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end of my (poop) rope-- what is with Cash?

Hello all you owners of poo eating Havs, Have any of you successfully stopped the Coprophagia with your havs?

Today My DH reports that on their walk - since Cash knows we pick it up-- the little stinker was trying to twist his body to get it while it was coming out!!!! he succeeded just a bit. He also has been known to sit in catchers position behind Jasper--- I fear this has become obsessive with him-- I have tried all the things you buy to feed them, I have tried pinapple (that worked for a while) adoplphs too. but he has a very strong will.

I can tell you he does not do this out of guilt to hide the evidence because if he gets some he devours it in complete joy running only if I try to get it from him

I have read it can be a nutritional deficiency-- has anyone cured this by simply switching foods? and if so what were you feeding? what are you feeding now?



PLEASE HELP US!!!!!!!




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Missy,

What I would do, is get a squirt bottle and fill it with water and some jalepeno juice and squirt it on the poo so he'll stop eating it. I've read that has been done with some success. It sounds kinda harsh, but if you've tried everything else, then what the heck? lol

I've read about the deficiency, but even if it started out that way..I'd more likely guess that it has just become habitual with him..and some sort of 'habit'.

That has to be frustrating. I hope you find a solution!

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For a really determined dog, I have waited until they eliminate and then do NOT pick it up, but put some tabasco sauce on it. Leave it where Cash can get to it and see if doing that a few times stops him. You'll know when he attempts to put it in his mouth by his reaction. (It's a little amusing.)

I think copraphagia can be caused by a nutritional deficiency, but I think that is very, very rare.
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Our dogs were trying to lick up the old residue under our grill. I sprinkled some red pepper all over it, and they never went back.

They did drink quite a bit of water that day

So, even it sounds harsh..I agree with the others about making it unappealing.

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Jax has done this since we got him as a rescue puppy in July. I have switched foods a few times(for various reasons) but he still does it. He is very very sneaky about it too. I thought he stopped, but we have a doggy door with a very large fenced yard so i dont hardly ever catch him in the act. He is a picky poo eater though. He will only eat his(unless its wild animal poo) but not Dreams or Tripps. The bad thing is he(just one time last week) he puked it up all over the place just when i woke up at 5 a.m for work. Talk about me. That was the worst. I too think he does this out of habit. I know he eats great food.

Bad thing is he got Tripp to 'nibble'. Jax is like a 'poo pusher'. I can picture him saying, 'cmon Tripp just try it', then Tripp will say 'no, mom will kill me!' then Jax says...'do it Tripp, just do it'!! WIth that kind of pressure, what can one do!!

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So, even it sounds harsh..I agree with the others about making it unappealing.

Isnt that funny that we have to make poop 'unappealing'!!

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I'd try the pepper sauce trick if it were my girls. (Thankfully, they do not indulge....) I know I tried Tabasco sauce on a table leg to get the girls to stop chewing it when they were puppies but they LOVED the stuff so I'd probably try to find something hotter.

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Oh goodness Susan! That's funny and frustrating that they enjoy Tabasco. Figures!
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Missy, I feel your pain. Nigel is my poop eater. Good thing he is sooooo cute

He brought a Axl turd on the deck the other day. So I pour the hot sause on it and he licked it and let it be.

I told hubby that I was going to buy a gallon of hot sauce come spring and take care of the problem.

It's so gross, I could die. I don't even like to think about it.

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Jax has done this since we got him as a rescue puppy in July. I have switched foods a few times(for various reasons) but he still does it. He is very very sneaky about it too. I thought he stopped, but we have a doggy door with a very large fenced yard so i dont hardly ever catch him in the act. He is a picky poo eater though. He will only eat his(unless its wild animal poo) but not Dreams or Tripps. The bad thing is he(just one time last week) he puked it up all over the place just when i woke up at 5 a.m for work. Talk about me. That was the worst. I too think he does this out of habit. I know he eats great food.

Bad thing is he got Tripp to 'nibble'. Jax is like a 'poo pusher'. I can picture him saying, 'cmon Tripp just try it', then Tripp will say 'no, mom will kill me!' then Jax says...'do it Tripp, just do it'!! WIth that kind of pressure, what can one do!!
Oh Shannon, I hear you- we have had the barfed poo too---- ewwwwwww!!!
Jasper thank heavens has not bent in to the peer pressure.


here are two interesting articles I found.

http://www.dogs-4life.com/coprophagi...and-cures.html
http://www.hilltopanimalhospital.com/copraphagia.htm

I'm going out shopping for the hottest sauce I can find--- or I could just spray the petzlife breath spray on it -- he seems to hate that!!!! some how he hasn't made the connection that if he eats poo he gets a spritz.

I do wonder if all my research and mixing and matching foods for my finicky Jasper has caused a nutritional imbalance in Cash. Maybe by cooking the raw medallions I have robbed them of their nutrients-- or maybe I am adding too many green beans (it did get worse when I put him on a diet)

the only kibble i can get them both to eat is "royal canin" either poodle or special I put some down this morning and they gobbled it--- I usually just use it for treats-- I changed as Shannon said for many reasons and I know it's not the best food out there-- But Debbie's Sexy Sampson I believe grew up on Royal Canin-- and Tom just posted that excellent post about going back to Pro Plan -- Maybe there is something to all the years and research of these large established companies.

one of the articles above suggested switching to canned and adding oil-- that a high protein high fat diet cures it often in two months-- but neither of my boys are skinny---

ahhhh, after a year is there any hope he will grow out of it?




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