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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2004 2:53 pm 
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Does anyone have a solution to dogs eating their own poop and/or the other dogs' poop? When one of our dogs started eating poop we thought it was due to the death of our 16 year old poodle. She was outside with him when he had a fatal heart attack. (That was over 6 months ago.)This particular dog is very sensitive to anything occurring out of the norm, change of schedule etc. But now we have a 4 month old puppy and she's eating poop too. The other 2 dogs we have don't engage in this behavior. All of the dogs are on Muenster food. This is a habit we want to nip in the bud.

We're also trying to get the urine smell out of the cement from the male dogs unrinating on the bushes.

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A diluted vinegar (5% dilution variety is fine for this application) wash and or diluted orange oil wash should be very effective for your urine smell on the concrete.

As for the poop eating...how about picking it up more frequently? I don't have any reason for the behaviour. Perhaps others will weigh in.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 9:07 am 
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SB wrote:
Does anyone have a solution to dogs eating their own poop and/or the other dogs' poop?


I've seen two variations on using lemon juice as an aversion conditioning. One technique is to squirt lemon juice or a moderate lemon juice solution into the eater's mouth immediately after he/she picks up or eats the feces. Another is to put full strength lemon juice (tobasco is mentioned as an alternative) on the feces and let the eater have at it. It reportedly requires only a couple of these incidents (either method) to break the habit, and the same goes for catbox candy aficionados. I also have seen the suggestion that dogs fed only once a day are more prone to take up the habit.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2004 10:54 am 
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Enzyme11 wrote:
I also have seen the suggestion that dogs fed only once a day are more prone to take up the habit.


Not a thread hijacking attempt, but following up on Enzyme11's post...

I've been told that feeding dogs once a day is the "natural" way to feed. I have fed all of my dogs their full ration in a single meal per day. Does anyone break up their pet's feedings into multiple servings? What benefits are derived by doing so?

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Here are two reasons I've heard of for feeing twice a day. Very small dogs can have bile build up if they go more than 12 hours without something in their tummy. They say this might cause them to vomit the bile. The reason for big dogs is to avoid bloat. Deep-chested dogs are prone to bloat and so feeding their daily ration divided between morning and evening keeps from stretching out their stomachs over time. Just some reasons I know of.
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I have fed our lab twice a day for ten years now. She has eaten bricks and nails which I thought was pretty weird. You all know the old saying about bricks...... :lol:

Oh, and I forgot to add, she doesn't chew her food--the vet noticed she didn't have much tartar buildup. Swallowing things whole helps that.

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Nails ?! Did she have to have surgery? We used to scoop the occasional sock out of the yard. And one time, I couldn't believe it, but an underwire bra :oops: So needless to say the laundry room is off limits. My dobes inhale their food too. Like vaccum cleaners. The poodles at least will chew.
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Well, very thankfully she did not have to have surgery. In fact, she seemed to digest these items as if it was all the natural thing to do. I kept noticing the brick getting smaller and smaller and finally realized the reason. :oops: About five years ago she had a malignant tumor removed by surgery and the vet said she might only live another year. Sometimes Julie, we are just not in control, you know?

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I do know that. Sounds like you're doing the right things for her though, and I'm glad she's still with you. Give her a pat on the head from me.
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 Post subject: try pineapple
PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 3:45 pm 
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We have a poop eater too. I learned from an expert on another board for holistic pets (Dr.Weil.com) that you can put a Tbsp or so of crushed pineapple intheir food to help break the habit. Suppose to make it taste bad....yeah like it tasted good in the first place! :?

I personally would not feel comfortable doing the tabasco thing.

Anyway the best bet is to pick it up as much as possible too. And I did notice when we switched over to raw, real food, her poop is a lot more firm and usually disenegrates in a few days.

As far as feedings go, we feed our pit-mix twice a day. We feed Prairie's raw medallions. I studied a lot on the raw diet and just decided that was best for my pup. It's very interesting reading too.


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Thank you for the pineapple hint. I'm a behavior analyst, part of our education is with animals and the only time aversives are used are as a last resort. I had no intention at all to do the tabasco, and the problem with the lemon juice is that you have to catch them in the act. We have 4 dogs so scooping is an everyday thing anyway.

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SB wrote:
the problem with the lemon juice is that you have to catch them in the act. We have 4 dogs so scooping is an everyday thing anyway.


Not necessarily; read my original post.

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 Post subject: dog spray deversion
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We have my sister's wonderful husky staying with us for a bit. Does anyone have any success stories of how to keep him from spraying certain areas of the yard? Such as close to the house or where the children play.
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I have a Chiuaua and Brussels Giffon mix and before I switched his food to natural (cooked) he was eating out of the cat box (gag) The original reason I changed his food was because he was throwing up so much! I tried the raw, I think he's old and his system is too sluggish from years of bad food (he was an Operation Kindness 12 yr? old when we got him) He was also having sinus infections all the time. I feed him in the morning and crush 1/2 of his vitamine/mineral supplement and supplements for his joints then in the evening I feed him his second 1/3 cup with the other 1/2 vitamine supplement. Sometimes he isn't interested in eating and sometimes he sucks it down :roll: I can't tell why. Anyway for the longest time he was staying out of the cat "candy" box, but just a few days ago he was diving back in....It just makes me want to gag! I had been told because the cat food is higher in protein that was the reason he ate it, but I feed him ground turkey or chicken breast with carrots, green beans, squash the meat makes up most of the ratio and I also bake plain chicken breast in olive oil and cut it up to give him as an occasional "good boy" treat. I also give him some of his pills (Chinease Herbal Medincine) wrapped in cheese....real cheese...not the individual wrapped c*** I knew and loved as a kid! I would love to know why my little freak is eating cat gag :!: :?:


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 Post subject: Poop eating pup
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We have a 4 month old ShihTzu that tries to eat and play with her poop. When I asked my vet about it, he asked about her breeding environment. He said pups that are confined tend to want to "clean up" their environment. Sure enough, our pup was kept with the Mother and litter in a playpen until we got her. Stopping this habit is another story. Since we are still training her we just try to stay one step ahead of her. I would not want to try the Tabasco. I'm afraid it would burn her eyes since her face it so blunt. I plan to try the pineapple since her appetite for her food is poor. Trying to find a food that she likes has been difficult. Hopefully she will enjoy the pineapple enough to eat her food...and leave her poop alone.


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