Why do dogs eat their feces?
- When dogs eat their own feces it is a condition known as
coprophagia. It actually is quite common with younger dogs.
When a dog does this, it is usually due to a mineral deficiency. As
gross as it sounds, it doesn't know any better. When your dog
becomes socialized, it will learn that it is "improper." Also, it
is important that while training a dog -- and throughout its life
-- that you as the owner pick up his poop BEFORE he gets a chance
to "eat" it. It is my experience that your pooch will grow out of
this with good nutrition and also removing any feces from his path.
Sometimes a dog will eat their own feces if in housebreaking your
dog you rub their nose in the feces, which never should be done.
the dog thinks that this is what is expected of them. dogs usually
try to please their master.
- Because they are not getting enough nutrients in their
- The jury is still out on this one. The most popular belief is
the one the other poster gave, but it's a limp answer to the
reality of the question. At the beginning dogs were wild (until
tamed by man) and they did all sorts of things to survive. I've
heard that dogs often ate feces to cover up where that particular
pack of dogs had been. There is no proven theory that either of
these answers are correct.
- My dog used to do this and I just think that he is bored and
maybe a bit hungry but he has grown out of it just a few months
- Because they aren't getting good quality food with all the
nutrients. After your dog eats his/her dinner give it a piece of
pineapple which will make the poo taste really bad.
- When young dogs eat their own feces its probably because there
are still some nutrients in the feces( I personally thinks its fine
for them to recycle their own feces ). But if it's a full-grown dog
eating its own feces might be a problem; they might either felt
being ignore/boring or stressed. My dog used to play and drink
water from toilet and eat its own feces when we left her alone in
- It's unknown why dogs eat their own poop / feces - some
people say boredom, others anxiety, and others poor nutrition. None
of these can be proven - the best thing is to prevent this habit
by cleaning up after then and not allowing them the opportunity to
eat their poop. You can also attempt to train them by saying
NO! or showing them it is not OK to do this when you catch them in
the act. This usually works as well as teaching them not to counter
Some dogs eat other dogs' feces (an even worse idea) but in some
instances is it normal. For example mothers of a litter eat their
puppies feces to keep the den clean and to prevent parasites and
bacteria from building up. This will stop once the puppies are old
- Is the dog in question also eating his food REALLY fast? If so,
that's your problem. He's eating his food so fast that he's
"passing" it too fast for his body to get the nutrients out of it.
So he eats his feces in an attempt to get that nutrition the
"second time around." To stop this behavior (and you REALLY, REALLY
want to -- think about it: he eats his poo and then probably licks
your face, right? Gross!!) put a tennis ball (or two) in his food
bowl. That will give him a harder time wolfing it down. Also, give
him a bit of pineapple (it won't hurt him, I promise!) ... that
will make his poo stink so much (to him -- you won't notice a
thing) to him that he won't even consider eating it!! If he's NOT
eating it too fast, then it's malnutrition or just plain anxiety or
boredom. But it will still be a behavioral issue that needs to be
dealt with. The best person to ask would be your family vet!
- I don't think that they will stop eating their own feces how
much it stinks: the more it stinks more taste its poo will be.
However, when young dogs eat their own feces its probably because
there are still some nutrients in the feces( I personally thinks
its fine for them to recycle their own feces ). But if it's a
full-grown dog eating its own feces might be a problem; they might
either felt being ignore/boring or stressed. My dog used to play
and drink water from toilet and eat its own feces when we left her
alone in the house.
- If your dog eats fast it goes through the digestive system
faster which means more flavor so it tastes like food.
- It's not because of bad nutrition and it's caused because they
are bored and are curious of what it tastes like.
- It could be a neurotic behaviour like if their bored, or there
could be some vitamins or minerals that they are lacking in their
diet. A normal dog should not be eating its feces, as it is not
healthy for any animal (except for rabbits and some other rodents)
to eat their feces.