Dogs do the darndest things. Most of them are cute — like their adorable head tilts — but others are not so sweet. It seems like almost every canine has a poop-eating vice. It’s hard for us to understand what they find so desirable about the stinky stuff, but they have their motives. Teddy Hilton thinks your pooch’s strange snacking habit could be occurring for a variety of reasons. Read on to find out why your pup could be eating poop and what you can do about it.
1. Habit From Puppyhood
Like human babies, puppies are eager to learn about their surroundings, and one of the ways they do this is by putting things in their mouths. Unfortunately, poop can be included in this mix. Many dogs grow out of this habit, but it may stick around for some if owners don’t intervene. The best way to stop your puppy from eating poop is to provide them with an array of interesting chew toys to try out instead.
2. Copying Our Behavior
Canines learn a lot from watching our actions. Dogs watch you pick up their waste on a daily basis. After seeing their owners pick up their poop countless times, some pups want to know what all the fuss is about. Not able to pick up things with their paws, dogs go for their only option — their mouths. The best way to avoid this copycat behavior is to pick up after your dog while they aren’t watching.
3. Attempting to Get Attention
Dogs love to be the center of attention and canines notice that eating poop gets them a lot of extra attention; they just don’t realize it’s not of the positive variety. If they are aching for a little recognition, a dog might try eating poop. To prevent this behavior from becoming a problem, it’s important not to overreact when you catch your dog eating poop.
4. Cleaning Up
While they don’t do all the grooming cats do, many dogs like to stay tidy. Canines who are crate trained can be especially finicky about keeping their surroundings clean. This need to be clean can lead dogs to eat their poop to get it out of the way. If you believe your dog is doing this, you need to make sure you are the one who gets to cleanup duty first.
5. Trying to Prevent Punishment
If your dog discovers that having a bathroom accident makes you upset and leads to punishment, they may go out of their way to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Pooches will eat poop because they are worried if you find it you will get upset. If you ease up on your dog’s punishment for accidents, you should see this behavior stop.
6. Motherly Instincts
Canine moms are programmed to protect their babies. Even though most households don’t hold any predators for a dog and her pups, some mutt moms will still be cautious. One of the protective measures moms take is eating their puppies’ poop so predators won’t find the family. Usually this behavior ends as the puppies grow older and the mom sees that there are no threats.
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8. Feeling Ill
There are certain parasites that might drive a dog to eat their own poop. While these are rare, they are serious. If you suspect your dog is ill, you should take them to the vet immediately. Additionally, poop is full of parasites. If your dog makes a habit out of eating the gross snack they could develop health problems.
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