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PLEASE tell me the poop eating will end!!!!
I am beyond frustrated! Finley is 16 weeks old and still eats his poop every chance he gets. Yes, I realize it's not going to hurt him, but it's so gross and bothers me so much. I pick up his poop as soon as I see him doing it, but I can not have eyes on him every second of every day. I left the room for 5 minutes to go text a friend, and when I came back, he was eating his poop in his ex-pen. My days revolve around his bowel movements and trying not to leave the house until I think he's empty, which clearly isn't working anyway.
He's currently eating Fromm's Heartland Gold puppy, which I think is a high quality kibble. I've tried giving him ProSense Poop Eater Solutions and GNC Pets Stool-No. I've tried pineapple juice, pineapple bits, pumpkin, Adolph's Meat Tenderizer (though I couldn't think of a way to sprinkle it on his kibble and had him lick it off my hand, which was unsuccessful). I've tried the "Leave It" command every time he goes poop with a treat afterward. That works great when I'm around but can't do that when I'm not there. I've tried hot sauce on his poop, but again, doesn't work if I'm not home.
Finley gets plenty of exercise and would be the perfect little dog if he just didn't eat his poop!!!! He's very food motivated, so I wonder if that makes him more predisposed to coprophagia. I'm thinking of changing his food to see if that will help. Any suggestions?
Please, please, PLEEEEASE tell me this is just a puppy thing and he will outgrow it! (And if so, when????) I am just so disheartened and frustrated.