Why Does My Dog Eat Poop ?



It is not uncommon for dogs to eat their own stool or that of other animals. This behavior is called coprophagia, and it can be reversed. When you see your dog eating poop, you should first check with your veterinarian to rule out potential health issues, then develop a plan to safely correct the behavior.

Sometimes our canine friends exhibit strange behaviors that leave us puzzled. One such behavior your dog may exhibit is eating their own poop, or what’s known as coprophagia. While this appears repulsive to us, it is not an uncommon behavior in dogs. The good news is that, with a little care and training, you can teach your dog to stop eating their poop.

What is coprophagia, and how common is it?

The act of eating feces is known as coprophagia and, according to a 2012 study by Dr. Benjamin Hart, approximately one in four dogs has eaten their own poop at least once. Sometimes dogs will even eat fecal matter from other animals, including different species.

When are dogs most likely to eat their own waste?

Dogs can experience coprophagia at any age. However, puppies may be more inclined to eat their own poop as they experiment with their surroundings. Usually, puppies may grow out of this habit without any outside behavior modification.

Why do dogs eat poop?

The concept of coprophagia can be difficult for humans to understand, but it may be part of a dog’s natural instincts, a behavior inherited from their ancestors. In the past, wild canines may have ingested their own feces as an antidote to starvation or to keep their rest areas clean and free from intestinal parasites found in fecal matter.

Additionally, dogs may eat their own stool as a stress behavior or in response to adverse living conditions. The following situations may cause your dog to eat their own poop:

Isolation: Keeping a dog in isolation or restricted to small spaces for long periods of time.

Anxiety : Some dogs may eat their own poop after eliminating as a way to “get rid of the evidence” if they experience harsh punishment during housetraining.

The bathroom is by their food bowl: If your dog’s food is near where it defecates, it may not be able to tell the difference between the two substances.

A lack of attention : Some dogs may eat their own poop to get a reaction from their owners. Overreacting to this behavior can worsen the problem as it gives dogs the satisfaction of eliciting a reaction.

Coprophagia may also be a sign of a nutritional deficiency. If your dog is not getting the nutrients they need from food, they might eat their own poop in an attempt to satisfy their body’s needs. Underlying health issues may also cause dogs to exhibit this behavior, so it’s important to have your dog examined by a vet to determine the root cause.

What happens when my dog eats poop?

Eating their own poop can be harmless to dogs, although there is a chance they may be ingesting parasites found in the fecal matter. The likelihood of this increases if your dog is eating poop from other dogs or animal species.

What should I do if my dog is eating poop?

The best ways is using the PET N PET Dog Poop Bags to pick up the waste.

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