Could be overfeeding or underfeeding: If not already, try feeding twice a day. Check amounts. (Overfeeding means the food does not digest and it couls still taste good...ick...or underfeeding means he is just hungry...ick, too :lol: )
Try adding a tablespoon of canned pineapple to their diet. It makes the poop smell bad.
Your doodle is just copying the behavior. He now thinks he is supposed to do that.
Distract them with treat immediately after they poop and clean it up fast.
They could be trying to keep their area clean or trying to 'hide' themselves from 'predators'.
Thanks for the input. I know why Abby does it. She feels threatened with another dog in the house and now just this morning I saw Oliver doing it for the first time at 5 months old. He didn't do it up until now. When it's -4 out, it's hard to stand outside and wait for them to go potty to clean it up. I'll try the pinapple next. It's hard to get doggy kisses when you know what just went in there!!!!! LOL Thanks, Nancy
I just happened to overhear a conversation last week at the vet's about poop eating. The vet said there is no good reason, and that the "make the poop taste bad" remedies seldom work (like, just how is it that it tastes good to begin with?). Basically, she had no good answer to the problem. So I guess I'm not much help! I agree, cleaning up is the best solution. Thanksfully, neither Darwin nor Dylan have this habit.
One of my dogs will eat (or maybe just chew on) poopsicles (poop that is frozen). She leaves unfrozen poop alone. I really need to watch her when she comes in as she will try to bring her poopsicle into the house to chew on in comfort. It is just gross.
Some dogs just do it.........My next door neighbors dog would eat his own...YUK!!
I don't think there's much one can do, especially if it's their own. Rufus would dump & eat before it could be cleaned up. I don't know of a logical explanation.
Noodle doesn't eat her own poop ... but she loves horsey poop. Especially the draft horses for some reason. It's so gross and I try to catch her doing it and stop the behavior but she sneaks them out of the wheelbarrow. It's so gross!
One explanation may be that the food you are feeding is not being properly digested so the poop contains--FOOD! This subject came up on a Raw feeding board. The person who's dog was eating poop was switched to a Raw diet=poop eating stopped! I'm not promoting Raw feeding so I'd suggest looking into switching your feed. BTW (here's the pitch LOL)on the Raw diet there is a remarkably smaller amount of undigested material=LESS POOP TO CLEAN UP :wink:
This is really very common. At first I was shocked and sick at the thought but then I watched as litter after litter had tiny pups eating poop! Yuck! So, I researched it...you see, the mother dog eats the puppie's poop to clean up their surrounding. The pups see her do it. Like all other things, they mimic what mama does.
It is not bad to the canines, only to us humans.
Most dogs outgrow the problem at around 6 months of age. But some do continue. All you can do is try to teach "leave it" commands and steer the dog away from any temptation while on walks. With only one dog, a person could keep on top of the poop pick up, but with more than one dog or cat, it is almost impossible.
I have never found anything that works to deter them either...but they do outgrow it, most of the time. :wink:
Oh Miko you sweet faced girl..........
Your Dad is funny.............
I used to eat cat poop and for some silly reason my Mom
did not appreciate when I would wake her up in the middle of the night
with a beard full of cat litter and lovely cat poop breath
My Mom blocked off all the litter boxes so I have not had any cat poop in months.........................