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HELP....Rabbit poop is NOT a treat!

Does anyone have any tips for keeping your dog from eating rabbit (squirrel, chipmunk, deer) poop. Ella doesn't eat her poop..... I pick it up before she could even think about it. But, we live on a very wooded lot with lots of lovely wildlife. Ella always goes out on a leash even though we have close to an acre. Fences are not allowed in our neighborhood unless they are underground. I don't like the idea of shocking her. I've realized she has become quite a connoisseur of wildlife poop. She's as picky as can be when it comes to her food! There is no possible way for me to pick up the rabbit poop ugh!!!! Gross!!!! It can't be good for her....
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In many cases it comes down to supervision. Dr. Becker says "Rabbit poop is one of the richest sources not only of digestive enzymes, but also B vitamins. Many dogs, if they stumble upon rabbit droppings, will scarf them right up to take advantage of those nutrients.

And dogs on entirely processed, dry food diets, who eat no living foods at all, will intentionally seek out other sources of digestive enzymes to make up for their own lifelong enzyme deficiency.
you could try a better food to see if it works. At least she isn't getting her own.

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Thanks Dave.....I'm actually in the process of changing Ella, she's only 4 monthes, from Wellness Core to Nature's Variety Instinct with raw boost. I do plan to boost the boost by adding a bit more freeze dried raw to the mix once shes fully on this new food.... I also just started Ella on Proviable-DC about three days ago. Do you think these things may help? When I catch it I say no and pull her away but.....she often gets it scarfed right down before I realize what's happening....
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it might help , and its good to also add a probiotic. Freeze dried raw would help in more ways than one. Koodos Give it a month and see what happens. Takes a while for system to change. If they could make freeze dried raw for the same price as kibble , ours dogs would be much much healthier.

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My husband has to watch Scout at the park because he likes deer poop! 😬

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Thanks again, Dave! I'm making the changes to Ella's diet and adding the probiotic based on things I've read here. Much of it from your comments and posts. It's good to know it maybe helpful in more than ways than I had thought!
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Luckily for me, Emmie has never been a poop eater. When I first brought her home she was fed the 5-star kibble the breeder started her on but soon thereafter I switched her to freeze-dried raw exclusively (ZiwiPeak), no more kibble. And for the last 2 years I"ve been feeding frozen raw (Darwin's or smallbatch sliders). She also gets probiotics. I'm very happy with this regimen; she's healthy, has small, firm, non-smelly poops, and a beautiful coat.

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When I catch it I say no and pull her away but.....she often gets it scarfed right down before I realize what's happening....
Instead of telling her no, I recommend you teach her Drop It or Leave It commands. And then when she drops what is in her mouth or ignores the poop then reward her with a treat. Good luck. Many folks on this forum struggle with this same issue.

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Thanks Marina.....we've been working on leave it..... but often I have to reach in her mouth with my finger and get whatever its out.....I am unwilling to do this with rabbit poop! But I will work more on leave it in our regular training sessions in order to get her to do this on her own with the poop!!!
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As far as Willow is concerned, rabbit poop is the best! Yum!



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