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Red face Eww! Gross! Jack is a poop eater!

Jack has only had a couple of poop accidents in the house but I noticed that he tried to eat it. Eww! I quickly cleaned it up.

Now every time he poops, he immediately tries to eat it. Tonight he went out, did his business, I stopped him from eating it and we went in. 15 minutes later, Jack was lurking near the door so I figured...'sigh, now he has to pee.' Out we go. He ran immediately over to his poop and started gulping it down. EWWW!!!!

Could be it because he got wormed Sat.?

Not enough food? I increased the amount of food. He seems a little too bony and frantic for food. He is on the Wellness Puppy which the breeder used.

Is it a puppy phase?

A nasty Havanese trait which everyone is secretly hiding?

I googled it but there was really no definite answer as to what to do. The only thing that they suggested besides checking with the vet is to be ready to lure him away immediately with a treat. And of course, clean up the poop immediately. I usually do it the next day - in the daylight...

I know I over-reacted tonight but it was dark and there was munching noises and a hideous poop smell. Jack doesn't seem to have minded having his teeth and tongue brushed. Maybe the doggy toothpaste is poop-flavored?

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Hello - my name is Augie - and I am a poop eater......... if you find a cure, my Mom would sure like to know, because she says she absolutely loves everything about me, but THAT!!!

I sure can sympathize with you Pam. Augie gets taken out on a leash to potty and we ALWAYS carry a poop bag with us to pick it up immediately because, if given any chance at all, he will go for it. Not only his poop, but ANY poop. He is getting a bit better about leaving it with the 'leave it' command. I was hoping he would outgrow it, but it isn't happening!! I have no other complaints about my boy though - he isn't a barker, or a marker, or aggressive, or have separation anxiety or any number of other things he could have, so if he has this one fault I guess we can deal with it. But that smacking down noise when they are chowing on it makes me want to !!!

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An opinion only --- I think it's a puppy trait. However, I also think that means that you don't encourage that behavior by allowing it, rather train away from that behavior to a treat and a party for successful potty in the right area, and then a fast clean up.

My vet recommends we follow the dogs around with a pick up bag when they are out for a potty break. That might help with the problem you have. My issue is that I let them outside to play at times during the day when I've got a project of some such to work on -- and they decide that the exact spot where they are is the 'right' spot to do their business.

Luckily neither Snickers nor Snoopy has proven to be a poop eater (although Snicks did a time or two when she was quite young).

Best to train them away from the behavior as quickly as possible -- you really don't want them ingesting parasite riddled feces.

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I really can't help much since Cicero is not a poop eater...for which I am thankful. He goes to some bushes and hides to poop and the second he is done he will RLH away. But I have heard that if you take some red pepper and immediately sprinkly a little on...that that will break they quick.


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I usually don't do the bag thing in the yard, only on walks. (Can't have the neighbors hating us.) We live on a wooded lot so we just toss the stuff with a pooper scooper into the trees. No one goes in there. Wicked Poison Ivy!

I think it actually helps keep some of the wild beasties away. Skunks, deer, etc.

Do you think I should let him see me clean it up? Would it make him think it is a marvelous treat I am hiding from him?

sigh.... more work...

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I really can't help much since Cicero is not a poop eater...for which I am thankful. He goes to some bushes and hides to poop and the second he is done he will RLH away. But I have heard that if you take some red pepper and immediately sprinkly a little on...that that will break they quick.
Red pepper? okay, I will give it a try but I thought Havs were Cuban. wouldn't they love spicy food?

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Try the bitter apple spray. It works on anything Rosie chews on (yes she still chews on the furniture( I broke her from the chicken poop buy just fussing at her--she hates bad girl. And the litter box, I finally put the opening up in a corner and she couldn't get to it. Now she ignores the litter box completely. You dog will probably grow out of it, If you can't get the bitter product, use hot sauce.
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I have some of the bitter apple stuff. It does work well. I got it after the Evil Nessie decided the baseboard behind her crate was a lovely chewy. Ack!

I am going to need a jacket with a lot of pockets!

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Piper is also a poop eater. I thought she would grow out of it but she is two now and still will do it if given the opportunity. I always take her out on a leash and pick it up immediately but if I hesistate for a second, she will lunge for it. I have been successful with "leave it". She will also eat other dogs poop which is even worse and almost impossible to deal with. I am constantly scanning the ground as we're walking. If we are at a park and another dog poops, I have to race to grab her or start yelling "leave it". I am on constant poop patrol but if she manages to get some she gets picked up immediately and taken home to get her mouth washed out and teeth cleaned which does not seem to act as a deterrent but makes me feel better.

I'm interested to see if someone has tackled this problem. It's never left out so spraying it with something isn't an option, with Piper it is a crime of opportunity.

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Coprophagia solutions

Victoria Stillwell describes varous approaches to this problem:

http://animal.discovery.com/tv/its-m...eats-poop.html

Check the type of food -- if it is the grocery store version, do try out a high quality brand that uses whole meat only and no corn or soy (e.g., Wellness, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul, etc).

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