Like many animals, dogs eat dung as a natural process of existence. In fact, a common behavior encourages dogs to clean up after each other for the health of the pack. Here are some cautions to consider and ways you can help break this stinky habit.
Why Do Dogs Eat Dung?
There are several reasons why dogs eat dung. First, it is possible your pooch has a medical issue. In which case be sure to take him or her in for a checkup to rule out: parasites, malabsorption issues, dietary dysfunction and possible thyroid disease that could cause an increase in appetite.
Another more common reason is your dog is cleaning up after himself and or other dogs in your pack. In nature, covering one’s tracks, and keeping your territory clear of parasites is a survival technique. In your private yard, this stinky habit can be just that, a smelly habit.
Check Out Dr. Jerry Klein’s Video
“Of all the repulsive habits our canine companions have, nothing tops the disgusting practice of eating poop. There are many theories of why dogs eat their stools, however in many cases, it is a bad habit.” Dr. Jerry Klein, Chief Veterinary Officer in American Kennel Club, explains how to stop your dog from eating poop.
If one dog starts eating feces, the others may follow suite quickly. You can help break the cycle.
What You Can Do About It
Dr. Sherry Weaver @cesarsway.com shares how you can help break this nasty habit, “There are two approaches to stopping the behavior. The most common approach is to use either Adolph’s meat tenderizer or a product called ‘For-bid.’ These products are supposed to give the stool a bitter flavor when eaten. In my experience, these products are only successful some of the time.”
One of the things we do to help our dogs break the habit is to make a clean sweep of the yard twice a day. Clearing out the temptation is successful by accomplishing the act alone. There are others who suggest finding the dog stool and saturating it with hot sauce. Not my favorite choice as it could cause intestinal problems in your pup.
Have you had success stopping this bad habit? Share what you did below in the comments.
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