Why do dogs eat poop
Why do dogs eat poop? This question bothers many dog
owners, who have faced the problem of dogs eating poop. Dog
owners shake with disgust watching their dog eating own poop
or strange, cat poop etc at dog walking outside.
This habit is not only disgusting, but also extremely dangerous for
a dog itself. That's why such dog behaviour needs correction. Poop
of ill animal may carry many bacterias, like:
Dogs eating poop may cause also infecting with worms.
Why do dogs eat poop? The main reasons.
All the reasons of this phenomenon, called coprophagia, are
still not investigated. But there are obvious reasons for dogs
eating poop, that may be divided into psychological and
1. Obvious reason for dogs eating poop is the intention of
the dog to attract the owner's attention. It happens, that people
take a dog, enjoy playing with their new pet a couple of months,
and then get used to it and do not give as much attention as it
needs. The dog walking becomes a daily burden.
But a dog needs attention constantly. Even a punishment of a dog
is treated by your pet as your attention and is an indispensable
part of your communication. And if a dog owner is running after a
dog, who has just taken poop, it is treated by your pet as a game.
This way a dog owner unwillingly shows a dog, that it is doing
right, acting this way, when it is willing to play.
2. One more psychological reason of dogs eating poop is dogs
eating poop by a lactating female. It is a normal
phenomenon, as mother's duty is to keep the puppy place clean and
The most obvious physiological reason of dogs eating poop
is lack of micronutrients in dog feeding ration. It happens more
frequently with young dogs, who are growing. The cause of
coprophagia is also a pancreatic insufficiency or infectious
diseases of dogs.
The reason of pancreatic insufficiency may be overfeeding of a dog
with a fat food.
How to stop dogs eating poop?
If a dog lacks attention, give it. Play with your dog at daily
walking. Use sticks, toys, communicate with your dog at it will
distract a dog from poop eating.
Train your dog and do not punish it.
A lactating female dog needs help in puppy care. Clean its place
Analyze dog feeding ration and include natural micronurtients.
Consult your vet.
If a dog is fed by dry food, you may gradually change feeding with
more quality food.
If you have reasons to consider, that the reason of dogs eating
poop (coprophagia) is an infection, pancreatic insufficiency etc,
take a dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
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