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Question by RRR
Submitted on 3/1/2004
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My Shih Txzu like to eat his feces. What works to stop this desire?

Answer by Cackle
Submitted on 3/4/2004
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This is very common. It's called coprophagia. It is a very common problem. Actually in most canines it is a normal behavior. Of course, mothers consume their pups' droppings until they are old enough to get away from the nest to eliminate, but dogs will eat other dogs' faeces and even that of other species. It is a little more unusual for them to eat their own, but it still happens.Whatever you do, it will take some time to modify the behavior.That means letting your dog know that it is bad through a loud, firm, scolding voice. You can use this method when your pet sniffs or shows interest in faeces. It helps to have your pet on a leash when outside to give you some physical control over movement as well.

Products such as monosodium glutamate (seasoning salt) added to a pet's food makes the faeces less desirable. A more direct approach includes putting Tabasco or bitter lemon on the faeces itself. I found the best way was to simply clean the yard every day to remove any temptation.


Answer by Leeyoung
Submitted on 3/23/2004
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this is the one


Answer by Dawn
Submitted on 3/26/2004
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I have a 9 year old male and he has done this for years,
so I keep an eye on him at all times when he goes out.


Answer by 1guy2pups
Submitted on 1/5/2005
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Introduce them to rabbit turds.  Rabbit turds are the caviar of poop.  Once they try rabbit turds, they will turn up their noses at their own dung.  If your dog wants a hot lunch to go, they'll just turn around and collect it while it drops.  

This is all written tongue-in-cheek since I haven't much luck with exception of watching closely, picking up after the dog, and keeping them away from known rabbit turd spots.  What is it with rabbit turds anyway?  Has anybody tried them? :)


Answer by Poo eatring dog owner
Submitted on 9/8/2006
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use doggie mouthwash whenever the dog eats it


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