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EWWWH! Risa keeps eating his

POOP! What am I supposed to do? I usually clean it up right away but sometimes he does it when I'm not home and I come back to find it smeared on the floor and only a little bit left. I know he ate most of it and he stinks like poopie. When I am home and I'm just a second lagging in picking it up I see he's picked it up in his mouth. OMG...this is just soooo gross!

I've heard that it's natural and was hoping he would grow out of it but he did it again this morning.. He's 4.5 months old now. Is Risa the only Havanese that does this? What do I do?
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Far from the only one. There have been many threads on it here. My boys, thankfully, don't do it so I can't help you, but there's been a lot of advice on the subject and I'm sure momentarily you'll get answers from the group. Hang in there!

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We used a powder that you put on the food called SEP (Stop Eating Poo) and it worked, got it at the store where we buy his food. Some people had success with other things, I'm sure they'll give their advice. It was so gross though, thank God the SEP worked!

Good luck!

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There are lots of threads on this .. Just sort through - lots of wonderful information and advice .
We have all been through this one .. Young seem dogs do it and trust me they have no clue why we get so upset ..
It does improve .
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oh no!
Can you crate him during the day - they won't poop if they are crated.
Then have someone take him out for a half-hour and then put him back?
So when you get home this is not a problem?
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The poop eaters on this Forum are many... recommendations have included:
In the food: pineapple, pineapple juice, SeaMeal supplement, pumpkin, parsley, Deter
On the poop: Hot sauce, SEP, bitter apple

The challenge is that if you are putting something on the poop you have to be there when he poops. The idea is that if he gets the nasty sauce a few times, he will stop trying to eat it eventually, without the sauce.

None of this has worked for Lola. She is 1.5 years and still eats her own or other dog's. But she has constant hunger. She would eat anything, anywhere, anytime, and doesn't stop naturally. Now we are working it behaviorally through "leave it" training.

That said, most the poopeaters on here have outgrown it.

In the meantime, this is a good time to learn about tooth brushing and oral care! I swear by OxyFresh which keeps Lola's breath sweet as flowers. You add it to his water. Great stuff for keeping tartar and plaque at bay.

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yup---join the club! Anne pretty much covered all the suggestions... The only other suggestion I have is look at Risa's food. Cash, stopped eating his poop when I switched to Natures Variety Raw Medallions...and just recently went back when I tried him on kibble again (and stopped a week after we went back to medallions) I am not saying that this will work for you...only that she may need something nutritionally that she is not getting. Some people have had luck simply switching to a premium dog food. Unfortunately this route is very much trial and error.

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Irene, don't feel alone! We have had this problem with Abby since we got her at 8 months of age and at 1 1/2 yrs. she still will do it given the chance. She is much better than she was, though. We were trying to litter train her in the beginning since that is what her breeder had done. Once we started to take her outside, it improved a lot. She still likes cat & duck poop, though!! I haven't had to brush her teeth or wash her face after a poop-eating episode for a long time so I would say to just hang in there. It does get better! I did see an episode of It's Me or the Dog with Victoria Stillwell about poop eating and she gave some really good advice on that. You have to be very vigilant and basically follow them around outside and say "leave it" as soon as they poop and start to go after it. Of course, you have to clean it up right away, too. I took Abby out on a leash and that helped because you can better control what they do. We tried something that sprinkled on the food but it didn't work for us. Risa is still young so he will probably outgrow it.


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Thanks everyone for the advice and reassurance. I was able to find a few threads on this problem and have been reading them diligently. I think I'll try the pineapple on the food first and see how that goes. Wish me luck!
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Smarty ate her poop for a while when she was a puppy, I think it has as much to do with boredom as anything. Once she got into training or long walks it seemed to stop. Then when I had my foot surgeries and she did not get as much exercise I caught her at it again. She never had the problem of every poop, everyday, but once is enough.

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