Join Date: Jul 2015
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I have tried absolutely everything under the sun, and then some (have gotten quite creative!) with Sophie. Nothing has worked! I was so determined to break her habit but am ready to admit defeat lol. For her first several weeks here, I only followed her every single time she went I snuck in and poured ultra bitter apple on it and that would make her leave it alone but it didn't change her habit as she'd always check and if no bitter apple, then she'd still eat it.
I mixed bitter apple with alum powder and super hot sauce, mixed it with her poop then "planted" it along our walk route. She thought that was a nice topper to her favorite treat.
I used forbid and pineapple and all the other additives with no results.
I thought I had it figured out once, I got a citronella spray collar with remote. When she pooped I went out and set the collar on the ground right in the middle of the poop (I always put stuff on the poop, added this collar, etc when she couldn't see me so she wouldn't associate me with it). Then I went in the house and watched. Sure enough she went right over to the poop, bent down to get some, RIGHT over the collar....perfect shot so I hit the button and a burst of spray went up into her face. She barely flinched, then went back to eating the poop. I emptied the collar in her face and she just thought it was a nice refreshing spritzer to go along with her morning meal.
I've considered tons of other ideas but all have flaws. The only thing that helps a little is I never yell at her for it, I just try to nonchalantly get to it before she does to pick it up. If I tried to chase her off of it or run over and clean it up quickly she thinks it must REALLY be a special treasure and will try to beat me to it and take off with it in her mouth. If I'm out of her sight but watching her she is much less likely to try and eat it. Keeping the yard picked up isn't an answer for us because if she's going to eat it, she will eat it immediately. She eats it somewhat less now than in the beginning so I do get to scoop poop and keep up with it every day but even if she goes out late at night I'll know she is getting herself in trouble if she doesn't come right back in and sure enough she'll have telltale poop breath!
I was hoping she might grow out of it but she's almost 14 months old now and not looking like it.