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5 ways to stop your dog eating poo!


Coprophagia or the eating of a dog’s own stools, those of other dogs or other species, is surprisingly common! An activity disgusting to us humans but enjoyed by many dogs.

It has its roots in behaviour and potential causes include attention seeking, boredom, exploratory behaviour and hunger. It can be as a result of some medical conditions, but this is rare and other symptoms will be evident at the same time. Here are some tips which may help to resolve the problem:

1. Counteract boredom by making the dog’s environment more interesting with activity feeding from toys or perhaps ‘finding food’ games.

2. Did you ever teach the ‘off’ command? Seek help from a professional behaviourist for tips on how to break a bad habit and encourage good ones using positive rewards.

3. Remove temptation by clearing poo as soon as possible.

4. Try a deterrent, some owners find sprinkling old faeces with orange zest or adding a small amount of pineapple or grated courgette to the diet makes the poo taste unpleasant to dogs.

5. And finally, look at your dog’s diet! Is he getting the right food, in the right quantity at the right frequency to ensure a sustained energy release throughout the day?

A good quality diet with easily digestible ingredients and carefully balanced nutrients should ensure stable blood sugar levels (rather than peaks and troughs of energy) which will have a positive effect of the dog’s serotonin level. This ‘happy hormone’ is also responsible for satiety. So with training, eliminating potential hunger and maximising absorption of nutrients, the likelihood of this behaviour can be reduced.

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