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Why Does My Dog Eat Poop?: What You Need to Know, and 3 Steps You Can Take

Why Does My Dog Eat Poop?: What You Need to Know, and 3 Steps You Can Take

Is your dog eating poop? It’s a sad and unfortunate reality that many dogs engage in this behavior. However, there are steps you can take to solve the problem.

Poop-eating behaviors can be caused by any number of things, such as low stomach acid, dietary issues, or stress. If you think your dog might have a stomach issue, it’s important to see a vet. They can help with identifying and treating the underlying problem. A vet is also the best person to diagnose if your dog is suffering from separation anxiety. Here are some steps you can take today to stop your dog from eating poop!

Section 1: Identify the reason why your dog is eating poop Section 2: Stop your dog from eating poop today Section 3: What You Need to Know Section 4: 3 Steps You Can Take Section 5: Conclusion

Identify the reason why your dog is eating poop

Finding the reason why your dog is eating poop is the first step in solving the problem. In most cases, this is simply a behavior that dogs (and people) do because they like the taste or are looking for something to eat. You can be your own detective and try to find the cause of the issue. Here are some clues that might give you some clues as to why your dog is eating poop: Does your dog eat poop from his/her own dog dish or from his/her human’s bowl? If your dog is chewing his/her own dog dish clean off, this might be a sign that he/she is stressed. Does your dog continue to eat poop even after he/she is given something else to eat? If your dog continues to eat his/her own poop after you give him/her something else to eat, this could be a sign that he/she is stressed.

Stop your dog from eating poop today

Start by setting a good example. Be sure to always poop in an appropriate place—say, a nearby spot in the yard. Also, avoid overfeeding. Your dog needs to be consuming several pounds of food per day. You can help your dog maintain a healthy weight by ensuring that you’re limiting his treats and calories. Instead, feed your dog a balanced diet that includes lots of lean meat, veggies, and other treats—perhaps a small amount of chicken and some cheese. Next, teach your dog to eat poop—the right way. There’s a simple way to do this. When your dog’s stomach is empty, first give him a treat to distract him. When his stomach is full, offer him a “poop treat” (i.e. some chunks of meat). Then, slowly remove the food from his mouth—on the first attempt.

What You Need to Know

1. Most dogs eat poop when they’re nervous or stressed.

2. Poo eating often occurs in places that dogs don’t typically frequent.

3. There are four main causes for dogs to eat poop: anxiety, boredom, diet, and pain.

4. Your dog may display these four symptoms:

1. Stomach Upset: Signs may include a loose or foul-smelling stool or vomiting.

2. Lack of Activity: Dogs with a lack of activity are more likely to stop eating poop. A pet that spends all day sleeping or watching the cats or dog next door play can become the victim of the famous stool-eater!

3. Lack of Nuts or Veggies: Bones, corn or dairy products are especially high in fats. If your dog is particularly partial to dairy products, it’s possible he’s having an allergic reaction.

3 Steps You Can Take

Before we get into what to do next, it’s important to understand why your dog may be engaging in this behavior. Your dog could be eating feces because of any one of the following reasons:

1. Gut Tract Issues Your dog has a gastrointestinal disorder. If he has a sensitive stomach, he may be able to eat the feces of another animal because it is generally not “sharp” and doesn’t have any bones.

2. Stress Your dog might be stressed. He might be feeling lonely, scared, or lonely and in need of companionship. He may also be suffering from anxiety, social phobia, or kennel aggression.

3. Bad Food Poop-eating is related to food allergies, sensitivities, intolerances, or eating disorders.


Whether or not your dog is eating poop, it’s a really common behavior that should be taken seriously. There are many methods you can use to help stop this behavior, so please don’t be afraid to try a few different options before you settle on something. You might be surprised at how effective some of these methods are.


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