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How to stop my dog from eating poop

How to stop my dog from eating poop

Is your dog eating his own poop in the backyard or digging up poop on their walk? My friend's dog used to eat cat poop while sniffing in gardens. Before you knew it she was chomping on poop and the last thing you want to do was dig it out of her mouth… OK enough of that.

Why I ask, WHY!!!!

How to stop my dog from eating poop

Eating poop is actually called Coprophagia and, surprisingly eating poop is quite normal for some animal including dogs. Rabbits obtain important nutrients from eating poop and often, if they stop they will develop health problems.

Generally eating their own poop is harmless but by eating other animals poop they may catch infections, disease and parasites. That being said, most dogs eat other dog’s poop rather than their own.

In most cases, this behavior will go away as the puppy get older.

Why does my dog eat poop then?


Mother dogs will often lick their puppies clean to keep both the pup and the den clean. It is perhaps this reasons that female dogs are more likely to eat poop. Some dogs will eat their own poop in an attempt to clean either the yard . This can easily turn into a habit.

Confined spaces

If dogs spend too much time confined to a small spaces they may eat poop. Dogs don't like messing in their own dens so your dog may be cleaning his own space.


Eating poop is considered part of the growing and learning process and exploring the world around them. Most will be satisfied with a sniff here and there but some dogs will want to explore and investigate further.

Lack of nutrients

Malnourished dogs or dogs that have parasites or worms do not digest food properly, because the parasites consume many of the nutrients. Dogs may try to re-digest the food to get all of the nutrients they can from it. 

Stress and anxiety

When dogs are in stressful situations they may behave differently. This may include eating poop! Give your dog  time to adjust to the situation and calm down. Exercise is also a great way to reduce stress.


If the dog has been punishment or treated harshly during house training your dog may be eating their own poop to get rid of the evidence


Your dog may be successful in getting your attention when he eats his own poop. 

9 ways to stop your dog eating poop

Ok, that's the why, but you are probably want to cut straight to how to stop your dog from eating poop. Well here a 9 ways that you can try:

1. Vet checkup

Get a checkup first to make sure that your dog is not unwell.

How to stop my dog from eating poop

2. Worming

Give your dog a worm treatment to remove any worms or parastites.

  • Safe Guard treats against Tapeworms, Roundworms, Hookworms, and Whipworms
  • Easy to feed granules that mix into food
  • Safe for young puppies over the age of 6 weeks, pregnant dogs, and heartworm infected dogs
  • Must be administered for 3 consecutive days and is effective for 6 months
  • Each package contains three 4-gram pouches

3. Poop Deterrents

These will make your dog’s poop taste really bad and deter him from eating the poop. 

Four Paws Potty Mouth formulation is a remedy to stop pets from consuming poop. 

Contains brewers yeast, cayenne, biotin, vitamin B1 , B2 , B6, Niaciamide, iron, copper and is based on supplements that your dogs may need

Chewable tablets are available in 60 ct. and 120 ct.

4. Clean up the yard regularly

Try to pick up your dog poop regularly. If it is not there, he can’t eat it.

5. Muzzle

Some people muzzle their dogs to prevent poop eating. Im not a fan of this one.

6. Time

Most puppies seem to stop eating poop as they get older.

7. Supervision

You may need to work hard to deter your dog from eating poop.  Supervisor you dog when he is outside and deter him when he is able to go in for the poop swoop.

8. Training

Teach your dog the “Leave it” command and “come”. When you are in the yard or out walking, get your dog to understand that eating poop is not acceptable.

New York Times #1 bestselling author, Cesar Millan shows you how to raise the perfect dog and prevent behavior issues before they start.

  • Creating perfect obedience from day one through rules, boundaries, and calm-assertive leadership​
  • how to avoid the most common mistakes owners make raising puppies and young dogs
  • how to correct any issue before it becomes a problem
  • the essentials of proper nutrition

9. Vitamin supplementation.

Give your dog a high quality multivitamin to replace missing nutrients.

Multiple Vitamin for Active/Senior/Working Dogs or if you just want an extra boost.

One Tablet per Day Formula.

Pet-Tabs Plus has a higher potency of specific vitamins & minerals versus the Pet-Tabs OF (Original Formula)

Good luck!!   I think this is a lot more civilised.....

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