why do puppies eat their own faeces

***If your pup is a chronic poop-eater, consult with your veterinarian. ***
Eating poop. If you haven t seen your dog do it, I m sure you ve seen someone s dog do it. But why do they do it? It s so disgusting. Technically referred to as coprophagia, the eating of feces is commonplace among dogs for a variety of reasons. According to the, the motivations your dog may have for eating its own feces include perfectly natural doggie instincts, but may also indicate some form of malnourishment. For the most part, dogs eat their poo because old habits die hard.

Though our pups tend to be domesticated and housebroken, they still have the mentality that they live in the wild. In a state of nature, dog parents would often eat the feces of their young to keep their nest clean and prevent predators from being alerted by the smell. Another reason may be that in the absence of food, dogs ate their poop for the minimal nutritional value it offered. Since your dog doesn t live in the wild, 1. Flavor It might actually taste good to them. This is likely the result of being fed too much people food, enriching the feces with the residual scents and flavors of human cuisine. 2.

Boredom While you may never have tried to kill time by eating out of the toilet, your dog doesn t have a smartphone or an Xbox to keep herself busy. 3. Anxiety Coprophagia can be one of the compulsions triggered by anxiety if your pup suffers from it, not unlike compulsive chewing. 4. Spring Cleaning Not spring necessarily, but if you have a backyard full of poop, your dog might just be doing the cleanup you should be doing. 5. Attention-seeking Behavior Do you react loudly every time your pup reaches for a bite of poo?

Your dog might anticipate that reaction and simply do it to get you to pay attention to her. 6. Avoiding Punishment If the dog has been rebuked for pooping in specific places, then they may conclude that it is necessary to dispose of the evidence. 7. Monkey See, Monkey Do Your dog may simply be imitating the behavior of other dogs it knows. While gross to think about, it does happen. And shouldn t you know why your dog does the things he does? You can t get a more expert opinion.

Featured image via Our puppy eats her own poo. We thought she might grow out of it but at 6 months she's still doing it, and unfortunately she's a very licky dog that won't take no for an answer - she will find a way to lick your hand while you're not looking and then your hand smells as bad as her breath. I've looked it up and it sounds unlikely to be a nutritional deficiency as we feed her a good quality complete food. Behaviourally we're doing what we can distracting her and picking it up without making a big deal which can apparently make things worse by making the poo a high value item.

One thing we don't have control over is when she goes out through the dogflap and poos in the garden when we're all out at work, so we were thinking maybe you can get pills to add to their food that makes the poo taste bad? I know certain foods can do this, but apparently their sense of smell is much better than their sense of taste so they can easily distinguish poo that has been made to taste bad in this way. Anyone tried any pills (or any other deterrent) that worked?