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Old 09-01-2016, 07:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Barf vs Kibble diet- and the love of poo for dessert

Not sure if this question has been asked before regarding our gorgeous labbies that have an addiction to poo eating when on their walks if given the chance.

I was wondering today if there is a chance that taking the step to changing from feeding a quality dry food to feeding a Barf diet could possibly lead to our beloved labs giving up the need to forage for the discarded poo left laying about by thoughtless dog owners?

It is a long shot, but if the Barf feeder owners could take a moment to respond with a positive or negative if their doggies have a love of poo for dessert when on off lead walkies maybe there is a chance we could find the solution to end our pooches addiction to their unsavoury pasttime.

Fingers crossed for a positive,

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None of mine eat other dog poop, cat poop, herbivore poop yes, but they don't eat other dogs. Google coprophragia, it's a hot topic!
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I have googled it in the past, and never really found the information helped.

My theory for Suzie and Bruno doing it is the conditions they lived in previously, being deprived of food making it a case of survival eating whatever was available.

Mischa didn't do it before Bruno came, it seemed to start when Bruno had built up his stamina probably a couple of months after his arrival, I first noticed it when they were off lead and Mischa following Bruno, he seemed to think it was there for him to clean up, sadly Mischa helped him out, then it just became a habit.

It is different with Suzie though, she has a weird habit of sometimes picking it up and just bringing it in,[ usually before I have had a chance to clear up first thing in morning] I've watched her laying in her bed and just staring at her find.
In her case I am not sure if this could be something to do with the aftermath of cleaning up after many litters of pups, I have found no written evidence of this being a possibility though.

The reason for posting the question was hopefully to get a positive response to confirm that Barf fed dogs generally did not eat poop, whereas it is surprising how many owners of Labs do complain that their dogs do eat poop, usually they are fed dry or wet/tinned food.

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June we had both Tara and Martha raw fed.Neither of them ate poo.We had problems with martha with Irritable Bowel,and meat was the problem.So we had to stop giving it to Martha,She is now on kibble and loves dog poo.We would have still fed Raw if this hadn't happend,much prefer raw than kibble.Hope this helps.
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Thanks Margaret, the thought came to me a couple of days ago when I was watching them after they had their chicken wings .

I am not sure if I can feed them raw every meal, but it would be interesting to see if they did move away from their need to supplement the kibble.

Maybe I could carry a chicken wing or 2 as treats when they have a nice off lead run about.

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I've had some problems with dogs I've rescued or rehomed that were on a mainly kibble diet, usually poor quality, and from a back ground as you say, where they had to take advantage of any food they could get. But once on a raw diet this behaviour tends to stop. Their poop tends to be small, hard pebbles, which is an extra bonus as easy to pick up.
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Brodie is fed raw, he doesn't scavenge at all I'm glad to say. Certainly not interested in eating dog pooh, in fact he even sniffs it at a distance 😀😀 When we're out he carries his ball all the time, when he wants to pooh he drops his ball moves away a couple of yards does what he needs to then goes back for his ball while I pick up, and if his ball should come into contact with other dogs pooh he spits his ball out and won't touch it until I've wiped it of in the grass or with loo roll which I carry in my pocket solely for that reason!!!
Zak always took his time with his carcasses, Brodie however only takes a couple of minutes so now he has a 4 rib rack of veal or lamb whichever is nearest in the freezer. I sit in the garden with my first cuppa while he's having his breakfast, yep whatever the weather 🙄🙄 I love to see and hear him chewing away, OH thinks I'm nuts sat out there in my dressing gown under an umbrella or with my hood up when it's cold!
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I will be picturing you out in the garden tomorrow morning enjoying your cuppa

What a good idea atleast you don't have a greasy floor to clean up, I know what to do now when they have their next raw meal, may have to get hubby to put up the gazebo if its not to windy

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I've currently got 2 labs, Frank who's 2 and has been raw fed for the majority of his life, doesn't eat other dogs poo! Doesn't stop him from trying to eat fox poo and cow poo, but not dog!

Barbara is 13 weeks, on kibble which the breeder supplied, until she finishes that off and will then go onto raw. Kept her on the same as the breeder to try and make the move from with mum, dad and siblings to us easier. She's already started to snack on her own if we don't clear it up quick enough!

I'm convinced that the diet does affect this, raw fed poos are smaller, firmer, less smelly and less frequent. They're also less windy!

I think that a dog doesn't absorb/digest as much of a kibble based diet as it does a raw one, meaning what comes out the other end is not that different from what went in and therefore still as tasty!
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Thanks for the feed back Phil, [ a pun there ]

My main problem is my lot eating what they find when out, if off lead they spend the first part of walk scouting for tasty morsels left by lazy owners who don't pick up after their dogs.

Its not so bad at home I do clear up as soon as they have been out, however, my rescue girl does sometimes bring a woopsie in , its not pleasant and she does get a scolding, not quite sure what she has on her mind I do wonder why she just lays and stares at it as if she has found a fiver and not sure whether to tell anyone.
Believe me if she wasn't so special she would get my toe up her bum when I catch her, sadly I'm afraid she is to fragile and loved so is spoilt.

Anyway I will continue with my experiment to see if raw diet will help reduce the need for their bad habit, perhaps when they get used to it I will make it a fulltime diet.

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