Please help! I caught my 8 week old puppy eating her own poop last night. It was not poop she found in the back yard. I know this is disgusting, but it was what she had just eliminated. Why would she do this? Is she hungry? Please tell me how to stop this nasty habit. Thanks.
Hopefully someone will offer more help than me. But it is not uncommon, if that makes you feel any better. There are meds that supposedly reduce the desire but I never went that way.
Teach leave it, stay on top of your dog when it is doing its business and get it picked up. Picking up is a good idea anyway. Remember on teaching leave it, it is good to have an even better treat in your hand to reward the right behavior.
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
One of mine used to do that. It has nothing to do with hunger - just a nasty thing that dogs do because - well they can be gross. And he stopped eventually on his own.
I had no luck at all with the over the counter pills that are supposed to make poop unpalatable for dogs. But some people have success with Fig Newtons.
And - your puppy should be pretty closely supervised at 8 weeks so picking it right up should not be so hard to do.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
We just started our two JRT'S on the over the counters for Coprophagia. So far so good. I put them both on it because they are in the same kennel and it makes all of the poop taste yucky...oh so I have heard. lol
I read somewhere that if you feed them a little pineapple their poop isn't nearly as appealing to them. Thank god my 3 didn't do that. It also helps to pick up right off so they don't get the chance.