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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-11-2008, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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HELP...he's eating poo!!!

Scooter has completely regressed and we're freaking out! We were at the beach last week so he had a new potty area and since we've been home he's pooing in the house, only poo though. He still pees outside. He's also been eating poo that he finds outside which is so gross I can't stand it but we can't seem to stop him.
Can anyone give us some advice???

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Make sure you stop it as fast as you can or it becomes a nasty habit. You can start crate training, so you can control his potty time, or you can add supplements to his food to make the feces distasteful (go figure!). Some of the chemical products are Deter and Forbid, but I didn't have success with either of them. I had success with drizzling pineapple juice over the dog's kibble. There is something about the acidity that goes into the poop that they don't like.

If anything works, do NOT stop it after a day or two. You'll need to keep it up for at least a week, maybe more. The little stinkers like to go back and try it all over again.

Also, if you catch him heading towards the poop, you can add a little Tabasco sauce. They sure don't like that!

Yelling or freaking out when you catch them eating it only seems to make them faster and sneakier.
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It does make him faster when I catch him!!! He's wearing me out! He goes to the vet for a check up tomorrow so I'm going to ask her but everyone on here seems to have so much information that I wanted to ask here first.

Thanks for your help Kimberly!!!

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ahhhh, I feel your pain...Cash was/is a poo eater. And I tried everything!!!
deter, forbid, pineapple, pumpkin, prozyme, adolphs meat tenderizer (it's the papaya (papain)in there that makes it work like the pineapple) ... Kimberly is right the more you say NO, the faster and sneakier they get. Pineapple worked the best. But the best thing is controlling scooter's output and being there to pick it up. The thing that seems to be working the best for us was altering his diet to add more protein. Some feel they do it because of a nutritional deficiency. Knock on wood, I have not seen him partake in quite a while. But it has been trial and error with diet. I had been feeding him like I feed Jasper who does better with more carbs. But Cash seems to be an all meat kinda Hav and giving him more protein seems to have cleared up this little problem.

Some people have had great success with the deter or forbid or pineapple so it is worth a try. I've said it before and I will say it again, I never in a million years thought I could love a poo eater. But I love him to pieces... Luckily he is not a licker, more of a cuddler. I did finally find something that grossed me out more than this nasty habit and that was waking up to a tick crawling on DH. Ewwwwww.

Good luck, keep us posted.




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Riley started doing this! I tried the pineapple but it gave him the runs. I am just trying to be more vigilant. Got to laughing so hard yesterday when I picked up a doggie treat in the store and started reading the ingredients...and then thought: " Geeez...he eats POOP and you're worried about what's in this"?!???

Ya gotta keep your sense of humor...that's for sure.

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<sigh> Most of mine do this. Especially the pulik but one of them is the worst. The only sure way to prevent is is to scoop it up before it is eaten. With only one dog is a reasonable accomplishment. With 6 its a near impossibility.
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mugs does not eat his own poop but likes the occasional tidbit that he might find when out walking.
totally grosses me out...but i'm with missy and thankful the he's not a kisser

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Nip it in the bud!!! Poop eating is not good =)

Carmen started licking her butt, a little too vigoriously if you ask me. I don't know how I will fix that one.

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Nip it in the bud is easier said than done in my case...Lola does sometimes run toward it, and other times she totally understands that it is "mine" and she is to leave it. But she would gobble on it if she could. Nothing I have tried has worked. She knows she is not to eat it. Although when I added some grain kibble into her diet that had been grain-free, her poop volume decreased and it seems less appetizing to her. I think the protein was going right through her and not digesting enough.

Hence her nickname: Princess Pee and Poop !

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I can offer some hope - many puppies outgrow this. MeMe seemed to enjoy the occasional tootsie roll as a younger puppy and now that she's a year I rarely have the problem. Also, a food change can help sometimes. I know it lessened when I went grain-free. Duck and potato eaters seem to particularly enjoy their food twice.


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