Dogs are notorious for eating poop. It’s a habit that many dog owners find disgusting, but it’s actually very normal and healthy behavior. Dogs eat their own poop to get rid of the extra nutrients from undigested food in their intestines, and to keep parasites away! But what if you don’t want your pup eating any more doo-doo?
Why do Dogs Eat poop?
Dogs eat their own poop for the same reason they do lots of weird dog stuff – it’s instinctual! From an evolutionary standpoint, eating feces is a way to keep your den clean. If there are parasites in with you or your pack, getting rid of them by passing them through the body keeps everyone healthy and parasite-free. Plus, if another predator comes along while you’re doing your business outside, being able to get up quickly makes predators less likely to catch prey. It might be gross but then again so is having worms living inside of you …
What can I do about my Dog Eating Poop?
If you have tried everything but still think that Fido has some serious issues trying to eat his own poo (or anyone else’s), you need to make sure that your dog is getting the right nutrients. Dogs who are malnourished or anemic often resort to eating feces because they don’t have enough food – and once again, it’s a way for them to get rid of parasites.
If Fido has plenty of nutritious foods in his bowl but still goes after the poo pile every day, try taking him out on leash so he doesn’t have time to do anything except sniff around before coming back inside! This can be tiring at first if your pup follows you everywhere, but eventually, he will stay closed when outside with you which makes this method more successful. You can also use “pee-pee” pads or newspaper to train your dog to go on them instead of the lawn (just make sure you clean up after him).
Poop eating is a natural behavior for dogs, and most owners don’t want to completely stop their pups from doing it. But if you’re looking for ways to help Fido break this bad habit or even just get rid of some parasites in his system – giving him more nutritious food should do the trick!
To prevent your dogs from eating poop you can follow the below tips-
Pick up poop as soon as possible
Keep your dog on a leash when outside to decrease the risk of them eating poop
Feed your dog more high-quality food with less ingredients, which will help prevent dietary issues that may lead to pooping in the house
Give your dog fresh water everyday and make sure they always have access to it. This can also help prevent urinary tract infections from happening too often, which could lead to dogs eating their own feces
Make sure there is no cat litter around for them to eat. Cats are attracted by the smell of urine and will use an area if they find it’s been used before.
Clean any areas where you know or suspect your pet has eaten their own feces so that they don’t want to do it again
“Think of your dog as a toddler. If you don’t want them to eat cake, why would you give it to them? The same goes for poop! Dogs are attracted to feces because they have an innate desire to sniff out and consume prey that could be hiding in the dirt or grass–a natural instinct from their days as wild animals.”