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Moe, first Oakley is adorable. and you are not alone. There are a lot of threads on here about poo eating (coprophagia.) I would do a search through the threads there is a lot of info and support. There are many reasons, from trying to hide the evidence, to being festidiously clean, to vitamin deficiencies ...to in what I think was the case for us...hunger.
I remember the first time I realized Cash was poo eater...he was chewing something under the table and it looked like he was truly savoring it...(whatcha got there buddy? ewwwwww.) we tried everything... forbid, pumpkin, pinapple juice in his food...tabasco on the tootsie rolls... the best result was leashing him when we thought it was time to go so we could snatch it up. We knew we were in for a long haul when my DH witnessed Cash twist into a pretzel to get the tootsie roll on the way out. We feel he was really just hungry.
Through trial and error and his tendency to being overweight...we tried him on a no kibble diet. We use the Natures Variety raw medallions, I am not recommending this...but I cook them...cause I can't do raw. Low and behold he lost interest in his poop 99.5% of the time. Interestingly enough, I just tried to get him back on some kibble (taste of the wild...high protein) Because he seemed to be a bit constipated from the medallions... sure enough after 3 weeks on the kibble he started eating his poo again. I don't know if it is the carbs (potato in the grain free kibbles) that makes him hungrier...but he seems to do best with limited carbs. If Oakley has been on a grain free diet...perhaps it is worth trying one of the good standard diets. Innova or Fromm's, or Merrick. All dogs are different, where as Cash does best on limited carbs, Jasper comes alive on a grain based diet.
good luck. I never in my life thought I could love a poo eater the way I do.
Missy, Jasper & Cash