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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.
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?
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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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...
I've heard Orijen was good I don't really know anything about it but I did hear it was a good dog food brand :):)

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IMO nutritional imbalance is probably not the cause, so switching foods most likely won't make a difference unless your current kibble is really lacking. Pups eating their own crap or other dog's crap is fairly common. I know I have dealt with 2 pups which ate their crap. lzrddr is exactly correct as it can be trained out of the pup and even if your dog didn't eat it's own crap, "leave it" training should be a core part of every pup's basic training as there are so many long term benefits besides a dog eating its own crap.

I'm a broken record when it comes to "leave it" training but if you should pursue this basic training, please do not ever as in never reward the dog with the "leave it" item as all too many do. Think of it this way, would you ever reward a dog for leaving some dog crap alone with a piece of dog crap?
 

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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...
I have an English Pointer/Blue Heeler mix.

We feed her Sport Dog Food, beef grain free kibble. Full of probiotics, prebiotics, vegetables and has no grains or any ingredients a lot of dogs tend to be allergic to, like pea powder etc. It's pretty expensive, but you get what you pay for. It's also got 5/5 on dogfoodadvisor, which the reviews are very trustworthy there.

We switched onto it from Hills Science Diet and she has no issues. IT's nutritionally dense. She used to get upset stomachs and diarrhoea a lot, but since the new food, she has done well with it and had perfect poos and no issues. Her coat has gotten better, she has less allergies and itches and is just loving the food too.

Also, it is designed for very, highly active dogs. Ours runs 5k and goes to the dog park every day, because she has that kind of energy!
 

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We ended up switching to Fromm and it seems to have helped a bit. He's pretty good with his leave it command, but the problem is if he managed to run out of sight at the dog park, he'd usually come back with some gross breath, so we wanted to try to train him to stop when we weren't there. I don't want to always have to call him to come so I know he's not eating something he shouldn't when he can be playing and running around instead.
 

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Sounds like food probably had something to do with it. Whatever the deficiencies are/we're, maybe the Fromm will take care of it. I also hope it hasn't started to become a habit. It can be hard to break, if so. But every poop eating issue I have ever seen has been dietary related.
 

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Well, today Jake literally ran up to a dog that was in the middle of pooping so he could eat it, despite all of our leave its and comes. He knows we have his favorite treat and he still doesn't care. Apparently poop is the best thing he's ever had and nothing we can do will stop him.

We're really considering never taking him to the dog park again because we just don't know what to do. We've tried changing foods, we've tried medications, we've tried behavioral training but despite getting him to leave food and my mom's dog alone, he just won't stop when we're at the park.
 
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