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Old 11-08-2017, 01:06 PM
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Puppy suddenly started eating poop

My blue heeler mix suddenly started eating poop at around six months. We went to the vet and there wasn't anything medically wrong with him and she said we were feeding him a good food in the proper amounts. We've tried deterrents and keep a close watch on him, but it's been a month and he still manages to find and eat other dogs' poop before we can stop him. We really don't want to stop taking him to the dog park because he loves running with the other dogs, but we can't think of anything else to make him stop. Has anyone else had this problem and figured out what to do?
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Mine won’t eat dog poop but cow, pig, horse...yummy! Ugh. Disgusting and very hard to catch, unless leashed at all times on hikes..
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Try adding some pineapple to his food. They like the sweet taste of it and will eat it willingly, but when its in their poop it tends to turn them off eating it.
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Try adding some pineapple to his food. They like the sweet taste of it and will eat it willingly, but when its in their poop it tends to turn them off eating it.
Yeah. The problem is he doesn't eat his own poop, just other dogs. He even usually leaves my mother's dog's alone and they spend a lot of time together. It's just other dogs...
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other than avoiding situations that expose your pet to another pet's stool, I can think of nothing to avoid that other than a behavioral avoidance training session or two (or lots more in some cases). I am not a behavioral expert, but I am sure there are those who might have ideas on how to train a dog to stay away from certain things (in the same way they can be trained not to cross streets, poop in the house, to stay away from snakes, pay attention etc.)
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What to me is interesting, is some dogs will actively go after poop, their own or another dogs. Other dogs, fortunately Samantha is one, will actively avoid it. She will see or smell it, but has zero interest in it. Now places that other dogs have peed on is a completely different story, she must sniff those spots.
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Sometimes with puppies, it starts out of curiosity and can become a bad habit that's hard to break.

Most of the time though, it's a nutrional thing. What brand of food is your puppy eating?
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Sometimes with puppies, it starts out of curiosity and can become a bad habit that's hard to break.

Most of the time though, it's a nutrional thing. What brand of food is your puppy eating?
He's eating Nutro lamb-based puppy food. We mix some wet in at night and just give him dry in the morning.
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I would look into changing brands. Before I went raw, I was feeding Nutro, and every one of Mike ate poop. I thought about Taste of the Wild, but went with raw. Almost twelve years later, and never another thought of poop eating. I'm not suggesting you go with raw, I'm just saying you may want to at least look into another, higher quality brand. I've done the Nutro thing, and had the same problem. I also found Nutro to be dishonest, but that's a whole different talk show.
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I would look into changing brands. Before I went raw, I was feeding Nutro, and every one of Mike ate poop. I thought about Taste of the Wild, but went with raw. Almost twelve years later, and never another thought of poop eating. I'm not suggesting you go with raw, I'm just saying you may want to at least look into another, higher quality brand. I've done the Nutro thing, and had the same problem. I also found Nutro to be dishonest, but that's a whole different talk show.
I've considered switching foods, but since he's so young I don't want to go raw yet. I've heard good things about Fromm's, Orijen, and Acana from friends, but I'm not sure which...
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