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I have a Labrador who keeps eating poop.

  1. werebear profile image58
    werebearposted 8 years ago

    I have a Labrador who keeps eating poop.

    I have a Labrador who keeps eating poop especialy cat poop it really smells bad and  i just get embarrased when does this.
    He is way quicker then me so stopping it so far has been difficult.
    Does anyone have any suggestion on how to stop this gross habit?

  2. beccas90 profile image75
    beccas90posted 8 years ago

    IT is a common problem among dogs - not just Labradors. Many Retrievers do it as well. As the first comment suggests there are things on the market you can add to meals to make it less tasty to your dog. What did your vet suggest?

  3. Whitney05 profile image82
    Whitney05posted 8 years ago

    Here's a hub that I have published that deals with this exact issue.


  4. JessicaR1211 profile image63
    JessicaR1211posted 8 years ago

    My Labs do the same exact thing. It has only gotten worse as they have aged. Pills from the Vet did nothing.

    Now we clean the yard immediately after they goto the bathroom, and sometimes we must place a muzzle type face mask on them. (I try not to use it though!)

  5. Isabellas profile image77
    Isabellasposted 8 years ago

    This is a very nasty habit indeed. Here is a hub that I have done on this topic which provides the tips that I used to get my dog to stop this disgusting act.

    http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Stop-My- … ating-Poop

  6. CiscoPixie profile image78
    CiscoPixieposted 8 years ago

    Normally when a dog eats its own poop, it is lacking something in its diet. Try changing the food that you feed it and good luck.

  7. Skif profile image55
    Skifposted 8 years ago

    This may sound dumb, but if he eats only cat poop, you can move the litter box to a place out of his reach. The basement is where we keep ours.  Also, a covered litter box usually will stop that from happening.  You can pick one up at a pet store or wal-mart for around twenty dollars.

  8. amjamj profile image55
    amjamjposted 8 years ago

    same like my labrador. you can indicate your dog to not eat poop anymore. check this : http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/D … Eating.php

    *sorry for my bad english.

  9. ddsurfsca profile image76
    ddsurfscaposted 8 years ago

    sometimes dogs do this when they have worms or other parasites.

  10. akirchner profile image96
    akirchnerposted 7 years ago

    Dogs eating poop is a common problem in any breed.  If they eat their own, it is sometimes a learned behavior - they see you picking it up and think they are 'helping'.  If they are eating other dogs' poop, they could be hungry, could be missing something in their diet, or again, exhibiting a learned behavior about picking it up. 

    Scolding a dog when they do it is a great way to break the habit though if they are fixated on it, they may continue doing it.  Spraying with Bitter Apple is a great way to stop it as well.  Picking it up 'immediately' is also a great way (though if they see you doing it, they may still repeat the behavior). 

    Knowing it is normal behavior though brings a sigh of relief (at least to us) - getting them to quit it is a bit more of a creative thing - but keep at it - it'll work!  Check to make sure that they are not underweight though or have any other food problems such as allergies, etc. to cause it if the above solutions don't work.

  11. winterwind profile image55
    winterwindposted 7 years ago

    if your dog is eating his own poop I suggest putting pineapple juice in his food... dogs love it cause it tastes sweet going in but tastes bad coming out (no I have not tasted it) it really does work

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    Candy Apple 4711posted 7 years ago