One of the most frequent questions I get, aside from the more destructive behaviors, is about dogs eating poop!
WHY do dogs eat poop???! It is SOOOOO disgusting!
A couple of my dogs especially like the frozen variety ("poopsicles"), and will eat more stool in the wintertime. I have also talked with people whose dogs like to eat fresh stool.
I don't really think anyone has the definitive answer for this, but here are a few theories:
HOW DO I GET MY DOG TO STOP EATING POOP???!!
I don't think there is any one way to get dogs to leave stool alone. Below are a few suggestions. You can try any or all of the below!
What about cat poop?? My dog cruises the cat box and eats what is in there!
Most dogs find cat "cookies" irresistible. It is very hard to deter a dog from eating cat poop, because, like eating any poop, it is self-rewarding behavior (the behavior itself is its reward). Cat litter boxes cannot be sprayed with bitter orange or anything like that, or the CAT will be discouraged from using it! In my household, I just position the cat boxes in places the dogs cannot reach. I use a covered litter pan in one area, which is a great deterrent for bigger dogs. In another area, I have the litter box blocked by a baby gate leaning against the doorway so only the cats can fit through (I have taught my dogs to respect the baby gates). A cat door to the basement can be used. Or a door can be kept open only a little, using some means to both keep it open and keep it closed enough so the dog can't get through.
One word of caution about dogs and cat stool. The new clumping litter can pose a health threat to dogs if they eat it. Think of what the litter does when urine is deposited in it. Similar things can happen in a dog's stomach if he eats enough of it.
With enough diligence, stool eating can often be eliminated. Unfortunately, many people would rather not spend the time that is needed.
Pam Young, LVT
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