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Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

why do dogs eat poop

Dogs usually eat poop because of issues with their food or overall gut health. However, it can be a result of disease, dietary insufficiencies or behavioral problems.   It’s important to evaluate all of the possible reasons and consider your dog’s age, training, living conditions and overall diet.

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While poop eating is a difficult (and disgusting) problem from a pet-parent perspective, it’s actually pretty normal. About 16% of all dog owners have this problem at some point in their dog’s life.

Poop eating behavior is called coprophagia and it can be caused by many different things, most of which you can read about below. However, be aware that most of the time it comes down to two things: diet and gut health.  I’ll tell you how to troubleshoot and deal with these issues later in this article.

So, why is your dog eating poop?  It could be any of the following:

Instinctual Reasons: Your Dog Was Born to Eat Poop!

Before dogs were domesticated they were scavengers, living off of whatever they could find. Dogs commonly fed on the waste of other animals (and other dogs) thousands of years ago. Poop eating may just be a remnant of dog history.

In certain situations, as with a newborn litter of puppies, eating poop is instinctual and completely normal. A mother with pups is wired to keep her den clean so as not to attract predators with scent cues. Thus, she quite often will clean up after her young by consuming their poop.

For households with multiple dogs there is often a pecking order of dominant and submissive roles. Submissive dogs will sometimes eat the stool of their dominant counterparts.

Another rather interesting phenomenon is when multiple dogs are in the same household and one gets sick, the healthy dog will sometimes eat the feces of the unhealthy dog. This may be an instinctual reaction to hide the weaker dog from “predators” much as a mother does with pups.  It may also have to do with parasites.

A recent study from the University California at Davis surveyed 3,000 dog owners that had poop eating problems. The only commonality that they found among all these dogs is that more than 80% had a preference for poop that is less than two days old.

Benjamin Hart, a veterinarian who directs the Center for Animal Behavior at Davis suggests that this preference for fresh feces goes back to dogs’ wolf ancestors over 15,000 years ago. Wolves usually defecate outside of their dens because feces contain intestinal parasite eggs.

However, if a young pup or injured wolf did happen to poop in the den, the waste didn’t become dangerous for a couple of days because it usually takes at least 48 hours for parasite eggs to hatch into infectious larvae.

By “cleaning up” quickly, wolves were able to avoid parasite infections, and that behavior has propagated to modern dogs.

Environmental Reasons: Seasonality

For some reason, outside temperature can have a significant impact on poop eating behavior.  In fact, during the cold winter months, this site gets 4x as search traffic from terms like “why dogs eat poop” than in the middle of the summer.   Much of our traffic also comes from cooler northern climates.

If you look at Google trends over the past 5 years you can clearly see these seasonal fluctuations.  What is causing this?  We don’t know for sure, but my theory is that seasonal changes in the microbiome (gut health) of dogs has an effect on their behavior.

As a side note, there are many dogs that only eat poop that they find frozen in the snow, or “poopsicles” as some people have taken to calling them.

Behavioral Reasons: Dogs Are “A” Students

Dogs pick up things quickly and will often learn things that you don’t want them to. For instance, consider a dog that is punished for a housebreaking accident. If he is punished by having his nose rubbed in poop (which is absolutely not a good way to deal with the problem) he may try to “dispose of the evidence” the next time around.

If you clean up after your dog while he looks on, he may misunderstand your intent and try to copy your actions in some fashion by “picking up after himself”. Your dog might also see other dogs eating poop and learn the behavior from them.

For puppies, eating feces may simply be a learning experience. Puppies learn things by putting nearly everything that comes in front of them in their mouth. Most puppies will develop a distaste for poop in fairly short order. So, if your dog is a puppy, you can relax… chances are that they will change their behavior in due time. Just make sure you keep an eye on things and try to remove waste whenever possible so that your dog doesn’t develop bad habits.

In many cases, a dog’s behavior can be linked directly to the owner’s behavior. Many dogs will eat stool simply for the attention that they get from their owner. Negative attention is still attention, and owners who scold their dogs for the behavior will quite often only reinforce it.

Dogs that are bored and lonely may play with and eat stool as a pastime. Karen Becker, a prominent naturopathic vet believes that dogs from puppy mills are at particular risk of coprophagia as well as all kinds of other behavioral issues.

And, some dogs may resort to eating stool because they are not getting enough real food. If a dog’s living area is not kept clean, some dogs will resort to their own “housekeeping” efforts by eating stool.

Health Reasons: Your Dog Might Have a Problem

If your dog eats poop, you should make sure it’s not because of a health issue. Some dogs will start eating poop when they aren’t absorbing enough nutrients, they have parasites, or they have issues with their pancreas.

All dogs that exhibit poop eating behavior should be examined by a veterinarian.


Of particular concern is exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). This is a condition where the dog’s pancreas in no longer producing enough enzymes to digest its food properly.  Coprophagia is one symptom of this condition, but other things to look for are weight loss and diarrhea. If left untreated, dogs with EPI will die of malnourishment.

Dogs with EPI may not show visible symptoms until 80-95 percent of the pancreas has atrophied, so it’s important to get your dog to the vet if it’s eating poop.

SIBO & Malabsorption

Similar in symptoms, and sometimes a result of EPI, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition where the number of bacteria in your dog’s bowel increase far beyond the normal numbers and start to damage the absorptive surface of the bowel.

Because of the damage, the absorption of digested food into the bloodstream is restricted as it passes through the bowel.  This causes malnourishment, weight loss, diarrhea, and if left untreated, death.

Intestinal Parasites

Depending on where you live, there are any number of worms, protozoa, and other nasty parasites that may take up residence in your dog’s gut.  These often interfere with digestion, which in turn can cause poop eating behavior.

Some dogs with parasites are completely asymptomatic, so it’s important to get a work up from your vet.

Dietary Insufficiencies & Enyzmes

A dog’s digestive system is dependent on a specific mix of enzymes to break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats. There is some evidence that suggests that dog digestive systems haven’t quite caught up to modern diets that include less animal protein and far more carbohydrates and plant proteins. Some veterinary nutritionists have suggested that dogs eat stool to replenish enzymes so that they are better prepared to digest their food.

Before dogs were domesticated, they caught, killed and consumed whole prey, including the guts of animals that were rich in digestive enzymes.  Most modern dogs spend their lives eating kibble and highly processed foods and no longer take on enzymes from their diet.

There is also evidence that dogs that aren’t getting enough of certain nutrients will resort to eating poop. Dr. Joseph Demers, DVM, believes that coprophagia is caused by trace mineral deficiency.  A lack of B vitamins is also often said to be a cause of coprophagia.

Another vet, Roger DeHaan, DVM, believes that dogs develop a hydrochloric acid deficiency as they age, particularly if they eat a poor diet.  This acid deficiency means that proteins are not properly broken down, which leads to dogs trying to get nutrients from already digested sources (i.e. stool).

Another common theory is that overfeeding a dog can lead to coprophagia. A dog that is overfed can’t absorb all of the nutrients in his food, and thus may try to “recycle” his nutrient rich waste.

Underfeeding can also be a factor, especially in multi-dog households where one dominant dog takes more than its fair share of the food.  Sometimes dogs eat poop simply because they’re hungry.

Your Dog’s Diet: Usually the Source of the Problem

This average dog diet is the most common reason for coprophagia. The vast majority of dogs in the modern world eat a daily diet that is not biologically appropriate based on their ancestry.

In my experience, food is the #1 factor in dealing with a coprophagia problem.  The #2 factor (pardon the pun) is gut health, which I will get to in a minute.

Just changing your dog’s diet to more biologically appropriate foods often solves the problem within days.

What is biologically appropriate?  Sadly, the answer is almost nothing you can buy as a packaged option at your local pet supply or grocery store.

Most packaged dog foods (even premium brands) are highly processed and contain numerous additives like supplemental vitamins, stabilizers, and fillers.

Sure, packaged foods are convenient for us humans, but your dog simply wasn’t built to eat that stuff!

We’ll talk more about how to deal with this in the “Solving The Problem” section below.

Gut Health: The Other Main Culprit

In the last few years there has been extensive research on the human microbiome, the collection of trillions of microorganisms that live in your body and have a profound effect on your health. For every one of our cells, there are 10 microbial cells that live inside of you.

A dog’s health is also closely related to the health of its microbiome, and veterinary scientists are just beginning to investigate the various influences that this system has on animal health.

What we do know so far is that the microbiome can be thrown out of balance very easily. Antibiotics and other drugs are frequently responsible for these imbalances but there are other chemicals that have been closely linked to dysbiosis as well.

Chief among them are glysophates, the chief ingredient in a weed killer called Roundup, made by the Monsanto company. Over 185 million pounds of glysophate are used in U.S. agriculture each year, and the chemical is pervasive in the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.

It turns out that glysophate not only kills weeds, it is very destructive to beneficial gut bacteria.  That’s a big problem for both humans and animals, and it’s only getting worse.

The number of people that have measurable glysophate in their bloodstream has increased by 500%  in the last 20 years.  The levels measured in people that have been exposed has increased by an average of 1208% in that time period.

While there have been no studies on glysophate levels in dogs, it’s safe to assume that if you are exposed to glysophate, so is your pet.

So what does all of this have to do with dogs eating poop? They are instinctively trying to restore their gut health by ingesting microorganism rich “foods”.

Solving The Problem

There are dozens of food additive products that claim to stop poop eating behavior (For-Bid, NaturVet Stool Eating Deterrent, ProSense, Solid Gold, etc).   However, a recent study on coprophagia from UC Davis found that these “remedies” are less than 2% effective!

It is a very difficult problem to solve, and that’s why I’ve written an entire ebook detailing a  protocol for solving tough coprophagia problems.

I’ll tell you here the basics of what I teach:

Change Your Dog’s Diet

Always start here.  Even if you are feeding your dog the most expensive, highest quality, most natural, best dog food on the planet, it’s still processed and packaged food.

While I am a proponent of raw food diets and it’s what I teach in my ebook, for some reason a lot of people freak out about feeding their dogs raw meat.

If you’re more comfortable with cooked foods, I’ve had almost as much success with cooked homemade dog food, so that’s what I tend to suggest nowadays.  You can find dozens of recipes by Googling.  Just be sure to pick ones that have high protein, high fat and has very low carbohydrates and contain no grain whatsoever.  Dr Karen Becker, one of the smartest veterinarians I know of, also has an excellent book of recipes that I’ve used quite a bit.

If you don’t have the time / patience / kitchen space to be cooking for your dog all the time, then I recommend services like PetPlate that prepare and ship fresh meals.  It’s not as expensive as you’d think and it is extremely high quality food–much better than anything you can buy at the store.  You can get 50% off your first order if you buy it through this link.

As is normal when switching up a pet’s food, do it gradually so as not to make them uncomfortable or cause digestive issues.

Also, I know it’s not always possible to feed your dog fresh food 100% of the time. In cases where you must feed dry packaged food, I would recommend something with less than 10% carbohydrate like KetoNatural.

Restore Your Dog’s Gut

This can take a few weeks. You can start right when you change your dog’s food, or you can wait to see if the food change stops the coprophagia before you work on their gut.

If you’re going to start giving your dog gut supplements, you might as well give them a probiotic that also has prebiotic support and enzymes that they may be lacking as well.  The brand I use is called VetionX. It contains a compound called arabinogalactan which helps your dog produce short chain fatty acids which play an important role in gut health.

I also prefer VetionX because it’s much easier to give your dog a chewable vs remembering to sprinkle powder on their food every day.  The most important thing is to use a high quality probiotic, even if it doesn’t have other digestive components.  Feel free to do your own research on dog probiotics, there are dozens of them available on the market today.

In the last year, I’ve also discovered something called Lumapet which strengthens your dog’s gut lining. It is truly a miracle substance for digestive issues and I highly recommend it!

If you’re interested in my ebook, you can watch a short video here:


In my experience, you can fix about 80% of coprophagia problems through diet and gut health adjustments. If you’ve found this article helpful, please leave a comment below!

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  • LZac August 29, 2017, 4:06 pm

    There are some WEIRD PEOPLE commenting here!

  • Leslie Madruga August 24, 2017, 5:23 pm

    HeyYa’ll All Dogs Eat Their ShitLove Leslie Madruga

  • heidi anthony July 22, 2017, 4:39 pm

    we just got our plot hound he eat good and he is very smart i caught him the other day eating his poop then today my boxer was going poop he went in back of her and stared eating it he just turned 3 months old as of yesturday. he will go in to the vet for his third set of puppy shots i,m going to check to see if he is lacking something. he also has plenty of toys plays with . my three boxers we play with him he has a big big yard if you got advice please let me know

  • Matilda June 21, 2017, 12:05 am

    My dog is 11. And she is eating her little brothers poop.
    What should I do to stop her!

  • Dviius June 15, 2017, 12:15 pm

    My neighbour leaves his dog chained up, outside, and ignores its constant barking.
    The dog takes a dump, and then eats it, perhaps to clean up its short-chain environment. Certainly, the dog is often neglected and chained up, so it may also be for attention. At least, the dog stopped barking after his doo-doo dinner.
    I feel sorry for the dog – he keeps himself better than my neighbour does!

  • SarahBeth Benes April 14, 2017, 2:55 am

    . The dog is healthy. He gets enough to eat. He’s not a puppy. He’s been to the vet. So maybe I don’t care. Let them clean up after the cat

  • Herb Renstrom April 13, 2017, 7:43 am

    It always reminds me of Stiffler in the movie “American Wedding”

  • Megan March 23, 2017, 3:36 pm

    I have a female cavachon she is 2 years old, she constantly eat’s poop to the point she makes her self sick i’ve tried pineapple in her food and watching her when she goes out to go pee or poop and it hasn’t worked.. She eat’s my other 2 dog’s poop too, She is literally addicted to eating poop at this stage. Even when I bring her on walk’s she will sniff and try eat every piece of poop she comes across.. What can I do to stop this? Should I bring her to the vet?

  • jhgreenfield@yahoo.com March 14, 2017, 6:19 pm

    Hi all,

    Get the article by googling the following. the health benefits of eating poo

    The article is found in askmen dot com/sports/news/the-health-benefits-of-eating-poo.html

    I disabled the link as this site would not let me add it.

    Horror maestro Clive Barker once envisioned a depraved graphic-novel future where the too-rich and numb congregate at exclusive restaurants. Doesn’t sound very out of the ordinary for the too-rich and numb so far, but then we get a look at what’s on the menu: a smorgasbord of exotic cuisine all made from a solid (and sometimes liquid) basis of poo. Human or animal? ‘Animal’ is extra. It’s horrifying, but dang if those too-rich numbsters don’t tuck on in with gusto, their wealthy desensitisation opening a latrine door to one fetid final frontier.

    Good news: This hitherto imaginary and elitist world of mass stool consumption could soon be all ours. Why, the Koreans enjoyed rice wine mixed up with the fermented poo of human children right up until the 1960s, before someone was like, “Hey gross let’s not.” And even though your dog probably loves itself a good bout of coprophagia when things are slow in the backyard, you’d think devouring a Cleveland steamer whole might result in intestinal parasites or something. On the contrary. It may be a disgusting thing to go through with (we hear…), but as long as it’s your steamer, it actually won’t. Furthermore, medical science is now loudly championing the ingestion of poo to cure serious abdominal problems.

    Fecal transplants — where a doctor puts some bog in your bum to make you feel better — have been happening for years, but the process is not a practical one. It involves a tube, and your rectum, and that nurse is not going to be receptive to anything you have to say about seeing a movielater. Now it’s been streamlined, and Canadian researchers have managed to make it as painless as popping a pill. A pill full of poo. They recently tested these new tablets out on 27 people suffering from clostridium difficile, which is a nasty condition of the gut that causes crippling nausea, the runs, and cramps on par with the menstrual variety. You tend to get it if you’ve been hospitalised for a while with a course of antibiotics to go with — a combo that kills all the good bacteria in your stomach. Alarming stat: as many as 3,000 Australians have died from this condition.

    Ironically the only treatment for clostridium difficile has long been even more antibiotics. But the silliness of that should be pretty obvious. This is where these new Canadian poo cubes come in. To make them, donor stool is required, preferably from a relative. It’s just like giving blood, but much more relaxing and you can even read a few pages of Murakami while you’re at it. Medicos then process this stool and actually extract the good bacteria, which is then put inside a triple-coated gel capsule that typically doesn’t dissolve until it hits the intestines. Prior to swallowing their family’s poo, the patient keeps up their antibiotics and on the morning prior to ingesting, they cop an enema to clear the way for shitty new bacteria to bloom. To complete the treatment, between 24-34 of the tablets need to be taken in one sitting.

    “There’s no stool left — just stool bugs,” insisted Dr. Thomas Louie, the Canadian infectious disease specialist who came up with the pills. “These people are not eating poop.”

    A likely story. Interestingly enough, all 27 patients involved in this initial study were completely cured. While taking all those not-poo pills at one time still seems unwieldy, advance word is that US researchers have refined a technique that means patients can elongate things by taking two each morning and two at night for three to four months. Additionally, this way of doing things is also good for taking care of inflammatory bowel disease.

  • DOG DemonOnGround February 27, 2017, 3:32 pm

    Dogs are just turd eating beasts. Never need to ‘train’ a cat not to eat poop!
    Even a cockroach crawls away from a turd. But not a dog! You can’t keep a dog out of the catbox. Ever wonder what a ‘scoobie snack’ really was? Ever notice that they were a suspicious shade of brown? Yum yum! Now who’s got kisses for Mamma? Aww, look! Poopsie is licking your kid right on the lips! Isn’t that cute?

  • Sarah February 26, 2017, 6:57 pm

    My 2 year old mixed breed terrier would eat his hound “sister’s” poop if we weren’t fast enough to pick it up. He then started eating his own poop, plus grass, sticks, and anything else he could pick up in the backyard. It turns out his pancreas wasn’t working properly (not making the enzymes he needed to digest the nutrients from food). Poor guy was eating everything he could because his body was starving. Fortunately we took him to the vets and got him diagnosed very quickly. We add enzymes to his food now and he’s a happy, healthy guy. So always get your dog checked out to make sure there are no underlying medical issues.

  • Sharon February 21, 2017, 4:56 am

    Initially when I brought my puppy (rottweiler female) use to sleep along with me but now as college has reopened I am unable to sleep along with her. When I return back home she always try to bite my fingers or any other body part even my clothes. Please tell me the reason for the same. Thanks

  • SG February 18, 2017, 12:33 pm

    I have a female Shih-Tzu that will be 16 in a few days. She’s blind and slightly deaf. She knows just where here water and food bowl are, so she eats when she’s hungry. Recently though, she started eating her poop and coughing up phlegm and occasionally peeing in her bed. I’m starting to worry that her mind might be going or that she’s having a medical issue due to her age.

  • Sandra McShane February 18, 2017, 7:58 am

    people are sooo nasty! People are looking for answers. Your nasty snide comments are not necessary.

  • Eskimo Joe February 13, 2017, 10:57 am

    My dogs eat poop because they’re recyclers who have joined the green movement. They’re teaching me how to eat poop. Think of the money you can save on your grocery bill. Where I live, you can get all the poop you can eat for free.

  • Jamie January 22, 2017, 4:45 am

    MEAT TENDERIZER the powder is in hrocery aisle in the baking and spices. Place on your dogs food and if you have any other dogs their food also and it makes the poop taste so bad they will not eat at all my vet gave me the tip and worked great for my akita pup and now my sisters 3 year old golden retriever that wouldn’t stop eating any type of poop he saw he no longer goes near any poop. Its safe for them and most seem to enjoy it on their food just put it on every meal they eat and within day or so they stop but so for a few weeks so they don’t go back to being turd burglars.

  • WTF January 17, 2017, 7:15 am

    To the people commenting things like “GET TO THE DAMN POINT” and “Thinking of getting a tazer…” what the absolute hell is wrong with you? Abusing your animals? Yeah, no wonder you’re here seeking help; people like you shouldn’t be allowed to have kids or dogs. Shame on you.

    Evidently many of you are too impatient to read a short informative article.. perhaps that’s a reflection of how you tackle everything including training your domestic companions? You get a dog to entertain you apparently, put zero effort into training and discipline, and then say “DUHH WHY IS HE DOING THIS?? HURRR DURRR STUPID ANIMAL IMMA TAZE YOU, THAT’LL SHOW YOU!”. Phenomenal.

    This article isn’t “trying to be funny” to quote a genius in the comments section, everything is informative and I suspect the tidbit about owner behavior set you off because you know you’re a tool and don’t know what to do about it.

    Great article. Very accurate information but time after time a lot of ‘dog people’ apparently want instant zero effort solutions to everything. That’s the reason you all have disobedient animals and seem to be puzzled to your very core about their behavior and how your actions create these circumstances 99% of the time. The whole “I guess that’s just the type of dog they are” doesn’t exist. You’re supposed to train your animals.. don’t blame them for your poor behavior and uneducated practices.


  • Trisha January 6, 2017, 9:36 am

    I have a chihuahua that eats the poop of her older ‘sibling’ (a male yorkie mix) and the vet says she’s healthy, so I’m guessing she does it because he’s dominant to her and she wants to prove it by…uhm…eating his poop. Or male dogs have poop that tastes better, I don’t know. I just know she’s perfectly healthy, but loves to eat her buddy’s poop. She also LOVES the scent of human feces…but both of my dogs love that. I think it’s because we eat “real” food and they can smell it in our poop. XD

  • Virginia Schofield January 3, 2017, 10:42 am

    My puppy Brady eats his poop and his doctor says hr was fine and he run around here like a chicken with his head caught off. Should I be worried about iand he’s a chihuahua
    Thank you
    Virginia Schofield

  • zella December 25, 2016, 8:57 am

    Yea… I’ve had similar experience and just scolding him made him stop. now when he sees poop he kinda makes weird sounds.. Still figuring what that means

  • Your stupid December 24, 2016, 9:57 am

    To Lol….
    How are you gonna talk about being dumb when you say… “Dis is so dumb” you are what’s wrong with people these days

  • Lmao December 21, 2016, 4:34 pm

    It’s obvious some of you should NOT even have a dog. You can’t even read and understand a simple article. If your so worried take your dog to the vet, could save its life if it’s a bug infestation. Excellent article ty. As a side note, D-O N-O-T feed a puppy ‘adult’ dog treats. The poo is like an extra treat lol (beggin strips) makes it smell like bacon. I used goldfish crackers for training. No more poo eating. A simple change in food/treats could solve it.

  • Pam December 12, 2016, 2:47 pm

    Put some cayenne pepper on the pooh and the dogs will stop eating it!

  • Bewildered December 6, 2016, 2:39 am

    Omg my last comment u should have done spell check because my phone spelt word I didn’t put in there…….

    I have a 4 month old English bulldog and she is still being house trained. If I don’t catch her in time she will have pooped and eaten it. It’s totally disgusting. She even trys to go to our cats litter box and get that too. Every time the cat poops I clean it up right away..it stinks and I have to get it gone asap. I have tried the Forbid that u can get at the vets but it didn’t work. I constantly watch puppy and as soon as she poops outside I clean it up….she has lots of proper bulldog food and healthy treats from the vet…..what can I do …someone ??

  • Bewildered December 6, 2016, 2:34 am

    I have a 4 month old English bulldog and she is still being house trained. If I don’t catch her in time she will have pooped and eaten it. It’s totally disgusting. She even trys to go to our cats litter box and get that too. Every time the cat poops I can it upossible right away..it stinks and I have to get it gone asap. I have tried through Forbid that u can get at the vets but it didn’t work. I constantly watch puppy and as soon as she poops outside I clean it up….she has lots of proper bulldog food and healthy treats from the vet…..what can I do …someone ??

  • Lakisha Love November 30, 2016, 5:16 pm

    Omg im happy im not alone i had to chase my three month old pit down to at least try to retrieve the poop. She dropped it and ran. While i got cleaners to clean it up she raced back towards it and gobbled it down. She waits in front of the kitty litter while the cat poops im not feelin this at all.

  • Cheryl Mcclurg November 24, 2016, 3:15 pm

    What does cat litter do to a. Dog my dog will eat cat poop in the litter box

  • Lisa Torres November 23, 2016, 7:13 pm

    I have a five month old English Mastiff. I need help. I want to know why he is eating his poop? Please if anybody knows that can help me out please I need some answer or something to help me. He just start eating his poop today… Thanks for your time

  • Phobic November 15, 2016, 3:30 am

    My male chi hoes into certain dried crap that he finds on our walks, hes very fast and has them down in no time flat, like hot chips, the only other beasts that I know that enjoy scat are poofs, I think that my chi is a homo, the end is near!!

  • Anika Francis November 14, 2016, 3:48 am

    wow I love this article

  • Anika Francis November 14, 2016, 3:46 am

    wow this is amazing my dog is not eating his poop anymore 🙂 😉 AWSOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Christopher November 12, 2016, 5:38 am

    My 18 month old female Doberman had a habit of eating her poop or other dogs poop but I think she’s grown out of it for the most part I haven’t caught her in the act for a while now. My Rottweiler who is also about the same age has never been interested in eating his own poop or others. I guess it just depends on the dog. My advice to others is to make sure you clean up after them so the poop won’t be available to them in the first place. Also like the article said they might be doing this to get attention or out of boredom so try to spend more time with them take them out for more walks play with them etc. Always make sure your dog is healthy and is getting the proper nutrition that he/she needs. My Dobie had a bad habit of eating her poop as a puppy but now she doesn’t do it as much but I’ve caught her a few times I think she just wanted my attention haha! Good luck!

  • Saskia Cornell November 2, 2016, 4:35 pm

    Article regarding dogs eating dog poop. Through the years I’ve always had at least one of my dogs eating poop (most of my life I’ve had three dogs). I have two spoodle – the female is 18 months and the male is just 10 months. The male eats the female’s poop – I’ve just come back from the vet because he has diarrhea which the vet believes is due to eating my other dogs poop. This is the second time in a short period that he’s had to go to the vet because of the diarrhea. He’s been put on antibiotics again and given an injection to calm he’s tummy down. I found this article interesting, but not real helpful. I’ve spoken to many people while they are walking their dogs and ask them if their dog eats poop, of course all dogs love cat poop. My female does not eat poop. It’s not an attention seeking thing in he’s case because it makes him sick. I have to make sure that I remove all poop from my garden so that he can’t find any. Unfortunately when he has the diarrhea or vomiting, it’s usually inside. I believe it’s an issue from when dogs were still wild. I hope so much that he will stop doing it. Both of my dogs are on excellent quality dog food, my previous dogs were on different foods – I don’t really know if it is a food issues, something lacking in their diet, and I really don’t think vets know either.

  • karl October 19, 2016, 9:39 pm

    Most ppl looked at this article for facts, not theories, not a good article at all

  • lol October 18, 2016, 11:28 am

    lol dis is so dumb

  • Mark french October 1, 2016, 8:40 pm

    Worst article i have ever read. I was interested in the SUBJECT matter. Get to the point.

  • Wendy Stubbs September 20, 2016, 2:04 pm

    My five year old jack Russell cross has suddenly started to eat other dog’s poo. He doesn’t eat his own. He’s on chappie which is fish based cos he has a very bad stomach which is aggravated by certain meats such as beef and white bread. I don’t understand why he’s doing this when he’s been fine for most of his life. Any ideas would be appreciated or I’m going to have to get a muzzle.

  • JC September 17, 2016, 6:18 am

    My dog tries every thing just to get his way to have a bite with a soiled dipy. . . & how he go crazy over it and spread the horor all around he went. Then we all shout get out!!! Get out you stinky mut!!!

  • Sam September 5, 2016, 3:30 pm

    My dog Harvey sampled 2 different poops today, I’m not sure if they were human or dog, I wasn’t going to get up close. Either way, he got kid listerine rinsed through his mouth, bad enough he licks his own butt, eating crap is just off limits. Thinking about getting a Tazer….

  • Gino Silva August 29, 2016, 5:15 am

    At the pet store they sell a “treat” that makes the poop not atractive. I dont remember the name but just ask them

  • Lotte August 28, 2016, 9:16 am

    Funny that Malcolm mentions walkers and other people in Spain poo outside. I live in England and I thought that was something that was unique to the Brits. It seems to be everywhere in public parks over here! My dog shows interest in human poo too which is distressing. At least when we go back home (Iceland) we don’t have to deal with this problem.

  • Sue Stretton August 22, 2016, 8:28 am

    My dog doesn’t eat his own poop, it’s when we are out on walks, he doesn’t do it every day either. He’s fed an excellent food. He doesn’t have parasites and has my undivided attention. He’s 12 months old and I have had him 3 months.

  • Yogesh August 20, 2016, 7:12 pm

    It gonna take sooooooooooo looooonnnnngggg time, I think whenever dog tried to eat poop we should make her know that it’s not good by saying Nooo making our sound angrily as they can understand that how we sound when we are angry or happy.

  • Vet tech August 16, 2016, 12:48 am

    A natural way to stop dog poo eating is to give your dog (and other dogs in household) buttermilk. There is also a medicine called forbid that you can put in their food. Call your vet, this shouldn’t have to be an office visit unless your dog is having other issues, and they can order it for you. Check your dog for parasites, pick up all poop in yard, give your dog a high fiber diet and add probiotics. Proviable and/or Synacore are 2 great brands of probiotics and you can get them right online, you don’t need a prescription for it. Hope this helped!

  • Malcolm March August 15, 2016, 1:41 am

    I live in Spain. My dog, and my neighbours dogs, don’t eat dog poo but do eat human poo. Disgusting, I know, but in this part of the world walkers, cyclists, builders often just go to the toilet in the bushes. Is there some reason why human poo is so attractive to dogs, when dog poo isn’t attractive to them. what I can do about it is another matter !

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  • tom August 4, 2016, 12:26 pm

    I’m sure this would make a good movie…however I don’t have the time. Quit trying to be entertaining and get to the DAMN POINT.

  • Stephanie August 4, 2016, 3:30 am

    I tried everything. NOTHING works so just keep cleaning up the poop and deal with it.

  • Doni Whitley July 29, 2016, 2:02 pm

    Our dog Buddy has only recently started to eat his own poop. I am taking any & all advice offered short of taking him to the vet. We cannot afford to do that at this time.

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