We were at a Dog Guard Out of Sight Fence installation in Wellington last week and noticed that the dog we were training was eating his poop. The owner was very embarrassed and didn’t know what to do. Since we are also Master Dog Trainers, we have seen this problem many times before. We offered our embarrassed client some advice and observations based on our experience.
We think that poop is nasty stuff and always try to avoid it at all costs. On the other hand, dogs see poop as just another source of protein and, for specific reasons, might decide to eat it or put it in their mouth. There are many products on the market that try to discourage “doggie poop eating” and you can Google them and try them out. Over the years we have talked with a lot of clients who have tried the “internet product solutions”. We have found that these solutions are normally “hit or miss”. We would first like to suggest some options and observations we have found to be successful over the years. Give them a try:
- Dogs eat poop out of boredom or the lack of appropriate distractions. Think of this as they have nothing better to do, let’s eat poop. It is important that you exercise and engage your dog between 15 and 45 minutes a day. If this doesn’t happen, they can build up a lot of pent up energy and seek out “things to do on their own”. One of “these things” could be eating poop. As a first step, make sure that you engage your dog daily with play and exercise. Hint: Walking on a leash down the street is not exercise. You need to get him running and engaging in active events (based on his age).
- Diet is many times a cause for dogs eating poop. If you are feeding your dog a poor quality dog food, he is not getting the protein he needs. Switch him to a high quality food without by-products and possibly grains. You can find a great example by going to this site: Really Good Dog Food.
- Be with your dog when he is out going to the bathroom. Correct him as soon as he approaches any poop. If needed, modify his eating schedule so that he is not alone when he normally has to go to the bathroom.
- Add DanActive yogert or veggies into his regular food. This will help with his digestive process.
- You can also try adding probiotic dog supplements to your dog’s diet.
When dogs eat poop is is probably because of a lack of protein in their diet or a need to redirect their socialization process. What needs to be done is to methodically review different alternatives to meet your dog’s needs. This can sometimes be difficult and that is why we are here to help you. For more information, please contact us at The Best Out of Sight Dog Fence Dog Trainers in Wellington and South Florida.