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Wondering if anyone can help?

I have just caught Kane eating his own poo. I have decorators in at the moment so spotting his normal signs for wanting to go out has been difficult with so many distractions.

I am wondering if it could be that he was trying to get rid of it before I noticed? Or could it be anything else? It is the first lapse for a while with him doing something in the house.

He doesn't eat his poo or pay any undue attention to it when he does something outside. Any suggestions about this behaviour much appreciated.

Needless to say I am avoiding any licking behaviour at the moment & made sure he had a drink to rinse out his mouth. :oops:
 

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Hi Kanesdad, :)

Whooooaaa- i bet that was a bit of a shock for you. :shock:

I've heard of some dogs doing this, yes, and i think it's called Coprophagia.

I might be wrong, but i have heard some young puppies do this when they are bored..it could just be because you had the decorators in and maybe he felt his routine was a little disrupted. I have also read that Dogs may eat their own poop during paper or house training in order to cover up their naughty act and that mothers eat their own puppies poops. Has Kane had any accidents in the house? Where does he normally go poop?

I personally wouldn't worry too much about it, although i would keep an eye on it, and the next time he goes to the loo to see what he does with it.

You could try using 'apple spray' which is supposed to have a bitter taste, if he goes to do it again, and then he might associate it with a nasty taste and stop doing it.

Can anyone else shed any light on this> :?

Hope you get it all sorted out anyway Kanesdad, i think its quite a common thing, so dont worry.

Regards,

Bradleysmum
 

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ugh. Dogs can be so disgusting at times! First worms come to mind. The worming cyle can go on and on if the dogs eats them.
Dogs should be wormed every 3 months. If you see worms dead or alive - worm a week afterwards as well.
You can buy a product which you dog eats which will make his faeces unpalatable.
Cophraphagia - is eating faeces. It is done sometimes if a dog as is lacking in a certain nutrient - do you feed you dog a complete good qualith diet?

I hope he stops doing in this - as long as you worm him, do not let him lick you at all, wash your hands before eating, buy the prodict from your vet to stop him doing this.
Is your dog ok in other respects?
 

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Hi chocolabs,

Thanks for responding. Kane was at the vet last week & was wormed again.

He is on Royal Cannin which I presume will have all the nutrients & things that he needs.

As I said I have the decorators in at the moment which seems to have disrupted Kane a bit. He had a wee in the house as well which he was no longer doing.

I think I will have to keep an eye on him & if he does anything like this again I will get him wormed.

He seems fine in every other way. His normal mischievious self...... :evil:
 

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Oh Poo

My mom's Lab taught my two how to enjot this delicacy. Have no idea why they do it. Mom has given up reprimanding her. When told to leave it they usually do. Its kind of funny when we stare at them when they act suspicious and they sort of casually drop it out the side of their mouth.

Here are a few links:

http://www.dog-play.com/poop.html

http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_PoopEating.php

http://www.ddc.com/petplace/dogtraining/poop.html

http://www.i-love-dogs.com/canine/dog3236.html

http://www.diamondsintheruff.com/poopeating.html

http://www.perfectpaws.com/copro.html

http://www.takingthelead.co.uk/3/BehAdv/coprophagia.htm

HTH
 

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How's it going with Kane this morning? Did he go to eat it again?
Hi Bradleysmum,

Thanks for asking. No he seems fine today. Was just that once & he hasn't had an accident in the house for ages. The decorators car has broken down this morning so they aren't here yet (That's what they tell me anyway!)

Will keep an eye on the little tinker though. Hope Bradley is ok & fighting fit 8)
 

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Glad Kane is ok, isn't that the oldest trick in the book...your decorators car breaking down..lol!!

Bradley is fine now thank you- also being a little tinker, or should i say, 'stinker' !!! :D
 

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My vet told me that dog's sometimes eat their own poo when their body hasn't digested food properly, so the dog can still smell the food in it's waste which is why they feel the need to eat it!! Haven't had any problems with my lab doing this so far but my 5 year old Shih Tzu bitch did this a lot as a puppy but has thankfully not done so for a while now!! Just keep an eye on him, I know it's unpleasant but he should stop eventually *fingers crossed* :D
 

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Eating poo, not just his own (yuk)

My lab has done this a couple of times and I read in my lab book that it is because they are not getting enough food and /or nutrients. We got our dog at 4 years and he did it on one of our first walks. I nearly had a heart attack. Once on a new diet he stopped and never "offended" again.

I changed his diet recently and he did it again. I have found that Nature Diet with Chum mixer is the best for our dog, and he has not "offended" since we changed back.

Good luck it is horrible and not that uncommon if that helps.

Mad Max
 
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