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Attention Poop Eaters

Coprophagy "stool eating" can have many causes. In the wild dogs eat the feces of the pack to maintain the same antibodies in their system that help the pack from getting disease. Mothers eat the feces of the pups until they can eliminate on their own. Some dogs because something (minerals etc.) is missing from their diet. For some it is a stress reliever. FOR SOME, IT IS BECAUSE THEY ASSOCIATE THE PRESENCE OF FECES WITH UNHAPPY OWNERS. Some just like it. To help alleviate the problem you can supervise and pick up immediately, Discourage stool eating with LEAVE IT. , and there is a number of products but the best one is called FORBID. It is an additive you put on their food that makes their stool taste bad and this does work with some dogs. Word of Caution, Many experts believe that if you scold your dog for eliminating inappropriately they then can turn into a dog that will try to hide the evidence. Only say something to them if you catch them in the act not five seconds after or an hour after you discover the mess. This stool eating is not dangerous unless your dog eats another dogs stools. Hope this helps. Dave

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i hope you meant to say...attention, owners of poop eaters!

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i hope you meant to say...attention, owners of poop eaters!


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i find that pineapple juice on coco's kibble puts a stop to it right a way.
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Nothing worked for me with Capote. Changing food didn't work. Forbid, deter, pineapple, pumpkin..nothing. He still ate it. This past year he finally grew out of it and stopped.

Well..I switched him off of puppy pro plan to adult and guess what. It's ba-aack. ::sighs:: I'm trying the "treatments" again...but I wish he'd just grow out of it. Egh.
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My vet told me to use Adolphs Meat Tenderizer on his kibble......this works and is alot cheaper then Forbid or Deter and works the same according to my vet.

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Havs are wonderful and I love mine with all my heart, but their potty training and poop eating is driving me crazy. One day is great, the next is a bad day. I am at my witts end and don't think it will change according to all the post I read. Does it ever end????? We do everything we can think of and they still continue to piss on rugs. I don't like that at all and wish I had a solution to stop it. I like doggie kiss's but sure won't kiss a poop eater. LOL
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i hope you meant to say...attention, owners of poop eaters!


I was pre-warned about this from the forum and was "gentle but firm" with potty training 'cause I was so scared they'd start this poop eating. Geez, I'm so sorry that it's such a problem for many of you -- my heart goes out to you. I am so grateful my havs don't do this -- thank goodness.
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I know people say it is a habit learned from their moms, or wanting to clean it up because they see you do it, or a vitamin deficiency... As many of you know my Cash has been a very aggressive poo eater-- Even twisting himself into a pretzel to get to it on the way out before we could...We had tried, deter, pineapple, adolphs, I tried adding missing link...I tried hot sauce. It got worse when I put him on a diet... So off the diet he went. When we went to the vet for his annual she recommended a high fiber diet to make him feel fuller so he wouldn't eat his poo and to help him lose a lb or two. It's been almost a week since he's been on this really gross canned food (that he seems to really like.) And he hasn't even looked at his poo once!!!! I think my poop eater was just really hungry. So if your Hav has this nasty habit, you may want to try and add a little fiber. You can add bran or oats. Or some of weight formula's have higher fiber. The vet says you should look for 5% or more.

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