How to stop my Puppy from eating her escrament

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  • Olive Greenz Olive Greenz on Aug 30, 2017
    Talk to your vet. Have her checked out. Probably need to change her dog food.

  • that's a really tough problem that I have to deal with from time to time. There are drops that you can add to her food that would make her feces undesirable, many have natural ingredients that can't hurt her tummy. Otherwise, I have learned to clean up right away after, clap my hands and shout "NO". then praise when they listen. Good luck.

  • Pandalana Williams Pandalana Williams on Aug 30, 2017
    Work on the command "leave it". How old is the puppy? Sometimes this is normal. It can be caused by boredom, anxiety, and poor quality dog food.

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    • M.rivera M.rivera on Aug 31, 2017
      4 months old and she has a playmate another dog 1 years her half sister, and they do play alot. but right after feeding her i have to be alert or she will snatch it so fast, jut like a blink of an eye. thanks

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Aug 30, 2017
    I was always told that when they eat it that is was because they were looking for something that was missing in their diet. Haven't had the problem since all of our dogs were switched to a good dry food. We use Natural Balance and Merrick. The Natural Balance is the main food and the Merrick is a treat for after meals or a little mixed in. Even our tender tummy white shepherd has no problem with them. Natural balance has a great puppy food. Better food may cost more, but it is really better for them. My son switched all our dogs to the Natural Balance when he was in vet tech school and he researched all the dog foods for ingredients and percentages.

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    • M.rivera M.rivera on Sep 01, 2017
      Thank you Thank you, will let you know how it went. i bought Natural Balance and Merrick. will see how she will react. and BTW i had taken her to the vet twice for this, and he gave me for bid, this is her second box. i notice she get diarrhea, so i stopped given it to her. but let's hope this is the answer to my prayers. thanks to all.

  • First are you feeding her enough for her energy level and nutrition needs? Time and time again I have seen malnourished animals. They need proper nutrition and water as any other living thing. Check with your vet - make an appointment and feed her a bit more food prior to the appointment to see if her behavior changes. Chances are she is starving.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Aug 30, 2017
    Have you had her to a vet to check for heartworms? It can also be a sign of a lack of nutrients. Here is a link to reasons and what do try to do about them

    • M.rivera M.rivera on Aug 31, 2017
      Thanks for the info i did went and follow the link, is fustrating to see her do this all the time, a simple no does works sometimes if i catch her in time. well everyone has helped so much, i have been online since she came home in June, and this has been the best site, i really have gotten some great tips. thanks

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 30, 2017
    Speak to the Vet, may have a lack of some thing. My daughters dog had same problem.

  • Molly Anmar Molly Anmar on Aug 30, 2017
    In many cases, dogs start to eat their own poop because of some kind of environmental stress or behavioral triggers, including:
    • Isolation: Studies have shown that dogs who are kept alone in kennels or basements are more likely to eat poop than those dogs who live close to their people.
    • Restrictive confinement: Spending too much time confined in a small spaces can cause the problem. It's not unusual to see coprophagia in dogs rescued from crowded shelters.
    • Anxiety: often a result of a person using punishment or harsh methods during housetraining. According to this theory, dogs may eliminate and then eat their own poop to get rid of the evidence, but then they are punished more. It becomes a vicious cycle.
    • Attention-seeking: Dogs eat their own poop to get a reaction from their humans, which they inevitably will. So if you see your dog doing this, don't overreact.
    • Inappropriate association with real food: Dogs who are fed in close proximity to their feces may make a connection between the odors of food and those of poop and will be unable to tell the difference.
    • Scenting it on their mothers: in some cases, puppies will get confused by sniffing fecal odors on their mother's breath after she has cleaned them. Also, sometimes mothers may regurgitate food that is mixed with puppy fecal matter. He calls this an "appetitive inoculation," which may set a puppy up to develop this bad habit.
    • Living with a sick or elderly dog: Sometimes a healthy dog will consume stools from a weaker canine member of the household, especially in cases of fecal incontinence. Scientists hypothesize that this may be related to the instinct to protect the pack from predators.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 30, 2017
    you can put her on additional enzymes in a pill or a powder,but speak to your vet

  • Pandalana Williams Pandalana Williams on Aug 30, 2017
    This is called coprophagia.

    If your dog eats poop, you should make sure it’s not because of a health issue. Some dogs will start eating poop when they aren’t absorbing enough nutrients, they have parasites, or they have issues with their pancreas. All coprophagic dogs should be examined by a veterinarian.

    If you are house training your puppy and you are making the mistake of rubbing your puppy's nose in poop; do not do this; it is ineffective. He may eat it to dispose of the evidence.

    If he is not getting enough protein; and too much carbs in his food - especially dog foods with grains in them; he may not be getting enough nutrients. If you are feeding your puppy a low quality food; consider doing some research on better grain free food for your dog; or considering making him his food. There is evidence that a lack of vitamin B can cause a dog to eat its poop.

  • Mike Mike on Aug 30, 2017
    I have an eight year old Mini Aussie and my dog park friend has a 14 year old Lab. They both have this nasty habit. We try to correct the dogs when we catch them munching. I have to say one thing though they only eat their own do-do. I stopped worrying about it because my dog at 8 years old and my friends dog at 14 years old are both incredibly health. As long as they are eating there own, I decided to stop all the drama over it. Also I am very conscious about cleaning up their poop AND we try to pick up other poop left by lazy dog owners.

  • M.rivera M.rivera on Aug 31, 2017
    Thanks for sharing this info.

  • M.rivera M.rivera on Aug 31, 2017
    I did took her to the vet, he found no heartworm or any parasites, i guess i need to feed her more than twice a day. thanks for your answers they really did help.

  • Pandalana Williams Pandalana Williams on Aug 31, 2017
    There is evidence that a vitamin B deficiency causes this in dogs; who eat dog food with too much grains and not enough nutrients. There are medical conditions that can cause it as well. Are you feeding her a grain free diet. There are lots of options out there or you can make your own dog food.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Sep 01, 2017
    No problem, start with the natural balance first, when you know if she doesn't get diarrhea, then you can start the Merrick. Hope this helps.

  • M.rivera M.rivera on Sep 05, 2017
    got it thanks

  • M.rivera M.rivera on Sep 11, 2017
    I tried the Natural Balance with mixed it with her puppy dry food, and its been two weeks, she stopped eating her poop. thanks sooo much

  • M.rivera M.rivera on Sep 14, 2017
    it worked out just fine, well when i got her 3 months ago, the breeder told me that they give her 8 kibbles with honey 2 x a day, i thought this was extreme so i gave her more, i can now understand why she was reaching out for her poop.

  • Babette Babette on Sep 14, 2017
    I used to have a Beagle who did this, so gross. The Vet said she was lacking a vitamin. Try that and keep disciplining her or him when they do it. Also try to clean up as soon as they go to discourage the habit.