Eating other dogs poo

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EATING OTHER DOG'S POO!

My nearly 4 year old Dobe Georgie has always occasionally done this but since losing my 12 year old Weimaraner last November it became increasingly regular. So much so that she started losing weight due to a horribly upset stomach. Having tried everything I could apart from a muzzle I tried a remote controlled sound/vibration collar. Brilliant for about a week but clever, canny girl that she is she worked out that although both the sound and vibration were a bit annoying they could easily be ignored.

In desperation I then decided to try a remote controlled, static shock collar. Result! I don't even need to use the 'shock' mode now. A warning shout of 'LEAVE' is enough to stop her from actually trying to eat the poo and mostly she's back to just scent marking. It does seem to depend on what is out there though and at the moment I am being very watchful as this is one habit I really do want to break. Not only because of the weight loss but because of what I have to clear up if she does eat the 'wrong' things.

Has anyone else had experience of this? After Googling I did find out that there's no known reason even though it's fairly common. I also didn't want to try a muzzle as I felt that would look as though I'd got a dangerous dog which she most certainly is not.

 

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She might be looking for 'left over' nutrients.. maybe try switching her diet slowly and see what happens..what does your vet say??

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She could be lacking something in her diet. Its a common reason for poo eating, as well as rock chewing and dirt munching (I've seen it, not pretty). I suggest taking her to a vet and asking them about it.

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Thanks for the replies. I've been told it's nothing to do with diet as she's on the best food possible and in all other ways is really healthy, 'happy' and contented. As 'leave' is now working without any reinforcement here's hoping we've cracked this. Got some stories to share about earlier times though!! Look out for 'falling for a Dobe!'

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Our pup does it all the time!!! :( our vet said that it very well could be stress.  

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If this is dog waste in your own yard the clear answer is to walk your dogs and pick up the stools immediately, also rather than a shock collar which this is not a case for a shock collar - there are enyzmes that you can add to their food that makes it distasteful to the dog, it's a powder and you sprinkle it on their food each day.

If it's other dog's stool while you are out walking you need to keep walking and not give your dog a chance to nose down to it.

Stool left in the yard can cause all sorts of parasites to grow in your ground that your dog can then pick up with their foot pads and you can get with bare feet. Pick it up.....if your dog goes and then turns to eat their own then the packets of powder are a good idea for sure.