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How to Stop My Dog From Eating Poop

Updated on July 2, 2009

Many of us probably have a pet of some sort. I know that for me I have dogs, cats, and recently added fish to the mix as well. I haven't let me husband convince me yet though about a bird, but he is working on it. Now though my dog recently developed the nasty habit of sniffing out other animals poop and eating it. Mainly it is rabbit poop that he eats, but still it is poop none the less and it is very disgusting seeing him eat this poop. Here are a couple of tips that I have found that worked out well in getting my dog to reduce how much poop he finds and when he does find it he walks away from it!

The first thing that I have found is that I am able to walk him on his leash. Now if I am walking him on his leash I am able to control where he goes in the yard and am able to keep him away from the poop in the yard. I am sure if you watch your yard closely you will probably notice that for whatever reason it never seems to fail that your pet will be attracted to the same area of your yard each time. Then you will be able to look around in that area for rabbits or other animals that would leave behind poop during the time that your dog is inside your home.

Now if he is still trying to eat poop while you are walking him on his leash then you will want to take and have him go through a training program. Once he is in the dog training program you will be able to teach him the leave it command. Now the leave it command might not be one that you would even think about, but it does work wonders because when you say leave it he will walk away from the item without even considering going back to it because he will realize that you are the boss and he is not.

While stopping your dog from eating poop is a challenge that you might encounter it is definitely a challenge that you will want to conquer because of how disgusting it is. I know that the two methods that I have mentioned above work wonders in getting my dog to stop eating poop and now I do not even have to keep him on his leash because he has no interest in hunting down the poop of other animals as a snack.


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    • labpuppy Training profile image

      labpuppy Training 8 years ago

      Thanks for the advice, one suggestion that I saw was to spray the poop with a mixture of lemon juice and water and the dogs don't like the smell.

    • mcstir profile image

      mcstir 8 years ago

      I used to have two pugs who ate poop from each other's behinds. Totally gross. I tried pouring tabasco sauce on it, etc. Didn't stop them at all. I think they actually liked it spicy.

    • Isabellas profile image

      Isabellas 8 years ago from Ohio

      You would want to check with the veterinarian if the diet is sufficent for your dog. I know with my dogs it was because my dogs were bored and seen something new in the yard so they had to try it out until I got them trained not to even look at it anymore!

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      Hilly Chism 8 years ago from Holland

      Do you think it's possible that he is missing something in his diet?