Like humans, dogs each have their own motives for their individual behavior. Dogs eat poop for various reasons, based on their age, their training, their living conditions and their diet. There are basically 5 different classifications, or reasons that your dog may be eating poop. Why Dogs Eat Poop –>


If you look at the pet products marketplace, there are 11 major brands of commercial coprophagia products. I thought it might be interesting to compare and contrast the various brands by ingredient (see the matrix below). In doing so, I found some pretty interesting things: Coprophagia Products Compared –>


One of the most commonly cited home remedies for coprophagia is feeding your dog specific vegetables. Broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts and many others are purported to turn your dog off from eating poop. What’s the idea behind this recommendation? And more importantly, does it work?

First, we should examine the science. Most of the vegetables that are commonly recommended are in the family Brassicaceae, which are commonly referred to as Cruciferous vegetables. Vegetables –>

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Ever wonder whether your dog’s coprophagia is dangerous to you or your family? To answer that question, we should first take a look at what the general human risks are when coming into contact with dog feces.

The most common risk to humans is Toxocariasis, a parasitic infection caused by roundworm that can be spread to humans. The eggs are passed in the feces of an infected dog, and may be transmitted to humans who come in contact with them. Humans are accidental hosts, so larvae can’t mature to full blown worms within humans, but they can certainly cause problems for those that are infected. Dog Poop Dangers –>

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Is Your Dog Eating Poop Because of Illness?

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If you do a bit of reading on the internet, you will find that there is really very little scientific knowledge on coprophagia. Sometimes there appear to be health reasons for the behavior. These situations are relatively rare, and to be sure, there are many perfectly healthy dogs that eat poop. However, it is always […]

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Pineapple For A Poop Eating Dog

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One of the most frequent recommendations I’ve seen for stopping coprophagia is pineapple. I have personally had no luck with pineapple, and after doing a bit of web research I’ve found lots of recommendations for it but very few documented success stories. Coprophagia is often said to be initiated by an enzyme deficiency. I’m sure […]

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Coprophagia Products – Deter Coprophagia Treatment

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Excel Deter is made by 8 in 1 Products of Long Island, New York. Believe it or not, 8 in 1 was founded 116 years ago as a manufacturer of birdseed formulated especially for canaries! Now it’s a division of a large conglomerate called Spectrum Brands, and 8 in 1 makes more than 1200 products. […]

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Coprophagia Home “Remedies” That Can Kill Your Dog

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If you spend any time searching on the internet, you will find dozens of recommendations for coprophagia home remedies. Everything from crushed up Certs candies, to garlic, pineapple, and dozens of other plants, foods and substances. Most of the recommendations I’ve seen are harmless, but some are downright dangerous, so I though it would be […]

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Which Dogs Are Likeliest To Eat Poop?

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A study conducted by researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands tracked 517 dogs that were classified as having behavioral problems by their owners. The purpose of the study was to identify the risk factors for coprophagic behavior. The researchers (Joanne A.M. van der Borg and Lisette Graat) developed a list of 15 possible factors […]

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Dogs That Raid The Litter Box

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Many people ask me what to do about dogs that like to raid the litter box of a cat that shares the same household.   One of the most common questions is whether one can feed cats coprophagia deterrents meant for dogs.  The short answer is no.

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