Eats His Poop - Yuck

Posted by theresa-murray
Apr 11, 2013
I have a 4 month old Coton De Tulear, he's a sweet dog but he eats his poop. I pick it up as quickly as possible to beat him to it, but if I am working in the garden and he's in the yard I will turn around and he's eatting it. How do I stop this, not only is it super gross, but it can't be very good for him.

Posted by Preethi KOP
Apr 14, 2013
Hello Theresa,

Don't fret you're not alone, there are many dog owners going through the exact same problem. Thankfully, there are many options when it comes to solving it so I will give you a few pointers.
Chapter 302 (G) in the Secrets to Dog training book is a great reference if you want to read up a little more on the issue.

- The best solution is to pick up poop right away so he doesn't have a chance to get at it. A good poop-routine is an easy way to ensure this. Take him out immediately after each meal and encourage him to go. Lots of praise the minute he starts urinating/defecating is a great way to habituate him.
- You could also try adding pineapple/zucchini to his diet or consult your vet on commercial products available to add to food in order to decrease the appetence of the poop.
- There are suggestions in the literature that this behaviour results because of a deficiency in their diets, so ensure that he is getting all the nutrients (esp. vitamins and minerals) he needs.
- A firm loud "NO" or a loud clap is a good way to get him to realize this behaviour is unacceptable. If that doesn't startle him enough, you could try to spray him using a water gun when you catch him in the act. Remember, you must do so as he is doing the act, not after, as it will not get your point across to him.

I hope this helps. Good luck