Dogs eat poop for a variety of reasons including
- Nutritional imbalance – When a dog eats his own poop, it may be because the stool still has undigested minerals and nutrients.
- Stress – A dog may poop because of extreme anxiety (e.g. when left alone), and then eat up his own feces as a displacement behavior.
- Boredom – Lack of activity and interaction may cause a dog to start playing with his stool and sometimes eat it.
- Enjoyment – Many dogs like the taste of leavings from cats or other animals. My dogs also like smelling the stuff and scenting it with their tongue.
- Clean-up – Some dogs may eat poop inside the house to keep their living space clean. Dogs that are physically punished for potty training mistakes, may learn to eat their own poop to avoid our anger or strong discipline.
- Any combination of the above.
5 Tips to Help Curb Your Dog’s Nasty Habit
1.Feed a nutritionally balanced diet containing human-grade (preferably unprocessed) protein and supplement with probiotics and digestive enzymes to help curb your dog’s urge to find less appetizing sources of free enzymes around the yard or in the litterbox. I’ve also had success using Homeostatic Soil Organisms.
2.Pick up your dog’s feces immediately, as soon after she eliminates as possible.
3.If your dog favors litterbox snacks, place the box in a location in your home where she can’t get to it or consider purchasing or making a dog-resistant litter box.
4.Make sure she has toys that stimulate her brain and alleviate boredom. Also, ensure she’s well-exercised. Bored, sedentary dogs tend to develop far stranger behaviors and habits than dogs who get plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.
5.Consider experimenting with some of the over-the-counter coprophagia deterrent products. Make sure you look for a non-toxic product that doesn’t contain monosodium glutamate (MSG).
My dog eats horse poop but not out with horses that much so not an issue. – Eli Enki