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Old 11-10-2011, 12:33 PM
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Pup is eating his doo doo

My pup won't drink or eat out of another dog's bowl, doesn't step in his pee-pee or doo doo, but recently he's been nibbling and EATING his own doo-doo, the dried kind... not the fresh steamy ones.

Is this just natural puppy behavior? Maybe he's underfed? Anyone care to chime in?
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For puppies, I've heard they can grow out of it. It can also be a sign of a poor quality food. If your pup is on a high quality food, I would just clean up after him more frequently to curb the habit. You can check the star rating of your food here. I would make sure it has 4+ stars.
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He's on **** Van Patten Natural dry food and Canidae all age dry food.
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No matter the food, he may not be getting the proper nutrients from the food he's on. Every dog is different.

OR, something may be preventing him from absorbing the nutrients he needs. (When was the last time his feces was tested for parasites?)

OR he may grow out of it and it's a puppy phase.

All you can really rule out are the parasites, and that's not always full-proof.


You can try adding some meat tenderizer to his food. It's supposed to make the poop taste worse (go figure) and stops most dogs from eating it. But, since you specify he only eats dry poop, then yes, I'd say cleaning it up quicker is better.
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Lots of puppies eat poo, for all the reasons mentioned so far. Also because it can be a fun, stinky toy.

Many puppies outgrow the habit. Sometimes a change in diet helps.

The best thing is to pick up his poo asap to decrease the chances this becomes a real obsession.
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@Tess thanks for the input..., really good stuff.
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