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Question by Robson
Submitted on 1/21/2004
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I have a Shih Tzu that is always eating Poop, has any one had this happen to them, has anyone got any advise to break this habhit?
Has you may guess it is disgusting.

Answer by Julie
Submitted on 1/22/2004
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My Shih Tzu eats not only her own feces, but the feces of my other dog, even strangers feces.  My vet recommended putting meat tenderizer(must have MSG in it) on the food twice a day.  This did not work for me, but you may want to try it.  I'm still looking for a solution. zedjul@comcast.net


Answer by Lori
Submitted on 1/25/2004
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I asked my vet about this problem as well. My vet told me that puppies are not sure of what they should be tasting, he advised me to tell the puppy no, which that has worked for me. He also told me they have pills you can get from your vet that will make their poop tastes awful that will prevent them from eating it.
Good Luck.


Answer by Chelsea Girl
Submitted on 2/1/2004
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My dog has recently been eating his poop too. When you are firm and say NO!, it might work.


Answer by Deb
Submitted on 2/21/2004
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meat tenderizer sprinkled on the food will make poo taste worse and they will stop eating poo


Answer by kelsiedyer@comcast.net
Submitted on 3/17/2004
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My dog(Furby) is always doing it too.
just pop his butt gently and my dog has stopped.


Answer by fatimamary
Submitted on 3/27/2004
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I wonder if this is a problem peculiar to Shih Tzus.  Ours is almost 5 and has been doing it from the beginning.  I can't tell him to stop or put anything on the feces because he does it when I'm not around.  Ours is very afraid of rain and storms.  Even drizzle makes him shake.  We've been having alot of rain recently and I have to leave the Shih Tzu and our Australian Shepherd inside while we're gone.  He must eat it during that time.  My theory is that it is his security when he's so stressed out by the rain. Our Shepherd is wonderful with him and truly seems to understand the situation.  I noticed the big dog doing his shepherd thing and sitting by Pooter during a recent storm.  My question is more about how to get the smell off him because he reeks; bathing doesn't do it.  Mary


Answer by falalalala
Submitted on 4/25/2004
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do shih tzus smell bad?


Answer by Graciesmama
Submitted on 6/17/2004
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My Shih Tzu Gracie has been eating poo since day one too, first cat poop from the box (solved THAT one by putting thebox somewhere she can't get it)and now recently, other dog's poo outside. Not only is it just grossing me out, I am concerned about diseases that she could get from ingesting a strange dog's poop. (Parvo being my worst fear.) I dont know why she does it....I give her Royal Canin food, and she also loves pieces of fruit, tomatoes and any veggie that I am eating.  Her bowel movements are normal and hard, it just seems as though she does it out of habit and curiosity more than anything.  However, when i firmly tell her "NO!" she stops immediately. Shih Tzus are wonderfully smart dogs. She does have the smell problem as well though, just her face has a slightly strong sour-milk-moldy kind of smell to it, almost like a wet dish rag thats sat out too long.  I believe though am not sure this to be from the fluid that leaks from her eyes.  But I don't know what to do about it. Any suggestions?  


Answer by zvdfgah
Submitted on 6/19/2004
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penis is good


Answer by Ann
Submitted on 6/24/2004
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My 6mnth old puppy Maltese has been eating her poop ever since we bought her home...we tried Deter and forbid (powder/pill that makes faeces taste bad) but they both didn't work. The only thing that stops her is if I'm around....I also feed my puppy Royal Canine...any suggestions? I had a German shepherd before...and she grew out of it after 1 yrs old...so I'm hoping my pup will too...


Answer by Lindsay
Submitted on 8/2/2004
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My shih tzu was eating his poop from puppyhood into young adult hood, and it was seriously disturbing me.  Thankfully he finally stopped. We just tried to distract him while outside when he was going for the poo, and scolding him briefly, mixed with positive reinforcement when he DIDN'tEat FECES.  Although, if that hasn't worked for you, I wouldn't blame yourself--we were just probably lucky/he grew out of it. I wonder if it IS a really common shih tzu thing, and why?  
A lot of people say shih tzus are smart, but my little Cap'n-bless his heart--he's just not very bright.  Although he does have the characteristics of being very sweet and funny(and stubborn) (and too big for his britches, i.e. barking at bigger dogs).  I love shih tzus!


Answer by Janice
Submitted on 8/3/2004
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I also have a 4 month old Shih Tzu that eats his poop.  I have tried putting pepper on it, but he just licks the pepper off. I will try the meat tenderizer and hopefully that will help.  If I tell him no he just picks it up and runs with it, so I have to catch him right after he goes poop and pick him up and carry him in doors. I was glad to find out I'm not the only one with this problem.  


Answer by yvette
Submitted on 8/5/2004
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My 1 year old shih tzu has been eating her poo since I've gotten her.  She even takes my cat's out of his litter box!!  I've heard of a powder you can buy to put in her food to get them to stop.  I have yet to try it.


Answer by sjfinch@bigpond.com
Submitted on 9/2/2004
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i never herd of this problem but i feed my babies raw chicken drumies & i cut the knoby grisele bits at each end off, some dry food at their leisure & the meat cut into bite size now their pooh is very easy to pick up as my babies pooh & pee on a  towel in da bathroom, toilet towel trained these shih-tzus are very smart they know yes & no maybe they are not getting enough attention they need more luv then you do so i hope this will help you'sall.


Answer by morganazul
Submitted on 9/9/2004
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My doggie does that too! I hate it-I just say no , If I catch him, put  the  litterboxes where only the cats can reach them and being very careful and watch him all the time.
The sour smell on my babies faces I take care of by washing their faces two or three times a day-check their ears too:many ear infections give them a horrid smell and they are prone to them.My shih love to have their faces washed!I also put eye drops on them to help from any debri from the  eyelashes etc.They seem  to  like  it  too.
Get rid of the bad breath with those cookies that  they  sell at  the  petstore,they really  work!


Answer by Road Runner
Submitted on 9/24/2004
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I have a 9 month male Shih Tzu who started eating his poop from the first day we brought him home.  We tried the meat tenderizer that was suggested by our vet and our little guy still continued to eat his poops!  Well, he loves to play fetch and carries his toys around in his mouth, so we took this to our advantage!  We would give him a stick to carry in his mouth when it was time to go out to go potty.  He is so excited to go out and play with the stick that when he goes poops he is holding that percious stick of his that it took his mind totally off eating the poops to running to us to throw the stick for him to play after pooping.  He is happy and we are so relieved the poop eating days are behind us now!  Now, tell us what to do with all the sticks he collects while outside in his mouth!


Answer by B.J.
Submitted on 9/29/2004
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My 7-month old Brussels Griffon does this too.  I have talked to her vet, and he said it is usually behavioral and should stop after 6 months. At 7 months, it has not.  I have tried Forbid which did not work and have tried the Adolph's meat tenderizer, which did not either. Two other things I have found in research are 2-4T canned pumpkin added to food a day, or tsp or Tbs, depending on size of dog of canned pineapple, pineapple juice, or spinach added to food.  Others are to add something to the feces before they eat it to repel them like lemon juice or hot sauce.  I have not tried any of these, but if you are like me, you are willing to try just about anything that will not harm the puppy, no matter how silly!


Answer by PNut
Submitted on 9/30/2004
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My 12 week old Shih Tzu puppy also eats his poop. Because of the hurricanes down here in Florida, I've mat/paper trained him so he wouldn't get rained on or blown away, anyway, he eats his poop when I'm not around. Not only that, but he will poop OUTSIDE his cage, and then pick up his poop and eat it inside his cage/bed. I am SO sick of cleaning his cage I've just started locking it during the day, so he eats it on the mat. ICK. It's disgusting and I don't know how to stop it. :-( Help PLEASE


Answer by Ely
Submitted on 9/30/2004
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I have a 12 week old German Shepherd and he has been eating his poop. But, he stops when I tell him "NO" or I say "HEY". He'll stop and he'll walk away from it. I am hoping that he grows out of it.


Answer by Gina
Submitted on 10/6/2004
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I have a 6month old Boxer puppy. He has been eating his poop ever since we got him. I have too get him too stop. Just the Idea makes me sick. It is nice too know that other dogs do this. I thought there was something wrong with him.

He has a vet Apt. on Friday.
I'll ask the Dr. about the pills. I can not say "NO" to him when he does it because he only eats it when I am not with him. I REALLY hope the pills help. ----Gina----


Answer by chelli
Submitted on 10/16/2004
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my shih tzu used to eat his poop but after we had his coat clipped by the vet..(undercoat matting)he stopped doing it..maybe he was bored and uncomfortable.


Answer by Pooplover98
Submitted on 11/9/2004
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HMM...To be honest my pet Doberman, Zeep, smells like poop, but I guess I do spoil a bit. The best way to get your dog to stop eating their poop is to eat it for them. Sticking their nose in it will just make them crave it more, my life partner used to stick my nose in my poop when I would eat it, until he learned that the conditioning was contrary to the objective. the pavlovian response it generated in my situation turned me into a poop craving maniac. I spent several nights wondering the streets in search of porty-potties, when I could not find enough poop to satisfy my gigantic apetite I would black out. So my answer would be to just accept that eating poop is a good thing!!!
Best Wishes


Answer by Alea
Submitted on 11/18/2004
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I have a five month little shih tzu female who consistently eats her own poo.  The vet also recommended Adolf's meat tenderizer.  Someone told me Pineapple juice.  I gave Sophia canned pineapple, and it seems to work when I remember to do it.  The other stuff, deter, I am told will make them not want to eat the food.


Answer by lovemyshu
Submitted on 12/8/2004
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I have a puppy as well and it likes to eat my cats poop. dont know what to tell you because i have found a solution.  as far as the smelly face.  smell there ears and you will probably notice the smell if from there.  use vinager and water.  it takes the smell away.


Answer by kristen
Submitted on 12/21/2004
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my shihtzu also eats his poop. do you have any idea how to get rid of his smell?


Answer by taz
Submitted on 1/3/2005
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hi everyone my female shih tzu did this once  i put meat tenderize on it and it work but not for my big dog i guss it depends on the dog but she stop they have stuff out for dogs that do this i dont remeber what it is it was in dr. froster and smith


Answer by ruf
Submitted on 1/7/2005
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My 2 month lhasa apso also does that

i try to discard the poo as fast as possible


Answer by ruf
Submitted on 1/7/2005
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My 2 month lhasa apso also does that

i try to discard the poo as fast as possible


Answer by TM
Submitted on 1/12/2005
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I am thinking about getting one of these types of dogs. Is this a "norm" for this type of dog?


Answer by bobo
Submitted on 1/20/2005
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try putting hot sauce on their poop.  this has work so far for my 3 month old shih tzu.  you just have to do it once and then they learn.


Answer by smalldog
Submitted on 2/25/2005
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my chihuahua eats his poop too.  I got him at a year old and he's always done it.  His breeder said that all dogs do, but chihuahuas are especially bad.  She said it's instinct and none of the pills, etc. will stop it.  If I'm around and tell him NO, he stops.  But he does it more when I'm not home or asleep.  He loves his greenies, which help his breath, but eating poop certainly can't be good for his health, or mine... he always wants to give me kisses with his poopy mouth - ew!  By the way, I feed him Royal Canin as well (the Sensible Choice line) - is there something yummy in that food that they're passing that is especially appealing?  Maybe they smell healthy poop????  SO gross.  He's lucky he's so darn cute, because I love him anyway!


Answer by Lala
Submitted on 2/27/2005
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I have a Pekingese that is about 3 months thats eats his and my Lhasa Apso poo and the only thing that worked was putting Cayenne (sp?) pepper on it.  The meat tenderizer didn't work and neither did using "Forbid" sold in pet stores that works the same way the tenederizer does.  Obviously I cant get to it most of the time so I would love to know what else can be done.  Its disgusting.  


Answer by VERONICA
Submitted on 3/7/2005
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Answer by mema
Submitted on 4/26/2005
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my Shih Tzu (kyza) is a very well trained dog but for some reason she has been eating her poop too and it is discusting but i have to deal with it and i dont know how to stop it  


Answer by jsyfkghckjh
Submitted on 5/1/2005
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I like chicken, I like liver!
mow mix, mow mix please deliver
p.s I am gay, and like penis!!!


Answer by hunter
Submitted on 5/5/2005
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We found something on yahoo one time that suggested giving them fresh pineapple. I bought one, but they are expensive to keep up.


Answer by esco
Submitted on 5/11/2005
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I have two Shih Tzu, my oldest has never eaten poop.She is very obedient. The other in the other hand loves to eat her poop and the others dogs poop. I have taken her to the vet and he gave me some powder in packets to put it in her poop. She still has not stop. I spank her, i have tried everything. I think i am going to put hot sauce next. She is pretty stubborn. I think it has to do with the dog from the get go.  


Answer by peggy
Submitted on 5/20/2005
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My pup is eating her poop too I am trying the meat tenderizer will let you all know if it works


Answer by plmswt2u
Submitted on 6/3/2005
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I think my male shihtzu is gay? He is 7 months old and my female that is 2 years old is in heat. He wont even smell of her? Is he gay or too young? Help!


Answer by Michelle
Submitted on 6/23/2005
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My 9 month old shih tzu is always eating her poop. I am afraid something wrong could happen if she still eats it. I'm also worried if she doesn't stop until adult age.We try giving food so she be distracted but that hasn't work...any suggestions?
   P.S she really gets bad breath


Answer by T-BIRD
Submitted on 7/4/2005
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Shih tzu'sare known for eating their own feces.  They are not able to distinguish between food and their own feces.  This behavior is also linked to a vitamin B deficiency.  


Answer by Dog lOver
Submitted on 7/13/2005
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Well my dog has been eating his own fecal matter as well. I even tried eating it myself and I still don't see why he does it. He also tries to lick himself while urinating. Any tips would be  very grateful.


Answer by Nadine
Submitted on 7/23/2005
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My dog always eats his poop its discusting he seems to even like it! does anyone know how to stop this????


Answer by Blanchey
Submitted on 8/4/2005
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What is wrong with you people. You all need to get different dogs. Shih Tzu are obviously twisted and perverse animals!!!!!! I've had my Staffordshire Bull Terrier for ages does not eat any poo at all and never has. And he does not smell either. You all need different breeds!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Answer by ace
Submitted on 8/19/2005
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my cocker spaniel 12 weeks old pup, also starts to eat her own poo yesterday. I am so angry and i scolded her, she seems very sad and i think she had stopped. Saying "No No and No , forever dogs will forget about it. It is the same as young children.


Answer by kia
Submitted on 8/20/2005
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I have a four month old malti-poo. When I saw him eating his poop I almost lost my lunch. A friend told me to sprinkle cayenne pepper on the poop. I sprinkled pepper all over the kitty litter (I'm teaching him to use a litter box). I also put some on his poop when I saw him go, and I was so happy to see that once he smelled it and licked a little bit, he didn't eat it.


Answer by Bitty boo head
Submitted on 8/20/2005
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OK my PUP Eats Poop too! Its so gross!!!! i have tried telling him no but he still wont stop. He does it when i'm busy and not really paying attention to him so when u cant see ur dog check on him and sneak up on him that how i found out he was doing it!The next thing im going to try is the Hot sauce thing but my dog is 6 months i think he should grow out of it by now don't you think!!!!!!


Answer by Robyn
Submitted on 8/24/2005
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My Shih Tzu also use to do this, however, she now has stopped.  I think it is because I no longer give her the chance to eat it, just make sure you clean it up fast.


Answer by Cookie from Vancouver
Submitted on 8/24/2005
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Shih Tzu smells because of the food they eat.  The smellier the food, the smellier the dog. They have very sensitive skin and are prone to allergies.  Give them allergen free food, such as Z-D, and you won't have any more smelly problem.  No treats other than veggies and frutis.  You can also bathe them more often (I bathe mine at least once a week), as they have hair, not fur. Be sure to dry them thoroughly, otherwise, they will catch a cold or get artheritis. Shih Tzu (especially female) eats pooh because they like to keep their environment clean.  Very hard to stop them from doing it.  Nothing seems to help, except to catch them in the act, and firmly say NO.  I reward mine with a little treat (dime size), every time she come running to me and tell me she poohed, and I go immediately to remove the feces.  If they are licking themselves a lot, check it out immediately.  It could be a sore spot, or fungus around the nails.  


Answer by Chatzu15
Submitted on 9/21/2005
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my shih tzu have been eating pooh it so funny first i thought then when i see a lot of time it gross! and my shih tzu always like kahc kahc i think he tried to throw up help me!!


Answer by Sunny
Submitted on 9/25/2005
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Put it in time out it might work


Answer by barbara
Submitted on 10/1/2005
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Teddy is my 4th cocker and hes only about 7 months at the moment. Recently I just noticed that he seemed to be munching on his poop. Of course I was outraged....which I let him know in a not so nice way. I am in the midst of trying to housebreak him but he still does it at times in the house. I am hoping that with my yelling NO to him, and spanking his behind pretty well that he will understand that this is taboo in my home. Personally I find it revolting!!!


Answer by Carisa
Submitted on 10/7/2005
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I too have the same problem and Scolding doesnt work, its like they forget.  I am just about to give up and stop buying expensive dog food and just go outside and find every poop I can for her to eat..  It sure is much cheaper.. HELP...


Answer by veronica
Submitted on 10/14/2005
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My puppy is a maltese mix and is about 6 months old she has been eating poo ever since we brought her home we have tried saying no firmly even taping her nose and is doesnt work. anybody have any answers.


Answer by aac1029
Submitted on 10/24/2005
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we have 3 dogs and the shi tzu is the only one eating poo.  he stands to the side of our pug and licks it as it is coming out, as if it were some delectible treat from dairy queen.  A firm "NO!" from me only seems to scare the pug and teach him that pooing in general is a bad thing.  any suggestions on how to curb the poo eating without scary the figurative sh** out of the other one?


Answer by louise
Submitted on 11/10/2005
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My puppy who is also a shih tsu eats his own poop.I have been putting pineapple in all his food and he seems to be slowing down somewhat.It is a stinky habit and I am very interested in getting a cure.good luck to all


Answer by Percival
Submitted on 12/2/2005
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Poo eating is common amongst all puppies and is a behaviour most common in dogs that have been taken from their mother at an early age, 6 to 8 weeks. It is a house keeping behaviour taught to them by their mother in an effort to keep the bedding clean. The earlier you stop it the easier it will be. Try food additives such as meat tenderizers, pineapple juice, crushed pumpkin or commercial products such as Forbid  


Answer by jo-jo
Submitted on 12/17/2005
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hi people! my 12wks old pup is eating his own poo as well. it seems like its quite common with shih tzu??? it is disturbing, tried deter tablets, but doesn't work that well. pls help.


Answer by amy
Submitted on 12/20/2005
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My answer to the smell from the dogs eyes leaking is go to the vet. They have some liquid stuff to put on the part of the furr that the eyes are leaking onto which you then comb off with a comb that looks like a lice comb. It's not the easiest thing to do but it's better for the dog and he doesn't smell as bad.


Answer by poodoolola
Submitted on 12/25/2005
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I have a 6 month old shih-tzu named lola and she eats her poop and my other shih-tzu's poop all the time... the odd thing is my other shih-zu, buddy, never ate his poop and he is 2 years old. I don't know what to do and spanking and saying, "No", doesn't seem to help. Any suggestions?


Answer by fatso
Submitted on 1/15/2006
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Just put their face in it!!!!


Answer by Cynthea T
Submitted on 1/16/2006
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I recommend sprinkling a mixture of  thyme (2 teaspoons), cow liver(half a cup), Avion water (1 teaspoon),and veggiemite (about 2 TBLs) mixed into their dog food (2 cups) once a day (Perferablly in the morning, just as their metabolism starts to get going) for about a week in order to get results. I breed Shih Tzus at a clinic in New York and this is extremely affective that will give you results.
Cynthea T.


Answer by nessa
Submitted on 1/30/2006
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I am so relieved that my shih tzu is not the only one that eats her poop...She loves it. I constantly find her eating it I am so tired of scolding her when I catch her doing it. I feel like an ogre.I have tried the pill, meat tenderizer, even tabasco sauce nothing works..I feel like crying. she smells so bad, I frequently have to wash her face and brush her tongue..I wish someone could help me.


Answer by jackrerj
Submitted on 1/31/2006
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I have 2 shih tzu's- one is a 3 year old female who has never eaten poo in her life, and my other is a 7 month old male who had 2 previous owners before I got him at 4 months, and will eat it until it comes out of his ears! I have tried pills fromt he vet which supposedly make his poo taste awful(doesn't it anyway?)which worked at first but now doesn't - maybe it's a trait of the breed?


Answer by KG
Submitted on 2/7/2006
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I thought meat tenderizer had too much sodium. Is't that bad for your dog


Answer by Wobe
Submitted on 2/10/2006
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Well gee whiz - this all makes me feel great. At least I didn't spend the money on the ForBid or Deter! My little Chihuahua eats her poop too unless I get to it first. I try hard to grab it right up from the newspaper, but I swear she hides it sometimes! Oh well, I'm not alone with the problem. I do hate the poopy breath though. Maybe I'll try the meat tenderizer.


Answer by Nenet
Submitted on 3/23/2006
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My Shih-Tzu has been eating his poop since we he was a puppy.  I tried Deter and Tabasco sauce, but it didn't work.  He would eat it when I'm not home, but when I'm home he doesn't eat it.  I tried something different because my other Shih-Tzu wasn't eating.  I fed them slices of apples; carrots and Nutro can food every morning before I leave for work.  Since then he hasn't eaten his poop.  I hope this is it and he won't smell like poop again.  


Answer by lisa
Submitted on 3/29/2006
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The reason dogs, not just shih tzus, eat there own excretion, is usually because of the food you are feeding them.  If you feed them low quality food, such as Puppy Chow which is primarily corn, dogs & puppies will not digest their food completely.  Corn is not digestible to humans or dogs.  Therefore, the dog basically thinks its feces is food.  Try switching his/her food to one that is primarily meat & rice such as Authority, IAMS, Science Diet.  It is only a few dollars more, but you will also notice your pup won't eat as much therefore the food lasts longer.


Answer by dale0101
Submitted on 4/8/2006
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my shih tzu not only eats her own poop, but our neighbors dog's poop too.  I asked our vet, and he said to check our dog's poo for the presence of fine carpet strings.  The polyvinyl substances can cause problems with shih tzu's digestive systems, and shorten the dog's life.  I suggest you check.


Answer by Donna
Submitted on 4/10/2006
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My Shih tzu pup eats his pooh too. I nearly barfed the first time I saw him do it.
I have tried For-bid, which didn't work, and meat tenderizer which was too salty. I didn't want him getting that much salt. I read that tomato on his food would help, it seems that anything recommended is acidy, like pinapple or papaya. It must react with the enzymes in the poop to make it taste bitter.
The problem is that there are no specific amounts listed anywhere. I have been mixing about a teaspoon of ketchup with water and putting it on his dried food. He seems to like it alot, but I caught him eating his poop tonight. I thought he had stopped.
It's a real challenge trying to get him to stop.


Answer by Sally
Submitted on 4/22/2006
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I think you should drown your stinky poop eating dog because it is beyond repair.


Answer by Sam
Submitted on 4/27/2006
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I have a 3 month old shih tzu and a 3 year old shih tzu. My older dog has never eaten his nor any other dogs poop. My new puppy can't get enough of the stuff. I feed my puppy Royal Canin.  I am interested to know if the other people on the site feed this to their shih tzus that can't get enough poop, and i was wondering if maybe this is the problem.  I have been told mashing pineapple into the food helps to stop them eating it.  This has worked so far, though I am looking to change the food I give him after seeing the comments on this site.


Answer by tis
Submitted on 4/27/2006
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My Shih Tzu Also eats his poo.  He is 5 months old and this just started! I'm thinking that he is hungry. But since he has had his propper food for the day(they tend to get very heavy if over fed) I simply take it away a give him some water. I have researched this and it seems it is quite natural for them and gross for us. Just give them a dentabone(helps with poo breath) and keeps them occupied.  


Answer by Beagle's Mom
Submitted on 5/4/2006
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We solved this problem! Yippie! Believe me when I tell you I tried everything over a 18 month period with our 8 yr old shelter dog.  Then I hired a trainer who loaned me a training collar.  I tried it on myself and only 2 zaps on the lowest setting convinced Annie Pooch that eating poo was not good.  You have to zap the dog right when the mouth is open and picking up the poo. I watch from inside the house so she doesn't associate me with the zap. Use the training collar ONLY for this problem.  I suggest having the help of a trainer.  :-)


Answer by KEWB
Submitted on 5/22/2006
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Answer by Am
Submitted on 5/26/2006
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My dog(Barbie)eats her own poop as well. The doctor told us to give her pepper on the poop and she wouldn't eat it. It might work for you but i didn't try it yet. My mum said not to.

ammy__baby@hotmail.com (msn)


Answer by Kelsy
Submitted on 6/6/2006
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I also have a 1 year old Shih tzu puppy...(Carson) he has been eating poop since we got him!!! we tried giving him the Deter pills but that didn't seem to work for very long. When i say NO he seems to stop for a minute and then go right back to it!!! he is a wonderfull dog and i would do anything for him, but this groses me out and makes me so angry!!!

_Kelsy from California


Answer by Harry
Submitted on 6/23/2006
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I tryed the meat tenderizer too and he just likes it even more,,yuk...actually he wolfs it down so fast I can hardly catch him!!!  


Answer by DWright
Submitted on 6/26/2006
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Most puppies or dogs will eat their poop because they are not getting all the nutrients they need from their current diet.  The best solution here is to make sure you are feeding your dogs a quality, natural food such as Innova by Naturapet.  Also, digestive enzymes sprinkled on the food regularly will ensure that all food is broken down and absorbed properly.  Our Shih Tzu used to eat her poop until we took these steps, and she hasn't done it since.


Answer by DWright
Submitted on 6/26/2006
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If your Shih Tzu has a stinky face, it is most likely due to the fluid leaking from the eyes.  Shih Tzus need to have their faces washed twice a day, especially around their eyes and nose.  Make sure that the hair around their eyes is not getting in their eyes - if it is, cut it shorter.  Check to see if their eyelashes are growing toward their eyes - sometimes they will have to be trimmed so they don't irritate the eyes.  Irritated eyes will tear more often, and excessive tearing will make their face stink.  Another thing you can do is have them drink from a water bottle hung in the crate instead of from a bowl - water left on the face will cause an odor as well.


Answer by CARRIE
Submitted on 7/27/2006
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My 7mth old shih tzu also eats her poop and the cat poop.  I don't know what to do with her either.  I tell her no and she won't eat it while I am there.  She will wait to eat it while I am away or while I am asleep.  Please let me know if anyone has any solution.  


Answer by Alexia
Submitted on 7/31/2006
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My puppy do the same thing. He eats his poop and everything else he finds on the floor including plants, rocks, dead animals.... I don't know what else to do it. I have two Golden Retrievers that are wonderful, very well trained, but it seams impossible to train our Shih tzu.... Any advice?


Answer by Laura
Submitted on 8/1/2006
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My Shih tzu used to eat her pooh!  Put some pineapple pieces in your dog's food i guarantee this works!


Answer by Meredith
Submitted on 8/13/2006
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I have a four month schnauzer yorkie mix and she has been eating her poop since we brought her home.  We have been trying For-bid, but it doesn't seem to be working well.  I will try the meat tenderizer


Answer by Jake Burkes
Submitted on 8/23/2006
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Put Hot sauce on the poop


Answer by Bradders
Submitted on 9/21/2006
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When you catch you pup in the act, as soon as he/she's finished doing their stuff, give your puppy a treat and praise them, it will hopefully deter them away from the poop (then clear it up straight away to avoid temptation - not from you but your pup!!!)  I know it's difficult to catch them everytime but hopefully as time goes by your puppy will realise that there's more tasty treats waiting for them after toiletting!
Good luck!


Answer by am
Submitted on 9/24/2006
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We have a two year old shihtzu with the same problem. She basically recycles everything she eats and it pretty disgusting, especially because she love to lick.  We bought the powder stuff that you spread on the food and is supposed to make the stool taste like #$%^, (as if it didn't taste like that already), but it didn't work either. I put cajun pepper and hot sauce on her crap for a month but as soon as I stopped she went right back at it. Oh well... i guess thats the life of a s h i t -zu.


Answer by lafprn
Submitted on 9/27/2006
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A few spoonfuls of pumpkin mixed into her food will work


Answer by Jackifer
Submitted on 10/6/2006
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     I have a Shih Tzu and she is 12 months.  She has eaten her poop since she was 4 months.   All attempts to stop this behavior has failed.  We didn't know what to do about it.  One day we tried tasting her poop ourselves and to our surprise, it wasn't too bad.   We no longer scold her for it.


Answer by roxy1965
Submitted on 10/26/2006
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I have 2 10 week old shih tzu's and they eat poop too. We've tried telling them "no" and also spanking them.  Since we can't be there every second, does anyone have any ideas??


Answer by chris deeds
Submitted on 11/2/2006
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Ok, what i dont understand is everyone suggests msg or some other chemical to make poop taste bad...... Are we forgetting that msg causes cancer? every unnatural thing you give your dog is a side effect or problem just waiting to happen... Does anyone realize that dog food itself have all kinds of chemicals that cause majority of problems in our animals? Here is more food for thought. Dog food is from other animals or crops that couldnt pass inspection for humans to eat... great... lets feed our adorable animals it... Heres another thing... look at the ingreidents on your dog food..... Think thats all thats in there? WRONG!!! theres a loop hole where they dont have to list ingredients that have been added if they get it from a third party company... Another words.... If meat companies add... say msg or some other harsh chemical to their meat then sell it to the dog food industry... they are not required to list any thing they themselves did not add..... great huh? So go buy some natural dog food.... see if that dosent change perhaps your dogs itching, loose stool, bitting, licking or even poop eating.... if your son or daughter was eating thier poop... would you feed them poison that causes cancer to stop them?


Answer by Moderator
Submitted on 11/11/2006
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There are several ways to make your shih tzu to stop eating its own feces,

1 put laxitive in food ( just norman human laxitive)

2 feed him bread crusts

3 sprinkle chilli powder on his poop, or food

4 put very small amounts of saw dust in your dog food

yours truely
Beth x


Answer by Corophagia
Submitted on 11/29/2006
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poop is very yummy. I love to tip over porta-potties and roll around in the poopy mexican goodness!! Mexican poop is sooooo yummy!!! I love to sit under glass tables while girls poop over me. send me your poopy pictures...or just save your poops!! I love POOOOOP!!!

Mike Sherlock


Answer by Cheryl
Submitted on 12/6/2006
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I did a bit of research on this.  I have a Bichon-Shihtzu puppy, just over 2 mos old that also eats her poop.  Apparently it can be one of two things:

(1) physiological - if the dog is not fully digesting the food that it's eating.  it may smell or be attracted to something in its feces that it sees as an undigested nutrient and will eat it again to ingest that nutrient.  try buying higher quality food or food that is easily digested.

(2) behavioral - such as when it has an accident and is punished, some puppies will ingest its feces as a way to "hide the evidence" because it feels bad or for fear of being punished.

I've tried sprinkling chili powder on her poop and she hasn't touched it so far...


Answer by No E
Submitted on 1/5/2007
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My old shih tzu did it now and then for 15 years. I now have a Shih Tzu puppy who has been eating her poop since day one. The only thing that starts to work is if you stand right there and pick it up right away so they don't have the chance to eat it. The problem is when you're  not around. There are definately pills out there that the vet can recommend.


Answer by Cassy
Submitted on 1/8/2007
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My 6 month old shih tzu eats her poop, and I think its out of curiousity / habbit.  I just have to make sure I watch her like a hawk.  She stops when I tell her "no!"  And about the smell...I keep my puppy's hair 1" short.  This eliminates ALL the smell...and its cute.  Good solution unless you have a show dog.


Answer by allycat
Submitted on 1/11/2007
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sometims a shih tzu puppy or dog eats his or her poop because they are bored also i find its the cheaper food that doesn't diguest and comes out in the poop or a treat you may have given them,they pick up on the scent and think they are eating food. most shih tzues do this . meat tenderiser worked for me or a when you see them do it sqirt water in thier face with a little water bottle.hope this helps


Answer by joni
Submitted on 1/20/2007
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they say there is  an item called FORBID you can get in the pet stores and that will work, try that it can't hurt.


Answer by elle@people.net.au
Submitted on 2/1/2007
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I have a six month old Shih-tzu and she has been eating (or wanting to eat) poo since day 1. It's disgusting as their breath smells of poo. I wonder whether their body is attracted to this practice so they can build up anti-bodies to other animals' germs. My puppy (gorgeous though she is) even rushes on to the rocks near Freshwater beach seapool (Sydney) to eat the seagull poo...if that's not an obsession, then what is!


Answer by bethann1234
Submitted on 2/2/2007
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My mini schnauzer just recently started eating his poo. The thing is when I go around the yard to "clean up" there is poo there. It is like he is only eating it some of the time. I am not sure why he is doing this. He is 14 months old and this is the only "issue" I have with him.


Answer by joe
Submitted on 2/6/2007
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just watching your dog   and spray water in face when she or he attemps...  if not decipline is key,  your their master and they should know it.  sounds cruel but beleive me it works...I have had alot of dogs well trainned.

regards "breath mints helps"


Answer by ALLISON
Submitted on 2/7/2007
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My cocker spaniel pup also eats his and our other dogs poop. They are both fed Royal Canine!! I think my pups thinks it's a game because he only does it when I'm around and never in front of my husband. My vet said he does it because he is bored.


Answer by sarah
Submitted on 2/7/2007
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I have a beagle and she only eats poop in the winter (when it's frozen).  I have no idea why or how to stop her.  She's also hard of hearing so yelling NO does nothing.  Next thing to try is the pills, but I've heard they don't work all that well... any other suggestions?


Answer by Donna
Submitted on 3/3/2007
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My Boxer has been eating her own poo and other dogs poo, it is horrible, I love her, but I cant enjoy her affection when I know she has eat her poo, My vet said because boxers dont have the best digestive system, when she has a poo very quickly after eating, it smells good and will taste almost the same as when she had it fresh!! sounds crazy, we have tried giving her cloves of garlic, to stop her eating, its driving me crazy. need something that works.


Answer by dog poop
Submitted on 3/4/2007
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My dogs turd is the size of a truck:-0


Answer by chuck
Submitted on 3/6/2007
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my yellow lab also eats his poop and he is about 6 he has been doing it since he was a little over 2 years old and the only way i can get him to stop is to watch him and tell him no recently everytime i caught him eating the poop i tell him no and put him in the kennel but it seems to have no effect so far


Answer by Tiffers
Submitted on 3/8/2007
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My parents have a Shih Tzu that eats poop also. I just got a new puppy last week. She is 9 months old. Today she discovered she has a taste for poop. Not just her poop or other dogs   poop outside, but earlier she had cat litter all over her face which leads me to believe she  ate the cat poop. I don't know what to do. It is disgusting. She tried bring some in with her  a min. ago. I can't get her to potty while she is outside b/c she is too busy eating poop. She has used the bathroom in the house 3 times today. I don't know what to do.


Answer by coco
Submitted on 3/8/2007
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My cousin has a dog that eats it own poo and pee too. Once i went to his house his mom told me to take him out for a walk .It pooed  right beside a tree and licked it


Answer by chica
Submitted on 3/15/2007
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Hi, I have a 3 month old shih tzu who also eats her poop.Her vet said to get the pills as well, but it didn't work, so now i just brought her mint tasting bones and that helps with the smell a little and i give her a bath once a month.I'm just trying to say no n push her away,it's kinda working but I guess everything takes time as long as ur dog doen't get sick off of it then just keep saying no.


Answer by Allie0578
Submitted on 3/15/2007
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My 3 month old Pekingese just started eating her own poop also, I also feed her ROYAL CANIN after researching a lot I found this to be the best for her maybe this has something to do with it?!The vet suggested for-bid because she has Giardia and she is re-infecting herself from her own poop, I have not tried it yet because I wanted to research the other options, The meat tenderizer sounds pretty good. I usually cannot catch her doing it so the others wouldn't work. My friends have 3 Shih tzus and all 3 eat their own poo and were eating out of the cat's litter boxes until they moved them.


Answer by Jenn
Submitted on 3/16/2007
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I put red hot on the poop and after one taste my shih tzu stopped. He was nibbling at his poops since I got him.  If you are able to be around your puppy when he goes to the bathroom, you need to immediately pick it up. If you are not home, and your puppy is older, you might want to feed him earlier so he can go to the bathroom before you leave the house. This way he does not release during the day when you are gone.


Answer by erica
Submitted on 3/26/2007
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My Bull Terrier puppy has recently been eating her poop and it is driving me crazy. I hope one of these ideas works. She is strong-willed and I have had to go and get her when she starts to eat it because she doesn't care if I say "No". She will just do it faster.


Answer by TABBY
Submitted on 3/27/2007
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I do know that the face has a smell and it comes from the eye discharge so you have to wipe their faces everyday. I am having a problem with my dog pee peeing on his legs and then walking through it. I have tried eveything to get him not to walk through his pee and feces but nothing seems to work so far. I bathe him weekly and take him to the groomers but in between that his walking through his discharge is what keeps him from walking through our home. What can I do. I do not thing he used to do this because he smelled much better longer. Now his legs and bedding that he tracks back to smells also. Please help


Answer by Natie
Submitted on 4/1/2007
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hi, my shih tzu (Booger) has a terrible odor every time he comes from outside from doing his buisness... even if it is 2 minutes or a second.. what can be causing that smell?


Answer by hazel
Submitted on 4/1/2007
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you can sprinkle baking powder on the feces and your dog won't eat it. that's what my vet suggested to me and it works!


Answer by Kteacher
Submitted on 4/5/2007
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My groomer said that the stink around the eye is caused from a bacteria that forms from skin folds that are around the eye and the tears that are constantly coming out of the eye.  The bacteria forms inside the folds of skin under the eye.  You have to wipe it everyday.  I bought "Eye Envy" and put a dab of baby powder in the stream, not in the eye!  I still have a problem with her eating her poop.  The meat tenderizing thing didn't work form me, but keeping the poop cleaned up and a firm no seems to be the best answer.  They are a lot of work, but well worth it! What a sweet little dog I have found.


Answer by dianmedi95
Submitted on 4/17/2007
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my shih tzu is 2months and he still wont do his business were he is suppose to and when i tell him NO to bad things he does he ignores me and does what ever he wants
i need help
any recommendations?


Answer by Todos en usted
Submitted on 4/17/2007
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I have a Shih Tzu that is 16 weeks old and he has been caught doing this also. I have tried Deter and Forbid, neither of which are working. If I am not able to get him outside quick enough, he does it in a place that I do not know about and he has been caught eating something. I do not let him sniff around places too long where other dogs or cats have expelled and watch the area where I take him out to relieve himself. I hate this bad habit and I pray he grows out of it. The only thing I can suggest is to move quicker on getting them outside and picking it up. It is hard when you have a job and the dogs do not go potty until an hour or two later after eating. This is my first pet and I was told to take him out around 15 to 30 minutes after eating. Then I was told to place him in a cage for a bit longer then take him back out. I release him and he runs and then goes straight to potty where I can't see and then later comes back and eats it. I cannot even smell the crap! blah


Answer by Pearl
Submitted on 4/18/2007
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I am sickened by my Golden Retreiver eating her own poop!!! She is 2 1/2 years old. If anyone has any helpful suggestions I would be grateful. This is making me want to throw up!
I have tried multiple behavioural ways to deal with this issue!



Answer by Sarah Jacksons
Submitted on 5/11/2007
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Hi my lab pup eats his own poo too i tried Pinapple and meat tenderizer and it has not worked im afraid he wont grow out of it and it is grossing my friends out. Can Someone help...please.


Answer by james
Submitted on 5/21/2007
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some dogs eat there own poop due to some nutrition they are lacking in their diet. try speaking to your vet..and there is a powder which is called the missing link...this has the nutrition your dogs are craving in their diet.


Answer by tringer
Submitted on 6/11/2007
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As far as the sour dish rag smell around the face... I solved this by mixing a small (1-2 teaspoons) of organic apple cider vinegar in her dry dog food. I read somewhere that this would prevent and cure some of the common small dog infections like ear and tear ducts. It not only rid the smell but also seems to balance her out perfectly. I even had a problem with hot spots on the skin and they disappeared. Give it a try, good luck! I don't know what to say about the poop thing. I pick my dog's poop up and wiper her bum after every bowel movement...


Answer by Bren
Submitted on 6/18/2007
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My Mom's Shih Tzu adores "DUCK POOP!!!!"  :)
Can't figure this one out... she gets so excited when it's "Park Time!"  and she ends up with a light green tinge to her pretty little face!!!  Blech!!!
TO : FALALALA ~  YES...Shih TZU'scan have smelly face due to the origins of their eyes. Do look up info on "DRY EYES" very informative!!! ;)


Answer by JoAnneTea
Submitted on 6/20/2007
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Studies have been done to length on why dogs eat poop and the answer is simply because it tastes good to them! Pills called Deter or Forbid are said to work. I have used S.E.P. (stop eating poop) made by Solid Gold and it does work. It has natural ingredients in powder form that you sprinkle over their dog food. Do a search for more information on Coprophagia. Always scoop the poop in your yard/house immediately. Teach your dog the command "leave it" for the times you are racing your dog to clean it up. Give your dog entertaining toys to relieve boredom snacking. Poop eating is not just disgusting for their bad breath issue, but because they can pick up dangerous parasites and worms!


Answer by Helen
Submitted on 7/7/2007
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I have tried deter, forbid and there just is not anything that will stop Tink 8 months old yorkie from lapping up her poop or my yorkie Buff's.  I have tried hot sause and she was sick for a day.  Vomited and loose stools.  She continued right on eating the stools the very next day.  The other yorkie 20 months never has touched her own or Tinks.  I stay under pressure trying to look all day long for poop.  I had two yorkies before and they were in the home while I was at work.  The stool was all there, at least two different looking messes on piddle pads when I can home.  Tell me why this happens.


Answer by Kim
Submitted on 7/9/2007
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What is MSG? and where can I find the meat tenderizer that has it in it.  My Shih Tzu will NOT stop eating her poop. PLEASE HELP ME it's driving me CRAZY!!!!!


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