DOGSHIT..

by GSDLVR on 08 February 2007 - 22:02

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I am taking care of someone's dog who does it and it's disgusting, BUT... Solid Gold has this stuff I heard of called (brace yourself - it's funny) "S.E.P. (Stop Eating Poop)" that is supposed to work. Go to http://www.solidgoldhealth.com The stuff should be under supplements, I think. They also tell you why dogs do this...I think it has something to do with vitamin or mineral deficiency or something. Hope this helps!

by GSDLVR on 08 February 2007 - 22:02

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I am taking care of someone's dog who does it and it's disgusting, BUT... Solid Gold has this stuff I heard of called (brace yourself - it's funny) "S.E.P. (Stop Eating Poop)" that is supposed to work. Go to http://www.solidgoldhealth.com The stuff should be under supplements, I think. They also tell you why dogs do this...I think it has something to do with vitamin or mineral deficiency or something. Hope this helps!

by Videx on 08 February 2007 - 22:02

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Put a few small pieces of Pinapple in his food every day, for about a week.

by triodegirl on 08 February 2007 - 22:02

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My boy Jake (a.k.a. poop breath) enjoyed his turds best when they were frozen. I brought Jake to the vet one day and asked why a dog would eat his own crap. The answer? "Because he likes it." For that I paid $50. The only solution I found to work was to scoop up the piles before they even hit the ground. Jake is up in doggie heaven now no doubt doing what he loved best--feasting on frozen feces with a big shit eating grin on his face.

by LMH on 08 February 2007 - 22:02

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I've only had one dog that ever did this and I was totally grossed out. Only when he was a very young puppy. He never had much chance of success because I was laid up with a broken leg and when he would squat, I was ready with a paper towel and flushed it. But every so often he sneaked by me. I would say ick, ick in a very exaggerated voice and eventually it sunk in that mama disapproved. I read up on the possible causes--vitamin B deficiency, especially B12---which could show the onset of malabsorption problems (such as PI). My dog gets a B Complex vitamin daily (the equivalent of about 30-35 mg). I give it to him for another reason, but it might have helped eliminate his interest in stools. At 4 months that behavior stopped. I forgot to say pancreatic enzymes are necessary for the utilization of vitamin B12. Anyway, that's one possible theory. (I guess this is why you suggested pineapple, David) Another, which I have often pondered, is his intense prey drive, and sharpness. Such an instinctual pup--was it a survival tactic---get rid of any evidence of his scent. I have a friend that owns a border collie with that incredile prey drive--off the charts, actually. The dog has another disgusting habit of rolling around in other dogs feces, and eats his own when not supervised. Survival instinct??? I wonder.

by kristen_gsd on 08 February 2007 - 23:02

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I'm not saying it can't be a deficiency, but I've had dogs that eat their poop no matter what food you feed them, how much, or what you put it in. I've tryed Forbid, and it works for some, but others just ignore it. I have had someone suggest spraying the terds with cyanne pepper spray (however the heck that is spelled)...the really super hot red peppers! I can't imagine one wanting anything to do with a terd after getting a super hot one..lol. Although, haven't tryed it yet, so don't know. It is a super gross habit, though, and I wish I understood it a little better myself!

by amysue on 08 February 2007 - 23:02

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From my experience... all dogs will eat cat poop and will do almost anything to obtain this delicacy... even if they could give two sh..s about their own (pardon the pun). I have only had one dog that would eat her poop... but she has either grown out of it for the most part OR (more likely) stopped because I switched her food. The food I had been feeding is thought by many to be harder to digest completely (although my dogs were very healthy)... their poop seemed as though it was not biodegradable and would stay in the yard until I got around to gathering it. On the new food their poop turns white in a couple days and within a week disappears on its own. So my thoughts on the matter is that dogs don't eat poop due to a deficiency (I would think more of my dogs would have done it and wouldn't have been as healthy as they are) but due to it still tasting good and seeming like food to them (because it still had some nutrition in it - come on we know how rich cat food is).

by triodegirl on 08 February 2007 - 23:02

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My boy Jake (a.k.a. poop breath) enjoyed his turds best when they were frozen. I brought Jake to the vet one day and asked why a dog would eat his own crap. The answer? "Because he likes it." For that I paid $50. The only solution I found to work was to scoop up the piles before they even hit the ground. Jake is up in doggie heaven now no doubt doing what he loved best--feasting on frozen feces with a big shit eating grin on his face.

by triodegirl on 08 February 2007 - 23:02

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My boy Jake (a.k.a. poop breath) enjoyed his turds best when they were frozen. I brought Jake to the vet one day and asked why a dog would eat his own crap. The answer? "Because he likes it." For that I paid $50. The only solution I found to work was to scoop up the piles before they even hit the ground. Jake is up in doggie heaven now no doubt doing what he loved best--feasting on frozen feces with a big shit eating grin on his face.

by MI_GSD on 08 February 2007 - 23:02

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My old boy is loving this cold weather. It's easier to bring them right into the house. We call him the Turd Burglar.

by LMH on 08 February 2007 - 23:02

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triodegirl-- I thought your dog was hitting the enter key because of the duplicate posts--but something hit me the wrong way. "Jake is up in doggie heaven now"--that's not your black longhair male that we've all come to know--is it? I hope I'm way off here---but even your double post the other day, saying you were going to buy a black pup instead of breeding has my imagination working overtime. I hope I'm wrong, and your dog is well.

by Domenic on 09 February 2007 - 00:02

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I was told by a couple of professionals over the years that they eat poop because they can smell UNDIGESTED protein.I guess that's where the digestive enzymes and probiotics come in

by LMH on 09 February 2007 - 03:02

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Guess I was wrong. The things you read into these posts. Imagine that.

by wscott00 on 09 February 2007 - 03:02

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I have a 14 wk old puppy that eats his poop. iv noticed that he will throw up. he's still eating and pooping. but he'll eat it and a few hrs later throw up. has anyone heard if this?

by judgedredd1 on 09 February 2007 - 03:02

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I have noticed the same thing happening in the Congress and Senate, for the last 40 years. There may be no cure for it! Ha ha ha! I am just kidding, no offense to anyone. I couldn't help it!

by Bob-O on 09 February 2007 - 07:02

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Everyone, be aware that our dogs, unlike their wolf cousins, are scavengers first and hunters later. Some dogs do this, most do not. I have a female who does, but only her own. The supplements such as Distaste will stop this behaviour temporarily, but not forever. I think some will do it because the scavenger instinct is so strong. Others may do it because of a lack of nutrition or a mineral/vitamen deficiency. Disgusting, I know. They lick their bottoms as well, and we seem to accept that more than we do the eating of poo. While most dogs will not eat his/her own turds, no healthy dog will ever turn down a cat turd or a pile of horse poo. It is the scavenger mentality. MI GSD, I laughed so hard that I nearly woke my wife when I read the nickname "Turd Burglar", as I thought that was a Bob-O original nickname for a wonderful GSD who is long gone from this world. Not her own-Just the ones made by the cat. She was very stealthy about this, and would pick up the litterbox by the handle and carry it to a discreet location-and do it with silence. Ah, but the breath always gave her away! Bob-O

by Oskar1 on 09 February 2007 - 08:02

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Hi there, My pups do that aswell. I believe they learn it from mum. The first 3 weeks mum licks up all the droppings of the pups,with the intension to keep the whelpingbox clean. She will even continue when the pups get older, but due to the amount the little ones drop after a while, she will stop doing it. Many times i am able to pick it up before they get to it, but i just cannot be around all the time. My experience is that they will stop eventually, but it sure is yucky, especially when they try to give you a kiss right after......! Regards Ulli Dresbach

by Haus Simpkins on 09 February 2007 - 20:02

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something called de-ter its a tablet mkx it in with there food and in three days no more poop eating

by lonewolf on 09 February 2007 - 20:02

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Nothing better than having your dog panting in your face with poop in his back teeth. Cat pooh of course, such a treat from the park. Makes you just wanna give em a big kiss don't it?

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