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Eight Reasons Why Dogs Eat Poop!

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eight reasons why dogs eat their own poop

There's really no way around it! Dogs tend to eat poop! No matter how cute, cuddly, or all of the above your pooch is, there's a good chance they'll take a trip to brown town at some point!

Earlier, we learned a little bit about how to stop your dog from eating it's own poop, but now we have a little more insight as to WHY they do it!

Here are the top eight reasons dogs indulge in the icky habit:

1. Bad Habits

You know how babies like to chew on things when they're teething? Well puppies go through the same thing! Young dogs tend to learn a lot about the world around them by popping anything and everything in their mouthes, and sometimes that includes poop! Some puppies grow out of this phase, but others might cling to the disgusting habit! The best way to avoid it is to give your doggy lots of toys to chew on as a less-gross alternative!

2. Doggy See, Doggy Do Do!

Believe it or not, dogs pick up a lot of their behavior based on what they see us doing! And guess what they see us doing a lot?? Picking up their poop! If a dog is constantly seeing its owner picking up its poop, eventually the pooch is going to want to try it out themselves! And seeing as they don't have hands, well, you get the picture! The best way to avoid this is cleaning after your doggy when they're not around!

3. Look At Me!

Just like everyone else, dogs LOVE attention! So when they start eating their poop and notice all of the extra attention they're getting from you, chances are they'll do it again, even if the reaction is negative! So the best way to prevent this is by not overreacting when you catch your pooch snacking on some stool! In most cases, they'll eventually stop altogether!

4. Clean Up On Aisle #2!

Dogs can be very tidy creatures and they tend to keep their living spaces as clean as possible, especially indoor dogs who are crate trained! So when they make a mess in their area, they'll try to clean it up themselves! So unless you clean up after your dog quickly, they might beat you to the punch!

5. Destroy The Evidence!

This case is similar to the attention-seeking behavior. Dogs who are punished for making a mess tend to notice that pooping equals punishment! So to avoid getting a stern talking to, they'll try to hide the evidence they only place they can. In their bellies! So try to go easy on your dog next time they make a mess!

6. Instincts

A mommy will do ANYTHING to keep her puppies safe! And one of those things is eating their poops! It's in a mama dog's nature to clean up after her puppies and hide their poop from predators, even if the only enemy they have in your house is the vacuum cleaner! But this is simply the dog's instincts kicking in, and in most case the mommy will stop ones her pups are all grown up!

7. Feed Me!

This one is pretty self explanatory! If a dog isn't getting enough food from you, eventually it's going to start looking elsewhere! And after a while that tightly coiled snack sitting on the floor starts to look tastier and tastier with each passing minute! If you feed your dog the right amount of food, chances are they wont look for extra food elsewhere!

8. Sick

This is the least likely of scenarios, but it DOES happen! If your dog is sick and has parasites, there's a chance that it could lead to them eating their own poop! If you're really concerned with your dog's health, you should always take them to the vet for a check-up! And remember, dogs that regularly eat their own poo have a high chance of getting parasites, so if it becomes a regular thing it's probably a good time to have them checked out!

Well now you probably know a little bit more about dog poo than you ever wanted to know, but hopefully it explains a little bit more about why your pooch has acquired a taste for poop!

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10 comments to “Eight Reasons Why Dogs Eat Poop!”

  1. VetTech says – reply to this


    Umm…who wrote this list? Here are the medical issues and nutritional reasons:

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    9. Saw P-Nasty do it in Central Park

  3. VetTech says – reply to this


    Re: VetTech
    Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency: EPI is brought about by a malfunctioning pancreas that is not creating enough digestive enzymes. This malfunction in the pancreas is due to a progressive loss of cells, usual caused by something called a pancreatic acinar atrophy. This atrophy can be the result of simple genetics, a blocked pancreatic duct or past infections. Symptoms of EPI don’t usually present until the pancreas loses 80-90% of it’s enzyme production. German Shepards are the most commonly afflicted breed for this condition.

    Pancreatitis: This is an inflamation of the pancreas that can be caused by any number of factors. Infections, metabolic disorders, high amounts of lipid or calcium in the bloodstream trauma, certain medications, and obesity are all possibilities. Middle aged dogs are most susceptible, with Yorkshire Terriers and Schnauzers being the most commonly affected breeds.

    Intestinal infections: Infections can happen for any number of reasons, but parasites are usually the culprit with dogs. All breeds are susceptible.

    Malabsorptive syndromes: The exact cause of this disorder is unknown, but there is speculation that it may be related to allergies to the proteins in certain cereal grains. In some cases, causes may also be a result of abnormal lymph drainage of the intestine.

  4. TruthSpeaker says – reply to this


    some dogs eat poop because they smell the corn fillers thats used in dog food and they assume it's more food because of that corn. good way to avoid this: by dog food that isn't full of corn fillers or preservatives.

  5. sonny says – reply to this


    My dog has never eaten poop. Maybe they learn the bad habit from their owner!

  6. anon says – reply to this


    this list is not accurate …. 2 reasons my be true .. the rest seem to be a guess

  7. teeter totter says – reply to this


    Had a dog once, never saw him eat poop once. (English pointer)

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    Someone somewhere made this up. It's all bull. Why is this even on this website. Isn't this supposed to be a CELEBRITY gossip website? Idiot.

  9. Fat says – reply to this


    Re: anon – Is that why it eats its parents?

  10. Fat says – reply to this


    Re: FatRe: anon – Poo.