How to Stop Your Dog from Eating Poop

Why do dogs eat poop?

Dogs eat poop for a variety of reasons including –

  • Nutritional imbalance – When a dog eats his own poop, it may be because the stool still has undigested minerals and nutrients.
  • Stress – A dog may poop because of extreme anxiety (e.g. when left alone), and then eat up his own feces as a displacement behavior.
  • Boredom – Lack of activity and interaction may cause a dog to start playing with his stool and sometimes eat it.
  • Enjoyment – Many dogs like the taste of leavings from cats or other animals. My dogs also like smelling the stuff and scenting it with their tongue.
  • Clean-up – Some dogs may eat poop inside the house to keep their living space clean. Dogs that are physically punished for potty training mistakes, may learn to eat their own poop to avoid our anger or strong discipline.
  • Any combination of the above.

Whether eating feces is harmful to our dog will depend on whether it is contaminated with worms, fleas, or other parasites that may carry bacteria and viruses. The consequences of eating contaminated feces will also depend on the immune system and general health of our dog. Young puppies, for example, have developing immune systems, and may be more susceptible to bad stool; especially if they have not been fully vaccinated. To be safe, I only take my puppy out on hikes and neighborhood walks, after he has received all of his vaccination shots.

The most effective method to stop our dog from eating poop, will depend on the reason for his behavior, his temperament, as well as our own preferences.

1. Feed our dog a healthy and balanced diet.

The easiest balanced food to give our dog is dry kibble. Dry kibble is nutritionally balanced and results in less teeth tartar.

Make sure to get a high quality kibble, with good protein sources, and no unhealthy fillers.

Some well reviewed kibble brands include Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature’s Variety Instinct, and Orijen.

2. Fixed feeding schedule and on-leash supervision.

If we keep our dog on a fixed eating schedule, it will help keep his poop schedule regular and predictable as well.

A fixed schedule makes it easier for us to supervise our dog, and prevent him from eating his own feces or those from our other dogs.

During poop time

  • I put the problem dog on a leash, and walk him out on-leash to do his business first.
  • If he tries to eat his own feces, I no-mark him (Ack-ack) and lead him away from it. I get him to do some obedience commands, and then try again. If he does not try to pull towards the bad stuff, I praise him and reward him well.
  • I keep sessions short, and end on a positive note.
  • I make sure to clean up after him.
  • If we have other dogs, only let them out after cleaning up.
  • Make sure to keep the problem dog on-leash, so that we may supervise and prevent poop eating when our other dogs are out.

3. Keep our dogs busy and well-exercised.

Bored dogs will frequently develop behavioral issues and cause property damage.

It is important to walk our dog regularly (preferably every day), and to provide structured, interesting activities, to keep his mind sharp and engaged.

My dogs work for all of their food, either by performing dog obedience commands, or through interactive food toys. If we provide a lot of alternative activities for our dog, he will be less likely to find unacceptable entertainment on his own, including eating his own feces.

If we are busy in the short-term, and do not have the time to give our dog the attention that he needs, consider sending him to dog daycare or hiring a pet sitter.

4. Keep our dog’s environment clean.

Scoop up after our dog, as soon as he is done with his business. If we keep things clean, there will be less chance for him to engage in opportunistic poop eating.

During retraining, it is also important to supervise our dog closely, so that he does not practice any bad behavior on his own. We may have to go back to dog potty training basics, to fully stop him from eating his own poop.

5. Help our dog reduce stress.

Identify situations that cause extreme stress in our dog, and try to reduce the number of stressful encounters. In the meantime, practice managed desensitization exercises, to help reduce his stress response.

To desensitize my dog-

  • I make sure that I am in control of the training environment. Then, I start by exposing him to very low levels of the stressful stimulus. Low enough that he is able to stay calm and learn.
  • I treat and praise him for staying calm.
  • I do some simple obedience commands (e.g. Sit), so that he is focused on me, and looks to me for direction while under stress.
  • When my dog is comfortable with the low-level stimulus, I very slowly increase its intensity, and repeat the focus and training exercises.

If our dog starts to react badly, then we have moved forward too quickly. I move a few steps back, help my dog to calm down, and then do some simple focus exercises so that I can end on a positive note.

While conducting desensitization exercises, it is important to keep sessions short, fun, and rewarding for our dog. In this way, he will begin to re-associate the bad stimulus with positive experiences.

6. Teach our dog the ‘Leave-it’ command.

  • First, I get some yummy treats that my dog likes.
  • I put one treat in my hand, and make sure my dog knows it is there.
  • I close my hand into a fist, and hold it still.
  • My dog will naturally nose all over my hand, while trying to get to the treat. I say Leave-it, and wait for him to briefly stop nosing my hand.
  • As soon as he stops, I mark the behavior (Yes), and treat him from my other hand.

As our dog learns the command, we can slowly lengthen the time he has to leave our hand alone, before we mark and treat him.

Once we are comfortable with this exercise, we can practice the Leave-it command with a treat on the floor. Make sure that we are fast, or have our dog on a lead. In this way, we may stop him if he decides to lunge for the treat. If necessary, we can also cover the treat with our hand.

As soon as our dog leaves the treat alone, mark and treat him from our other hand. It is important NOT to give him the treat that is on the floor. This may inadvertently teach him that he gets rewarded with whatever is on the ground, which is often not the case in real-world situations.

Keep practicing this until we have a really solid Leave-it command. Now, we can use it when our dog gets tempted by animal leavings during walks.

Note that independent minded dogs may choose to eat the feces anyway, if they decide that our reward is of lesser value. If this happens, I try upgrading my rewards, and make sure that my dog does not get within striking distance of the bad stuff. In addition, I quickly march my dog home and end the walk, if he manages to sneak in some poop eating. This teaches him that if he eats the stuff, the nice and interesting walk ends. That is usually enough of a deterrent to stop any roadside temptations.

7. Make the dog poop taste bad.

Adding meat tenderizer containing papain, in small quantities to our dog’s food, will sometimes prevent poop eating. Some people also suggest adding pumpkin, pineapple, or stool deterrent supplements as alternatives. Our vet can also give our dog medicine, that will make his stool taste extremely bitter.

Only use one additive at a time, so that our dog’s digestive system does not become overly unbalanced.

Remember to consult with our vet, before using any of these additives. Adding too much, may give our dog digestive issues. Some dogs may also be allergic to the added ingredients.

Instead of adding to our dog’s food, we may also coat our dog’s poop with taste deterrents such as Bitter Apple.

Note that taste deterrents are added to the feces, and *not* to the food.

However, stool deterrents only work when our dog is eating his own feces, or those from other dogs in the house. Results are usually much better and longer lasting, when we correct the source of the poop eating behavior, through the other methods listed above.

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  1. Venice says

    What can I do if my 1 yr old pup poops in the house and eats while I’m not home. She poops in the house once in a while even when we are home(not that often) and when it’s just her and my 7 yr old dog and she poops, she’ll eat it and sometimes carry it to my bed and eat it there. How do I stop it if I’m not there to see it?
    I can have her outside for an extra amount of time but there are some days if something has changed in the environment she won’t do anything outside.

  2. kathy p. says

    My 12 wk old shi tsu is eating her poop.. I work from 7 to 330.. I dont know how i can stop her.. Im desperate. I have a yr d pit who i have had since 6wks n he never did that. Help.

    • shibashake says

      What food is she eating? How long have you had her? Is she stressed when left alone in the house? Dogs may sometimes eat poop when they are anxious. Did she eat poop right from the start? Does she eat poop when you are around?

  3. jesse says

    I heard of people using pinnacle or meat tenderizer to a dog’s diet and asked my vet. Both products work the same; they alter the taste of poop because they contain bromelain. Instead, you can just buy bromelain pills (our dog likes them, so that’s easy). We give 80mg (1 pill) a day. It works and the bromelain has the added benefit of decreasing arthritis (see webmd). Ask your vet about adding bromelain.

  4. Zach says

    Hi I have a 7 months chocolate lab and he has been eating his poop very recently. I don’t know why he does that, but I picked it up right after he goes and even walk him. He gets a lot if exercise and play time but he stills eats his poop. I tried putting the hot sauce but he stills eats it. He is usually in his kennel only for about 5 hours a day. Any suggestions?

    • jesse says

      We added bromelain to his diet (amazon, whole foods, gnc…). We didn’t like me at tenderizer because of all the sodium and we do’t eat enough pimmaple to regularly feed cores (pinnacle meat doesn’t work, only the core). So I mentioned it to my vet and he looked it up. Both tenderizer and cores contain bromelain, which is what makes poop taste bad (I mean I assume all poop is gross, but I digress). Check out bromelain on webmd and ask your vet. We give 1 pill 80mg Daily (he just eats it, we don’t have to pill him- I assume it tastes good)

  5. Belinda says


    So glad I found this article. I have three dogs – a German Shepherd, a Belgian Malinois, & a lab/shepherd mix puppy….2 outta the 3 dogs eat poop. My Malinois LOVES his own poop – preferably fresh & warm, while my Lab/Shep X prefers to eat others’ poop (really any nasty degree of freshness or frozen-ness)…she especially loves to eat my German Shepherd’s. My German Shepherd thankfully doesn’t eat any poop.

    I have tried (gradually changing) different dog foods of high quality & feed the dogs nutritional treats & very little human food. I have mixed in (w/their food) Forbid, Distaste, pineapple, & now we are working on banana. I change these up gradually as well. I even went out & tried sprinkling Tabasco on their poop & that completely backfired…even my German Shepherd was rushing over to see what the celebration was all about!

    I make sure they get exercise, mental stimulation (especially Nosework for my Malinois) & they all are generally healthy, well-balanced dogs…but this habit is so disgusting. I usually can get out in the yard & pick up turds, but it is inevitable that some will get missed (especially w/leaves & yard debris.)

    Any suggestions would be helpful….I just saw my lab/shep puppy eating poop directly out my German Shepherd’s butt & while I was securing my poop-eating-puppy, my Mal takes a dump & spins around & chomps that up…ugh!!! I am thinking I’m probably gonna have to be taking them out to poop on leashes like….forever!!!

    Thanks so much,

    P.S. – your husky & shiba are gorgeous :)

    • shibashake says

      Do they all get the same food? What is their feeding schedule? What is their daily routine? What food are you currently using?

      The thing is, poop eating can be a self-reinforcing behavior. The more successes a dog has, the more likely he will repeat that behavior. A puppy can also learn behaviors from the adult dogs around him. With my dogs, management and supervision are key. I need to make sure they never get “rewarded” for trying to eat poop.

  6. Apple says

    Hi there. I have read your article and enjoyed it- very informative! We have a 2 year old German Shepherd Dog that eats our 6 year old Pekingese’s poop (as he is going). She does not eat the other dog’s (a boston terrier mix) or her own. They eat the same exact food. We have tried the pills, powders and pastes in the Pekingese’s food to no avail. I have tried the deterrents on the poop after it happens which will work if I catch it in time. I pick up the yard once daily. Am I correct in interpreting that you suggest that I leash her and “leave it” and pick up the poop then unleash her? What if I am not home in time? Will she ever stop eating the Pekingese’s poop? Thanks.

    • shibashake says

      Poop eating can be a self reinforcing behavior. For some dogs, eating poop is like a reward, so the more they get to eat the stuff, the more the behavior gets reinforced, and the more they will repeat it in the future.

      To stop my dog from eating poop, I need to make sure that he *never* gets rewarded for it or gets something of even greater value taken away. For example, if my dog eats poop during a walk, I no mark and I end that walk right away by marching him home. In this way, he learns that-
      Eat poop = Fun walk ends.

      Since he loves his walks, he stopped trying to eat poop.

      For at home, I need to catch my dog and redirect him before he gets to the poop. I use a collar and leash if necessary, as described in the article above. I also set up a fixed schedule and supervise him well. In this way, he never gets rewarded for the behavior, and eventually he will stop because he gets nothing for it. If he keeps trying, he loses outside privileges.

      When I am not home, I need to manage things so that my dog does not get a chance to eat poop. I either separate him from my other dogs or keep them inside the house.

  7. FirstShiba says

    Hi, I have a 17 week female Shiba Inu. She has started to eat my West Highland Terriers feces as she is defecating. The shiba is on Arden Grange food which is a good kibble. The westie is on a different diet as its older and is not technically our dog so we don’t pay for its food (the westies diet it ok but does have some additives in it) All your help would be appreciated/

    • shibashake says

      I set up a fixed schedule for my dogs, and I do on-leash supervision as needed. The more a dog practices poop eating behavior, the more he is likely to repeat it. Therefore, I need to manage and supervise my dog carefully and stop him from eating the stuff.

      If we are on-walks, eating poop is an “end of walk” offense. In this way, my dog learns that if he eats poop, we walk home right away and his fun walk ends.

      I talk more about this in the article above.

  8. Mimi says

    HI ! I just got 2 little Yorkie puppies ( 4 months ) a week ago , but i just found out the little girl ate her own poops . So can you help me what the best solution and what kind of other food can help her to stop that habbite . Please .
    Thank you !

    • shibashake says

      What I do with my dog depends a lot on why he is eating poop. For example, if it is a result of his food, then I change his food. If it is a result of anxiety, then I need to address the anxiety.

      For opportunistic poop eating, I do management, supervision, and training. I talk more about management and supervision in sections 2,3,4 of the article above. I talk more about training in section 6.

      More on how I pick my dog’s food.

      Dog behavior is very context dependent, so each dog and situation are different. When I am trying to change my dog’s behavior, I observe him closely so that I can identify the most likely causes for the behavior. Once I do that, I can come up with a good plan that addresses the source of the behavior, whether it be anxiety, nutritional imbalance, or something else.

  9. Tony says

    Hi! I have just obtain a new 3 month old puppy. He is fairly quiet and his energy isn’t as high as every other husky but that’s probably for right now. However, I recently switched his food to fast and he has diearrha issues. I will so he giving him rice and boil chicken to help with that but when I leave fore work and put him in his play pen area and when I come back he Poo everywhere, plays and eat his poo! How can I start this process of stopping it. Am I giving him too much room in the play pen. Should I crate him until I get back. Please help.

  10. says

    Regarding dogs eating excrement: My dogs seem to love eating rabbit poop.
    Two different vets have said different things: One said there is no concern with parasites from rabbits in our area; the other said this could be a problem – so I don’t really have an answer…
    Do rabbits usually carry parasites that could harm dogs?
    How to stop the dogs – several times a day they go outside in our own fenced backyard to do their business. Unfortunately the rabbits sometimes ‘go’ there as well…

  11. TxMomof2 says

    I have sm. Boston Terrier pup. She is 11 months and weighs 8 lbs. I was potty training her to go on potty pads since she is so small. I know she wouldn’t go outside when the weather is – raining or freezing cold. She does her business outside when she’s on a walk and doesn’t eat her own poop. She only does it inside. I can be standing right there as she finishes and she will start eating it before I can bend over and pick it up. I tried the pills, pumpkin, and pineapple. They didn’t work. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • shibashake says

      I find that having a leash on a my dog helps a lot in terms of being able to quickly control him. During the puppy training period, I usually have a lead on my dog so that I can quickly prevent undesirable behaviors. I only do this when I am doing full-time supervision and only with a flat collar or harness (*not* an aversive training collar).

      More on what I do.

      I also talk more about on-leash supervision in section 2 of the article above.

    • HIHI says

      Your dog is probably eating her poop because she, like all dogs, does not want to soil her living area. Try taking her away before cleaning up the poop, take her outside to go potty was much as possible, and also try the ‘leave-it’ command described in this article.

  12. sophia soto says

    my dog he is a pit bull he eats his own poop and i dont know what to do he dose not feel like eating and he looks strange evry thing he dose is not normal please tell me what to do please help me.

    • shibashake says

      If my dog is not eating normally or not acting normally, the first thing that I do is take him to the vet to make sure that everything is ok physically.

      How long have you had your dog? When was he last at the vet? When did he start not wanting to eat? What food do you feed him?

  13. Ma says


    One month ago we bought Akita Inu puppy. We realised that our dog is eating own stool. We tried to forbid, and give some medicines, but it did not work. Also our dog has worms, we are giving medicines and it is so difficult when she still eating it…… i don’t know what to do. My family had two dogs, but we never had such a problems.

    • shibashake says

      How old is the puppy? What food is the puppy currently eating? What kind of worms does the puppy have? What is puppy’s daily routine?

      With my dogs, close supervision is needed so that I can be there to teach them not to eat their own poop or poop from other animals. I talk more about what I do in the article above.

    • Ma says

      My puppy is 3 months old. She is eating good food, it is Brit Care food.
      Our veterinary said that worms is Toxacara Canis. Now we are giving her some medicines from it.
      She is very active dog, we are spending a lot of time together and when we are in a separate room she starts to eat her poop. Looks like she is doing it only when she is alone.

    • shibashake says

      When you are in a separate room, can she come to you if she wants to? Or is she in an enclosed space? Does she show any other behavior when she is alone, e.g. whining? Is she being potty trained? How is she being potty trained?

      Dogs eat their own poop for a variety of reasons, including stress (e.g. separation anxiety) or to clean up their living space. The more I understand the source of my dog’s behavior, the better I can help him cope with the underlying issues.

    • ma says

      Because we are not going outside yet, so we are doing our potty at home. She has the place, where she is doing it all the time.
      Now we had second vaccinate and looks like now she has no worms anymore.
      In the house we are not closing the doors in any room, so she can come anytime. Just when we don’t see she is eating her stool.

    • shibashake says

      With my dog, it helped to put him on a fixed schedule during the potty training period. In this way, his poop schedule is also more regular and I can clean up after him right after he poops.

      During the potty training period, I also make sure to supervise my puppy all the time. If I am not able to supervise even for 1 minute, I put him in his crate for a short time. Here is more on how I potty trained my dog.

      Supervision is necessary because in order to change behavior, I need to catch the behavior, no-mark, and show my dog what to do instead. I want to maximize success and also minimize failures because the more successes we have, the more opportunities I get to reward my dog for doing the right thing. On the other hand, the more my dog practices an undesirable behavior, the more it will become a habit.

  14. RC says

    I’m really getting sick of one of my Yorkie eating the cat poo that my neighbors cat leaves in my yard. Can I put vinagir on my yard to make him stop ? Or does someone have advice for me ? It’s just gross

    • shibashake says

      What works best for my dogs is to manage their environment and train them not to eat poop. I do “Leave-It” exercises with them, and if they try to eat poop during our walks, I march them home right away, and end the walk. In this way, they learn that –

      Eat poop = Fun and exciting walk ends,
      Don’t eat poop = Walk continues and fun continues.

      After I ended the walk a few times, my dog stopped eating poop. I continue to be vigilant so that they don’t sneak in any secret poop treats or a roadside surprise. The key is to catch the behavior early (before it becomes a habit) and to be consistent about consequences. I talk more about “Leave-It” and what I do in the article above.

      If we want to use taste deterrents, we will have to be very consistent about it as well. In addition, a dog may learn to just avoid poop that smells like the taste deterrent, and eat the ones that don’t. Here is an article from the ASPCA about taste deterrents-

  15. rebecca says

    My puppy 8 mos.old @ first ate his own poop, but now he eats other dogs (we take long walks multiple times a day). He is now eating deer poop which is “plentiful ” in national park here in Cleveland and im afraid of some feral diseases!! He’s had all his shots …should i be concerned?

    • shibashake says

      I am very strict with my dogs about *not* eating poop. If they try to eat poop, I end the walk right away. In this way, they learn that –
      Eat poop = End of exciting walk,
      Don’t eat poop = Walk continues, get to stop and smell the roses, plus other rewards.

      My dogs really love their walks so after ending the walk a few times, they totally stopped eating the stuff. I make sure to stay vigilant so they don’t slip in any stealth poop. The less they practice the behavior, the less they are likely to repeat it, and the less it becomes a habit.

      In terms of whether our dog can get sick from eating poop, that would depend on the animal it came from. If the animal is sick or a carrier, then its poop may have worms, or may carry other bad parasites. As I understand it, it also depends on how recent the poop is, and the type of parasite. Some die pretty quickly, while others may stay around for a while, some parasites may not affect dogs, and some will. It depends.

      Coprophagia is usually harmless, but can sometimes spread an infectious disease or parasite to your dog. It can also cause gastroenteritis that results in vomiting and diarrhea.
      ~~[Dr. Patrick Tate]

      How is your puppy’s energy level? How is his appetite? Is his stool and urine normal? I would consult with a vet if I suspect that my dog may be sick.

  16. Charlotte says

    I have a pekishu puppy and the problem that I am having is he eats his poop and I will take him outside to use the bathroom but as soon as I bring him back in the house he uses the bathroom in the house. What can I go about this behavior?

  17. Angel says

    I have a shiz-tzu puppy and she eats her poop. I have tried the tenderizer and she is on the tablets now but she continues to eat her poop. But the weird thing is that she will turn her nose up at it when she goes outside but if she goes in the house she almost always eats it. I’m at my wits end with her and so frustrated. Please help me….

  18. Holly says

    My 5 year old schnauzer has NEVER eaten poop. The next door neighbor’s dog always eats poop. My dog is good friends with the neighbor’s dog and today my dog “bolted out the door” to see the neighbor dog who was outside. I saw my dog greet the neighbor dog and then run and eat poop. I think my dog has “learned this behavior” from the neighbor dog. I immediately went to my dog and looked in his mouth and beard. I took him by the collar and walked him in the house. Once inside, I put him in bathtub and scrubbed his face and front paws. I made him “sit/stay” after out of tub, he knew I was most upset with him. How can I make sure my dog does not follow the bad habits of the neighbors dog? Short of banning him from ever playing (off leash) I don’t know what else to do?

    • shibashake says

      Does he only eat poop when he is with the other dog?

      With my dog, I identify the situations where they show poop eating behavior. In Lara’s case, it is usually cat poop which is only available during walks. Therefore, I make sure to supervise her closely during walks. If she goes near poop, I give her the “Leave-It” command which I have pre-trained. If she manages to eat some poop, I no-mark and then march her home quickly. In this way, she learns that –

      Eating poop = End of fun walk,
      No eating poop = Get rewarded well and fun walk continues.

  19. Marisol says

    Hello! I have a 5 month old black tan shiba. She is super smart and non destructive however she has one big flaw, she’s a poop eater!! And it is so digesting!! I have supervised, given her the deterrent tablets, the powder, and I pick up her poo as soon as She’s done. However the moment I don’t watch her she sneaks and eats it I guess because I look at the porch and no signs of poo just the streaks. :/ I dot understand why she does it. She sleeps in a kennel and some nights I let her sleep out on her doggie bed b the door of my room. And If she needs to pee she has a puppy pad. But I don’t know what to do with her. I picked her up Saturday from the boarding house since I was on a trip where I couldn’t take her. And she was very mellow throughout te weekend and not eating much but last night around 11 she started gagging constantly and she vomited literally poo! It was the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen!! I felt sick for her and for me because it smelled so awful as I’m afraid she’s going to intoxicate herself with all that bacteria from the poo. She threw up twice and after went straight to her kennel and vomited there a little too an then she wouldn’t come out. She knew throwing up in her crate is a big No No, I cleaned it up and sanitized the area and he came out afterwards and was all happy go lucky! She apparently needed to throw up! But I’m getting so upset with this bad habit of hers. I know I have to take her to vet to get her rabies shot an need to explain to her all of this again. Bella Paris has been doing this since te day I brought her home from a pet store. PLEASE HELP! any suggestions tips??!

    • shibashake says

      Yeah, pet store puppies can have this issue because they mostly come from puppy mills and are kept caged for much of the time. As a result, they may get used to soiling their crate, and may engage in poop eating behavior out of boredom, stress, and more.

      I always take a new puppy to the vet as soon as possible to make sure she is healthy and for her vaccination shots. This is especially important for a pet store puppy where there is little attention given to health, or genetic attributes of the parents.

      Here is more information from the ASPCA on puppy mills and pet stores-

      In terms of poop eating, I would go back to potty training basics. During potty training, I watch my puppy like a hawk and take her out every time to do her business. I *always* go out with her so that I can reward her *very very well* for doing her business outside and pick up her poop.

      Here is more on what I did to potty train my puppy.

  20. dougnsalem says

    We have the opposite problem. Our neighbor lets her dog crap in our yard, all the time; and she could care less. My kids play out there and have to worry about dog mines, and we don’t even have a dog. What is going to be the most flavorful “topping” to sprinkle on the dog crap? I have heard bacon grease, or A1 sauce works good. I plan on putting up a sign, just to inform the neighbor; as to what her dog is eating…. can’t wait to see her reaction. Should bring a quick end to it….

  21. Ito says

    I have a chihuahua coming 4 months old and she is a poop eater (this is like “poopolick” anonymous)

    My chihuahua is not fully vaccinated yet so she is doing her business in her big play pen with poopy tray and bed. Whatever chance she has, either i go fetch a glass of water or go to the toilet, she would simply use this chance to poo and eat it!!! Since I am a home maker and can actually monitor her the whole time, I watched her like a hawk now and take down her poopoo schedule. There has been less accidents during the day but when it comes to bedtime, I have no control over the situation and it becomes a morning mess the next day seeing her pad with only poo stains behind.

    I feed her quality food and have her vitamins and check up covered. I also tried making her poo before bed and even waking up several times to check on her (I’m so sleepy even as I write this) ! I even tried using a deterrent (aint helping)! Its disgusting not only aesthetically but hygienically. She licks and bites a lot! I love her kisses but not pooped flavoured please!

    This is my second dog (I never had any major problems with the first) This is like a nightmare/daymare!! Anyone has any clue how to go about this especially in the night?


    • shibashake says

      Hmmm, is she currently being potty trained? Is she trained to only potty on her pads?

      With my dogs, it helps to get them to do their potty in the backyard. In this way, the stuff it far-away from their living area. I use puppy pads as a backup, and clean it up as soon as they go potty on it.

      At night, I put my puppy in her crate in my bedroom. Dogs don’t general like soiling where they sleep, so my puppy will alert me when she needs to go at night. I take her out on-leash, reward her well for doing potty outside, and then she goes back into her crate to sleep.

      What is her feeding schedule like? Has she been eating the same food since the start? What deterrent did you try?

      What do you do when you catch her trying to eat poop? Sometimes, a dog does not understand that eating poop is undesirable to us. I usually teach my dogs the “Leave-It” command. When they look like they are trying to eat poop, I no-mark and then give them Leave-It command. Then I reward them very very well for leaving it.

      Did she start eating the stuff as soon as you got her?

  22. matthew says


    Recently I adopted a shiba pup (she’s 4 months old now). Overall our bond is there and she’s a hyper type, the problem is she never allows us to cuddle her. She keeps her head up or keep a distance from us when we are trying to do it. I had tried to keep cuddle while she’s having her meal so that she will get used to it but seems this way wasn’t effective.

  23. Stephanie says

    Hi- we adopted a young basset hound and when we got him he was malnourished. He was 20 pounds when he was supposed to be 40. We’ve had him for a few months now and he’s about 40 pounds, and healthy. but he won’t stop eating my other dog’s poop! It’s only hers though. He doesn’t eat his or any on walks. It’s really embarrassing on walks when I’m in public sometimes I just fake pick it up because once my dog poops I don’t have time to get the bag. By that time, the poop is gone. I’m only one person so it’s hard for me to separate him from the poop. When I try he jumps and flips over and falls on his back and I’m scared he’s going to hurt himself. I don’t know how to stop him on walks.

    • shibashake says

      Hmmm, are both dogs on the same food? Does he eat the other dog’s poop while they are at home?

      One possibility is to walk them separately. Then, train him not to eat poop while they are at home and in a more controlled environment.

  24. Rosie says

    I have a major problem which I cannot supervise. My 10year old Japanese Akita has been pooping inside the house for about 10months. I have tried to train her out of this. Two weeks ago I told her off firmly but kindly. Now she has started to eat it to hide it I guess, very upsetting. The reason I cannot supervise it is because she waits until nighttime when everyone is in bed and poops in her sleep. I can’t keep an eye on her throughout the small hours and she does it every night. She has four walks a day but chooses to poop in the house. Her routine was changed about a year ago, when I moved house and this is when the problem started. She is never left alone (family home) so it’s not an attention problem. Any suggestions greatly appreciated, I just don’t know what to do next. Oh and it’s sticking to her fur so I have to wash her bum everyday…nice!

    • shibashake says

      Hello Rosie,
      What I have observed with my dogs is that they do not easily generalize what they learn. For example, I usually use my right-hand to give hand signals. When I give the same hand-signals using my left-hand, they do not initially understand that it is the same command. I have to retrain them with the left-hand.

      It could be the same thing with potty training and houses. They may learn that they are not supposed to poop in a particular house, but not know that the same rule applies in a different house. Another possibility, is that moving is stressful, especially for an older dog. There could be changes in behavior as a result of stress. Finally, it could also be a health issue.

      Coming up with the best solution would depend to some degree on the cause of the behavior. If it is only a training-generalization problem, then repeating potty training lessons could help, as you are doing. If she is crate-trained, re-introducing the crate temporarily could help with night-time pooping. Otherwise, a long-term enclosure could also be helpful.

    • Bob says

      Rosie, long time in seeing this, but because I just began researching shy my almost 13 year male Akita has begun not only eating his poop, but usually pooping(apparently) in his sleep. He’s walked at least twice daily and spends fair amount of time in our large yard where he has always taken care of his business. And, he is so finicky about keeping clean, I just can’t imagine he would do anything so nasty. He’s precious to me, just an adorable, loving and obedient pup since birth, but I’m baffled. Did you ever find a solution to your “poop eating” issue with your Akita?

  25. Amy says

    Doug likes cat poop right out of the litter box…Is it that he just likes the smell of the litter? Does he like the “surprise” when he sniffs deep enough? The litter box is cleaned once a day and new litter is put in often…?

    • shibashake says

      Hello Amy,
      My Sibes like cat poop as well. There are some free roaming cats in my neighborhood, so when we go out on walks there is sometimes cat poop on the hiking trails. I think my dogs just like the smell of cat. There may also be something in a cat’s diet that dogs like.

      It would be interesting to do some tests, e.g.
      1. bring out some new litter and see if the dog shows any interest,
      2. bring out some old litter with cat smell but no poop and see if the dog shows any interest.

      My guess is that it is the cat poop itself that Doug likes.

  26. B Hsu says

    My husband and I rescued a 3 year old Shiba mix. He’s definitely more Shiba than what ever he’s mixed with. I’ve been able to stop him from eating his own poo, however deer poo. Not so much. If he goes for another dog’s poo during walks I can tell him to drop it and he will. Again, when it comes to deer poo he won’t drop it. If I try to get it out of his mouth he gets a little aggressive. Any suggestions?

    • shibashake says

      Hello B Hsu,

      What has worked best with Sephy is to prevent him from getting the stuff in his mouth. When he was young, he would try eating pretty much everything. At first, I went into his mouth and removed the stuff but after doing this a while, I noticed that Sephy started protecting his resources from me (also called food aggression or resource guarding).

      After this, I started watching him like a hawk and stopped him before he got anything bad in his mouth. If I miss a few things, I would only go into his mouth if it is something dangerous.

      As for eating poop, Sephy was never really into that. Both my Sibes were big on eating deer, goat, and cat poop though. What seemed to work best with them was to end the walk. They would usually start by just sniffing the poop. When they do that I give them a warning not to eat it and watch them very very closely. If they try to eat the poop, I non-mark them (No or Ack-Ack) and then I march them home right away. I am very strict with this – so there are no second chances. I also withdraw all of my attention during the walk home, and they do not get to stop to smell the roses. I only needed to do this a few times with my new Sibe puppy and she quickly learned that trying to eat poop does not bring very good results.

  27. Daschie says

    I recently rescued a 9 year old long haired dachshund bitch. I love her to bits already but the major problem is she insists eating poop. Not just her own either anyone elses will do. I keep her environment clean but even when I have bagged and binned poop she will raid the bin, it’s like she think it’s been specially packed for her. Like a packed lunch! There have also been a couple of occassions where when one of my other Dachshunds is having a poop she is eating it as it comes out. Also she is not fussy if it’s fresh or old poop we pass on the street. She is on a well balanced diet (previous owner fed her rubbish though), and I have tried numerous shop remedys and contacted many people to try and find out something new but the poop eating continues. I have 3 other dachshunds and none of them do it, and I am home 24/7, seriously I am at a loss as to what to do Has anyone got any suggestions!!!!

    • shibashake says

      “Like a packed lunch!”


      What worked well for my dogs is to train them that not eating poop gets them some great rewards but trying to eat poop gets them nothing – not even poop.
      Here is what I tried –
      1. Put my dogs on a fixed eating schedule. This also keeps their pooping schedule a lot more fixed.
      2. During poop time, let all the dogs out but keep poop eater on a leash. Hold the leash.
      3. When other dogs poop, the on-leash dog will likely want to move towards the poop. Non-mark that behavior – Ack, Ack! and use the lead to move the dog away in the opposite direction. Later on this can also be integrated with the Leave-It command.
      4. As soon as the dog stops pulling towards the poop, mark the behavior – Yes!. Then reward the dog with a fun game.
      5. Walk the dog around and repeat steps 3 and 4.
      After a short session move everyone inside and clean up all the poop outside. Make sure to keep sessions short and fun so that everyone will see this as a positive experience.
      In this way the on-leash dog will learn that
      >> move towards poop = get nothing but
      >> move away from poop = get a fun game/treat rewards, etc.

  28. Marcelle says

    She eats her own poop! She turns around and IMMEDIATELY eats her poop. I have tried pineapple juice…have to give ALOT then she gets gas that is terrible.
    I give her tablets now but my fiance forgets and so she starts again. If I miss 1 freaking tablet she goes for it.
    We live on 5acres so it is freaking hard. We don’t have poop laying around because she literally eats it the moment it hits the ground. We yell..we try startling her.
    Does NO dog food company make just the food to avoid this????? UGHHHHHHHHH…disgusting.
    We are starting a family and I don’t want her doing this.

  29. terri says

    our 3 yr ol Maltese we think pooped in the house and then ate it. we think he was trying to eat it so we didn’t see he had an accident. we saw a bit left on rug. One time my husband saw it went to get napkin and it was gone when he got back…
    He never eats it when he poos outside. we are there and won’t let him but he doesn’t really try outside.

    • shibashake says

      Hello Terri,
      It may be easiest to go back to some potty training rules. I just got a new puppy so I am going through a potty training refresher course.

      We were doing well the first couple of days then as soon as I loosened up on the supervision, we got a whole bunch of mistakes. Having a very fixed eating, sleeping, and activity schedule helps a lot. I also set up an enclosure with a blanket, some toys, and puppy pads and puppy goes in there whenever I cannot supervise.

      Let us know how it goes with your Maltese.

  30. aep_upnorth says

    What a great article! I have two labs and one is a poop eater. Not good when he wants to give kisses! Thanks for the ideas to make the poop taste bad, I am going to try that. I think I need to be better about cleaning the yard too-which will get easier now that winter is over. Cute pictures by the way.

  31. Jill Angelo says

    Hi: I have a ten month old Yorkie who occasionally eats her poop. Her groomer told me that if I buy a can of chunk pineapple and give her just one piece a day, she will not eat the poop any more as they won’t like the acid in the pineapple. It made sense to me so I will give it a try. Good luck to anyone else with this problem.

  32. Karen says

    HELP! I have a 5 year old lab. He hasn’t been right in the poo department for about 1 year. He struggles to get it out and walks and walks in circles doing little bits all the time. The vet has tried everything. 1st they said it was his bottom glands and they got the ick out and put him on antibiotics. They they said his prostrate was swollen and they castrated him. They say it’s not swollen (the prostrate) now and has just had a colonoscopy. We get the results tomorrow and are of course they are thinking bowel cancer. They also say he definitely has inflammatory bowel but now in the last week he has taken to eating his poo – within seconds of it coming out! He had his diet changed to a vet brand called advance by the vets request and now have been told to give him rice, veg and chicken with bran flakes on top. Any ideas? I feel so sad for him, I just want him to do a poo and not eat it. Thx

    • shibashake says

      Big HUGS to your Lab. Health problems like this can be very stressful for everyone.
      It sounds like you are already doing all the right things to help him through this. The only other thing I can think of is to perhaps get a second opinion from another vet.

      When my Sibe had issues with her leg, our vet recommended that we go to a specialist who was able to accurately diagnose the issue.

      Hope your Lab feels better soon.

    • Karen says

      Thanks for the reply. Good news is that baxta doesn’t have cancer. He does have severe colitis and is in hospital on cortisone and antibiotics. he is responding and should come home tomorrow for a life of a very strict diet! I will supervise him as best I can but seeing he has such an urgency to go, I just can’t leave him inside overnight as last time we ended up with big messes :( I woke to him trying to clean it up!!!

    • shibashake says

      I am so glad to hear that Baxta is responding well to the colitis treatment. It is good that they have identified the issue, and hopefully, it will clear up soon.

      He is lucky to have such a caring owner. 😀

  33. karen Goad says

    wE HAVE A BIG YARD in a rural area…but the neighbor feeds wild cats AND racoons.
    Our Springer (1-1/2 yr. old) runs free in our BIG yard..and into the woods and all…(also watching the deer poop!)..
    but she runs to the neighbors and eats cat poop!
    Euuuu ! Help!!! What can I do?

    • shibashake says

      What worked best for my dog’s poop eating habit is supervision. In the short term I had to limit my dog’s freedom and only let her out in poop areas during walks where I am right there with her. In this way I can consistently correct her every time she tries to eat poop. I non-mark her when it looks like she is going to eat the stuff, and if she actually eats it, I end the walk and she has to come home where it is a lot more boring.

      In this way she learns that eat poop = don’t get to be outside.

      During training we can also fence off a smaller portion of our yard and make sure it is poop free. In this way, our can play around in there in addition to the supervised walks.

  34. frankies mom says

    OMG……my dog Frankie (roti-lab cross and 8 months old) came home last week (we live in the country…farms etc.) and within 2 hours, he tried to stand but couldn’t, his back legs would not hold him….became very lathargic so rushed him to the vet…….long story short, the Vet induced vomiting and he threw up at least 5 lbs of horse poop! By the next day, he was better………vet gave him an antibiotic shot and pills for a week….now, how do I stop him from eating horse poop (I think he eats our other dog’s poop too!)???????? The vet said something like he lacks vitamin B (or is it vitamin B1?)………….

    • shibashake says

      As I understand it, it is vitamin B1. Your vet can probably provide the best advice on how to supplement Frankie’s diet with B1 goodness.

  35. gizmo says


    • shibashake says

      Hello Gizmo,
      One thing that really helped a lot with my dogs is to put them on a very fixed eating schedule. If they eat at fixed times, we can better predict when they need to go poop.

      During poop time, I only let the dogs out one at a time. Then I can clean up the poop before letting the next one out.

  36. Erika says

    My dog, Hank, is almost 5 1/2. He never ate poop, just rolled in it- I live in a somewhat rural area, lots of woodland, so who knows what kind of poop it is. Right around the time he was to turn 5, he began eating his own poop. I won’t let him lick me or come close to me with that ucky mouth. I feel bad. I asked the vet what to do, and they recommended the meat tenderizer. I did that for about three weeks, there were lots of landmines out there that did not have the tenderizer in it, so I could not tell if it was working. I thought for a hot minute that it did work, he would sniff the stool then pass it up. But, he is back to eating it- more hard core than before. He’s a machine! Hank has even reared up and growled at my husband over poop. This is not like him to behave that way. He eats IAMS, so I do not know why he is doing it. I am at a loss. The vet is talking about doing some bloodwork on him… I’m concerned that this is going to get expensive. What can I do?

    • shibashake says

      What worked best for my Siberian is very close supervision. I would keep her inside the house and whenever she is outside I would be right there with her to supervise. In this way, she never gets any free poop. If she manages to get one before I can stop her, she loses her pass to be outside and has to come in.
      During her poop eating phase, I also put her on a very fixed feeding schedule – so she had a very consistent poop routine. This helps a lot because I can scoop it up as soon as it is produced.

      On a side note, many well-known kibble brands contain a lot of grains including corn and wheat that are not very digestible by dogs. In addition, some dogs may also be allergic to them. My Shiba is allergic to wheat and my Siberian is allergic to oats. I now use Innova EVO which is a grain-free kibble.
      This article has more on finding the right kibble –

  37. Luke says

    My dog eats my cat’s poop. I have two dogs and a cat, he leaves his own and the other dog’s poop alone and eats my cat’s poop. It’s horrible, my cat is only 8 weeks old and whenever I come downstairs I only see the mark where the poop was before it was eaten. I don’t know what to do about it, I tryed swapping his food for a better quality one.

  38. mariah says

    hi, can someone please help? my dog is now 1 and a half she has been eating poop since she was eight months ive always try to train her not to but nothing works shes an outside dog now ( i really dont think that helps ) and cant come inside until she stops please help!

  39. patriciaashby7911 says


    • shibashake says

      Hello Patricia,
      Yeah definitely let us know how things go with your puppy. Each dog is different so it is always great to share dog experiences and learn from each other. 😀
      Big hugs to your new puppy.

  40. Jobst says

    I got a boxer pup about a month ago, and he is now 3 months old. In the past week, I believe he has eaten his poop 3 times now. He does it while I am at work during the day and he is in his crate. Awesome hub shibashake. Not only did I read the hub, but also comments and your responses. I definitely learned a couple new techniques. The meat tenderizer is one I wasnt aware of, so is the canned pumpkin. I will give them a shot. I make sure he poos everynight before bed, and every morning before I go to work. I really dont know what hes pooping out. Thanks for all the great info!

  41. Stephanie says

    I have a 9 month old puppy (Mocha) who started eating my other dog Bella’s poop. Mocha has been doing this off and on for about 3 months. I thought it was because I was feeding Bella a different type of food. I started feeding them the same food but it didn’t work. Mocha won’t eat poop in front of me, she’ll look back to see if I’m watching and then walk away. Then last night I discovered she started night snacking. She gets walked everyday, she has toys, I play with her, I’ve done leave it with the poo, I switched her food, I brush her teeth right after she eats it, nothing is working. To top it off, she is a huge face licker. Please help.

    • shibashake says

      Hello Stephanie,
      The two things that worked well for my Siberian –
      1. Clean up poop often. In the beginning when I was starting to train her not to eat poop, I made sure to do more poop picking runs so that there is no temptation for her. Nowadays, I don’t need to do it as often because she has learned that she is not supposed to eat the stuff.
      2. Consequences to eating poop. This is tougher because you must catch them in the act, and Mocha has figured out that he can do it as long as you are not watching. There are several possibilities. With my Sibe puppy, she usually was more interested in cat poop or outside poop, and I was always around to supervise, so after I ended the walk a few times, she stopped eating the stuff.
      You just need to catch them red handed a few times, then they realize they can’t get away with it – and you are watching even when they think you are not :)
      Another possibility is to use sound aversion methods in the form of pressure pads that emit sound when stepped on.

    • shibashake says

      Hello Karen,
      I found out that they are more commonly called scat pads. When stepped on, these pads either emit a sound or some can deliver an electric shock to the dog.

      I would only use it on sound mode because shock aversion training is risky and studies show that they can result in increased aggression.

      Scat pads are used to keep dogs away from certain areas – e.g. kitchen counters, trash, etc. With poop eating, you can set them up around a test poop area, and when dog steps on the pad to get to the poop, the sound will startle him. This will hopefully discourage him from going back for more.

      Of course while doing this you must also make sure that there are no other piles of poop around. Also, some dogs may not be affected by sound aversion.

    • Karen says

      Thanks very much for your answere. I think I will try other training methods first. I am giving him positive reinforcemnt for leaving his poop alone. He will wait and go back for it later….and lick the ground where it was.Thanks again, Karen

  42. Nancy says

    I, too, have been struggling with this for a full year but recently found a solution by changing the diet of my dog, adding canned food to her regular dinner. It makes the poop too soft. She can no longer pick it up and has lost interest in this activity. I plan to keep her on this diet for months and phase it out slowly to see if she is really cured. If not, we’ll just keep with the canned food.

  43. Bella says

    My dog Bella is a dog that is paper trained and I could occasionally find that she ate her own poop. I tried meat tenderizer and the products you can buy to put on their food to stop it. Nothing seems to work. Then I decided to leave the poop on the paper and spray it with Bitter Apple, the same product you spray on shoes or furniture so a dog doesn’t chew. It Worked! When she went to eat her poop she found out she didn’t like it and we never had a problem again. Hope it works for you too.

    • Bella says

      I wrote before telling you how I used a spray to spray on the poop and our dog left it alone because she didn’t like the taste. You can also use Vinegar mixed with water for the bitter taste. Another thing we found was that we give a lot of praises when we find poop on her pads (she is an indoor dog). She loves the praises. That will inforced her to leave it there. Hope this helps.

  44. Otoole says

    My dog never eats her poop outdoors. She only eats it when she is unsupervised or inside our home. I have given her tablets that help for a while and then, she goes right back to it. HELP ME! This is a disgusting habit!

  45. aleksandra says

    my dog is eating her own poop she dosnt want to eat her proper meal but i dont have a problem with her eatin d i learn her to eat he meal from her bowl without me feeding her with a fork. please help

  46. cheryle says

    my neighbor claims his dog eats my cat’s poop and has gotten worms from it – i know my cats do not have worms – is it possible for the dog to get worms from a clean cat? somebody please answer as this neighbor has had 3 of my 5 cats taken to the pound

    • shibashake says

      Hello cheryle,
      A vet can probably give you the best answer.
      As far as I know, only a cat with worms can pass them on in his stool. One thing you can do is take your cat’s stool to your vet and have it examined, and if it is clear, then you have medical proof that the dog got it from somewhere else.
      This article explains the different types of worms and how dogs can get infected –

  47. Filthma says

    wow…. i just looked up poo and this i find… i never knew dogs would eat poo. i’ve never seen it (thank god) i don’t really want to either.

    • shibashake says

      Hello Caron,
      Poop from any animal may cause digestive and other issues in dogs depending on the health of the animal that pooped. That is why it is generally best to break a dog of the habit of poop eating.
      It is probably best to consult with your vet if you dog is vomiting and not feeling well. Hugs to Yorkie and hope he feels better soon.

  48. Family Guy says

    I was just in the garden when a friend walked in with his two dogs. One of them just ate dog poo and cat poo in the garden. It made me feel sick aha. I’ll have to send him to this page for tips. Thank you in particular for the how to on the ‘leave-it’ command.

  49. Hopps says

    OK anyone ever heard of a dog eating another dogs poop as the other dog is pooping. Caught the puppy on more then one occasion trying to eat our other female adult dogs poop as it comes out. If we are out there the puppy knows the leave it command and is obedient but the problem is we are not always out there with them when we let them out. They are not outside dogs and are usually only out for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. I realized though that this has to be the reason the puppy comes in smelling like poop in her face. It is really gross, not to mention unhealthy for the dogs! Any suggestions?!

    • shibashake says

      Hello Hopps,
      Eating poop is natural behavior for dogs, so it is necessary for us to teach them that not eating poop is a more rewarding behavior.

      For my Siberian Husky – supervision and consistency were key to breaking her poop eating habit. I was always there to supervise and made sure she didn’t eat the stuff. She would get rewarded for not eating poop, and if she did eat poop she would be marched straight home or brought right into the house. She likes being outside – especially for walks – so that is a big downer for her and is very effective at stopping the poop eating habit.

      If we cannot supervise, consider only letting one dog out at a time, and picking up the poop before letting the other dog out. In this way, the puppy will not be practicing the behavior and it will not become a habit.

  50. Peach says

    Has anyone tried the suggestions of feeding some pumpkin or a little MSG which is supposed to make the poop UN attractive smelling?
    I have 2 English Cockers. One is on chemo drugs (doing well) but, the other has started to eat the chemo-dog poop.
    I got the pills from the pet store and am feeding them to the chemo dog – hoping his poop will no longer be attractive. No real change yet.
    Also…the dog that is eating the poop THEN goes and eats a pinecone. Since it’s winter, and no grass, I think he’s doing that to make himself throw up – – which he does. It’s a real cycle…eat brother’s poop, eat pinecone, throw up.

  51. centerkidgamermom says

    Our purebred German Shepherd Bexx has started to be a poo eater. He gets a very nutritious kibble made for large breed adult dogs, so my feelings are it’s stress-related. He recently became our boy when his previous owner was shipped out to Afghanistan & wanted to place him with a good home (that’s us!) We love him to death, but the poop thing is definitely gross. And it isn’t just his own…he chooses one out of the catbox if he gets there before I can scoop it as if he’s selecting a sausage (ugh). We think it is probably likely a combination of seperation anxiety and need for more stimulation. My husband and I take care of his walkies to do his business (and police the eating!) but we have recently told our 18 year old daughter that she wanted him too and has to step up. Our 11 year old goes down after dinner (he sleeps downstairs with my husband & I) faithfully to play with him. But he’s a big boy and he only just turned 2….he has a LOT of energy, and I think he needs more stimulation and exercise. So the older daughter will now be taking him out each day (Unless it’s really horrible weather) for 30 minutes to an hour….not to toilet him but to PLAY with him. We’ll keep you posted on how it turns out!

    • shibashake says

      “So the older daughter will now be taking him out each day”

      That sounds like a really good plan. Walking and playing are also great ways to bond with the dog.

      Interactive food toys are also very helpful in keeping my dogs engaged. I don’t give them any food in a bowl, instead, I put all their food in toys so they have to work for it. 😀

      And a big Kudos to you for helping Bexx out and supporting our troops at the same time! Woof! Woof!

  52. okdb says

    My English Cocker Spaniel puppy (now 3 1/2 months old) tends to be a pooper scooper herself ;-((
    It has happened that I scold her (not too much to traumatize her forever..!) so may be she’s cleaning up the evidence. I was told the other day by another dog owner that one shouldn’t clean up poo or pee in front of the dog, as they may consider this luxury to be able to do their thing and then have it cleaned up after them; or because they think they need to do the same if you’re not around.
    I have 2 kids, but having a puppy defintely has its challenges as well! We love our little Rusty girl and we persevere so that she won’t be a pooper and a poop eater her whole life!!
    Good luck to all and have fun with your dog!

    • shibashake says

      “I was told the other day by another dog owner that one shouldn’t clean up poo or pee in front of the dog”

      That is indeed very good advice. When accidents happened during potty training, I would lead my dog out to the backyard, and then come back inside to clean up the stuff.

      One very important thing during potty training is to reward the dog for doing the right thing. When they make mistakes in the house, I would calmly non-mark them (ack-ack) then take them outside.

      When they go outside, I praise them very well and reward them with treats and a fun game. In this way they learn that it is going *inside the house* that is undesirable and that pooping outside is fine and a very good and rewarding thing.

      Thanks for dropping by. Your dog sounds adorable and I am sure she will quickly learn what to do.

  53. QSuz says

    Ellie ( 2yr old rat terrier (terror) loves other dogs poop!! It is her most disgusting habit. I have tried the rx meds, given to both my dogs, but it didn’t turn her off at all. Have tried pineapple, pumpkin, meat tenderizer, hot sauce….nothing helps. Just have to be meticulous about the yard. I love to take them to dog parks, but hate that other people do not pick up after their dogs. I spend most of my time there chasing Ellie. I have been dubbed “the poop police”. Too bad people don’t just follow the rules and clean up after their dog!!

    • shibashake says

      “Too bad people don’t just follow the rules and clean up after their dog!!”

      I really agree with you there. I used to take my dogs to enclosed parks as well, and many people there were the same way. They would also get angry at me when I tried to tell them that their dog just pooped :-/
      Nowadays I just go to the larger hiking parks. There is still poop there but it is easier to avoid because there is a lower density of dogs.

      When I walk Shania in the neighborhood – she will sometimes try to sneak a few poops in when she thinks I am not looking – so I started watching her like a hawk and every time she did, I just walked her quickly home, while ignoring her. She has been poop free for a couple of months now :) Fingers crossed.
      Hugs and kisses to Ellie.

    • QSuz says

      Thanks, Shibashake. I have 2 dogs…Ellie and Sadie…They are great! Ellie is the only one with this issue. And they LOVE the off leash parks because they get to “play” with other friends. It’s a win-win…except for the poop thing. It is sad, too, because the county parks here supply all the clean up bags. People just don’t get it. Maybe Ellie is just trying to assist with the clean up. BLEH!

    • shibashake says

      “Maybe Ellie is just trying to assist with the clean up.”

      Actually there may be a lot of truth in that :) When mother wolves are nursing their young in the den they will often eat up feces and such from their young to keep their den clean. Mother dogs will do that too if they need to.
      You should recruit other dog owners to help do poop patrol. If you can get official like looking t-shirts, you can probably scare people into picking up after their dogs.

      There was this one park that I went to that had a team of volunteers doing this and it was an extremely clean park. Whenever people saw their bright-yellow shirts around, they would get a lot more diligent about picking up dog poop – lol.

    • kblover says

      I found an advantage to Wally’s poop fetish.
      He finds it so I can avoid stepping on it. So at least I don’t have a “surprise” stuck to my shoe. Last time that happened, he kept sniffing my shoes the whole time.
      Maybe I can make this his “job” – some dogs hunt game or flush out birds. Mine gets to be a poop stalker. Er…yeah.
      Suppose it would be possible, but again, it’s the every-once-in-a-while that really hurts.
      You ever find a poop-laden field? Maybe I should ask for people to leave their poop in a box so I can collect it. I imagine THAT would get some strange looks LOL

    • QSuz says

      Shiba..Ignorning the last comment. That is really disgusting. Sure this person is just not a serious dog lover! I know I have talked to other dog owners about holding people accountable for their clean up and it seems to be catching on. I do intend to put an editorial in the paper…we are a very small town and have 3 off-leash dog parks that are county owned in close proximity. People do not realize what a gift it is to have access to these. All they ask is that 1.) Your dogs shots are current 2.) You pay the $20 annual membership fee (for bags and such) and 3.) You clean up after your dog. I worry that the owners that do not follow #3 are surely not following 1&2. It is on the honor system, so it becomes the members responsibility to be the police. It is hard, because the park is all about the dogs…but have to reinforce their dogs are NOT safe with ill-maintained pets. I guess most do not appreciate what a gift a nice off leash park is.

    • kblover says

      Heh – well if you mean my comment – I hardly think I’m NOT a serious dog lover.
      In fact – if I had the poop in a box, I’d lay it around, then train Wally to “leave it!” about 100 times – like I did with food off the kitchen floor.
      It was a joke on how I could get consistency with training the leave it behavior with poop.
      And he actually does find it. He’ll be sniffing around and come up on it. Of course, I don’t let him eat it, but I’d like him to not even TRY to eat it. Just bark at it or something.

    • shibashake says

      “I guess most do not appreciate what a gift a nice off leash park is.”

      Yeah I agree. Most won’t realize it until it is gone. Sadly it is human nature to be need driven and to ignore all the rest. That is why most of the time the only training that most dog owners are willing to do is potty training :)

      Btw. KB was just kidding. He is a silly fellow but he knows a lot about dogs. 😀 If you have some time, check out some of his dog articles – they contain a lot of good information, are funny, and really shows a lot of heart.

    • shibashake says

      lol KB – you are such a trouble maker. 😀

      Actually I like that poop training. I have been thinking of teaching that to my Shiba. He is a very clean dog and never shows any interest in eating dog poop, but sometimes he will sniff out my other dog’s poop in the backyard which helps me significantly in the collection department. He is very lazy though, so he will only do it very occasionally.
      This also reminds me of the training they do with drug sniffing dogs. Would be a fun training exercise!

      Glad to see you are back KB. I am actually going to reduce my HP time in the coming weeks. Going to spruce up my home website and start moving my articles over. I am more than a bit peeved over the whole second Hub Challenge thing :-/ But it has taught me some really important lessons.

    • kblover says

      LOL well I’m like a dog who’s bored. I’ve gotta get into something! 😀 Since I can’t dig holes – I make crazy comments.
      I was laughing (thank goodness no one was around) earlier because Wally stopped in his tracks, sniffed around, and found some poop that was buried under some wood chips (they are brand new so it’s probably a beacon for every dog to claim the “new territory” that just appeared.) Thing is, it’s under playground equipment. I praised him for finding it, then told him leave it – praised him for running like 8 feet from it (dramatic dog, I tell you he’s a diva LOL) and picked it up.
      I gave it one more try with the latest EADT – but I think I just got my confirmation. Pretty much a token pat on the head and be on your way now doggie!
      Fewest visits yet – just now in double digits so…yeah. I read that hub you wrote on the hub challenge.
      Anyway, I’d like to see your site when it’s spruced :) Can I search “shibashake” on the automagical googling device, or will that just show me 1000 pictures of Shiba Inus? :)
      Speaking of which, there was a stray one a few days ago. Took everything in my power not to pick her up and take her. So adorable :)

    • QSuz says

      Sorry I took offense. Your comment was something my sister would post late at night when she cannot sleep, and wants to mess with someone!! I spent a lot of money on training for my cocker..obedience and agility. She minds pretty well…when she wants to. Ellie is just playful. If she grabs a “jewel”, it becomes a game of keep away. I am determined…I will perservere!! Ellie will not win this poop war!! I did put my comments about people cleaning up after their dogs at the park in the paper. We will see what happens. I am sure that most will take the “take what you want and leave the rest” approach, and turn on their selective listening skills. What can I say….we are flawed, at best. Have a blessed day!!

    • shibashake says

      “Since I can’t dig holes – I make crazy comments. “

      LOL! Yeah I am not much into digging holes either.

      “Anyway, I’d like to see your site when it’s spruced :) Can I search “shibashake” on the automagical googling device”

      LOL you are too funny! Actually I am doing mostly backend functionality stuff so there won’t be much visible interface changes.

      Things I am working on – (1) Comment areas for my articles (just finished YAY!) (2) Transfer my HubPages comments over when I move my articles – (starting work), and (3) Some polling capabilities. It is a fun programming project and will give me lots of new things to write about as well as keep me away from digging holes 😉

    • shibashake says

      “I did put my comments about people cleaning up after their dogs at the park in the paper.”

      I think that is a great positive step!
      People are just bad about pickup – even in my neighborhood, people leave it all over the place. Sometimes there is a whole trail on the sidewalk – UGH!

      I was toying with the idea of placing some wireless cameras outside my house to detect who these people are. Then I will just post their pictures up in the neighborhood – lol. A few posters and I think people will shape up really quickly.

      “Ellie will not win this poop war!!”

      LOL – I’m putting my money on you 😀

    • kblover says

      “I was toying with the idea of placing some wireless cameras outside my house to detect who these people are. Then I will just post their pictures up in the neighborhood – lol. A few posters and I think people will shape up really quickly.”

      Especially if you put POOP FIEND as the title on the top, their picture and the “evidence” in the middle and on the bottom say:
      Beware, if you see this POOP FIEND approach with his (or her as the case may be) dog or dogs, watch where you step or better yet, shoo them along to the next neighborhood.
      Heck, create a website. There’s a “registry” for everything else – you could create a poop fiend registry. Could turn into a nationwide database of poop leaving fiends.
      Could call it “” or “”
      And since you’ll have a camera – you could even post vids of the fiends caught in the act.

    • QSuz says

      I love the camera idea. Most of the people in my neighborhood are avid bag carriers. Makes me proud. We don’t have a lot of rule breakers here. It is just in the places where my girls can stretch their legs and run free. I guess every good things comes with a price. Maybe I should just start snapping people’s pics at the park and posting, there. Caption: “Step in something?? Let this person know how you feel about that!” or maybe “Things piling up around here? Thank this person!” Perhaps I have become just a little too obsessed with this issue. What can I say…I guess I am just always amazed at how people who claim to be avid dog lovers do not have any respect for other people, their property and their dogs…I mean…really…isn’t this really what the bottom line is.

    • kblover says

      Yeah, I mean when I saw (well when Wally found) that poop near the playground equipment, that was like “WTF?” Why would anyone even let their dog GO there? I call Wally off places I don’t want him to poop even off-leash. Goodness.
      And the trash can was, literally, a foot away from where it was left.
      I found some trash (also by the playground *sigh*) to pick up the poop with. Wally was sniffing it like he knew it was about to be thrown out. It was like “let me at least sniff what it could have tasted like”. So I let him get a good sniff and then threw it out.
      Of course, as much I can understand the angst over left-behind poop, it’s causing Wally and I problems because they assume it was Wally. I walk him 3-5 times a day so they see us a LOT and some think “Well it has to be him, I see him all the time.” I almost made a sign to put around him saying “I don’t know what poop you’re talking about, but it wasn’t me! My master picks up my poop!)
      Wally even got injured once because I was training him to jump over a log and some guy basically assaulted me with “evidence” of my dog pooping and leaving it behind. It was some big nasty pile that a 10 lb dog can’t possibly make. I was so mad I picked Wally up, show the guy his butt and said “You tell me. Could something that big and huge come out of a butt this little?” The guy slinked off in shame.
      So yeah, the cameras would be great.

    • shibashake says

      “I am just always amazed at how people who claim to be avid dog lovers do not have any respect for other people, their property and their dogs…I mean…really…isn’t this really what the bottom line is”

      Agree with you 100%. People are just lazy and will try to get away with whatever they can get away with. I know there are some people who will only pick-up if they see other people around. One time someone told me that they usually take their dogs behind cars and such to poop so that they don’t have to pick up afterwards.

      “I walk him 3-5 times a day so they see us a LOT and some think “Well it has to be him, I see him all the time.””

      You know, I bet many of my neighbors think the same thing about me – lol. One time I just moved off the sidewalk to make way for this lady who was coming at me with 2 small kids, and a baby in a stroller. She started shouting at me for moving into her lawn. Jeez. I calmly explained to her that I was making way for her and she apologized to me afterwards.

      It is really too bad with these poop fiends. They give everyone with dogs a bad name.

  54. kblover says

    Wally is wierd. He won’t eat his own poop. He hardly gives it another sniff (he kinda “points” at it like he’s saying – Here it is!)
    But another dog’s poop? Just tonight I had to get him off another dogs poop. The “fresher” it is, the more attracting it is to him, and it smelled…”fresh”.
    I almost wish I could walk through a poop-laden field and then I’d have opportunities to really train him off it. But when we stumble across it once in a while – it’s hard to get consistency. It would be MUCH easier if it were his own poop that interested him.

    • shibashake says

      lol kb – that is a good point.
      You could take him to some hiking dog parks. There is usually a lot of poop around, in the ones that I go to :) I just go early in the morning so that there aren’t too many other dogs around.
      My dogs don’t really like dog poop – cat poop on the other hand they love. Also goat, horse, and of course bird.
      lol – so many bad habits, and yet we love them 😀

  55. diann, elkgrove says

    my coco oh how I love her’ but”’ I don’t know how to make her stop eating poo”’ I have two other yorkie’s females, and one boxer, female,,, then came my coco’, from the breeders home is were I feel she picked up this yuk habbit”’ my other sweetie pies do not do this’ I have tryed all the obove way’s, but nothing has helped. does any one have any tip’s?,,,

    • shibashake says

      Hi Diann, Poop eating can easily become a habit if a dog gets to do it without any human supervision. That may have been the case at her breeder’s place. It is however, always possible to break a dog of a habit, but that will take more time and repetition. Because it is now an ingrained habit, supervision is very important, similar to potty training.

      Just like potty training, I would take my dog out when she needs to do her business, wait until she does it, praise her for doing it, and then praise and treat her for doing successful leave-it commands. I hold the lead so that I can stop her from eating the poop if need be. When I cannot supervise, then I crate her.

      We can also do leave-it command training sessions by carefully setting up the environment. For example, I put a lead on my dog and walk her to some poop which I have placed as bait. When I get close, I give her the leave-it command. I treat and praise as soon as she leaves it on her own (i.e. she turns away from the poop on her own). This is important because if I pull her away, she will not understand what she is getting treated for and what behavior I want from her. As she gets better at this I can let her get closer and closer to the poop. I use very high priority treats, especially initially. I only give her those special treats doing leave-it training sessions.

      During the training period, it is important to prevent her from eating any poop so that she does not continue practicing the habit. With consistency, my dog learned that poop eating is an undesirable behavior, and not doing it gets her better stuff.

  56. Rochelle Frank says

    We live in a rural area. Lots of people walk their dogs along the country roads. My pup is interested in sampling cat– or other critter poop. She pees on other dog’s poop, and ignores her own.

    • shibashake says

      lol – my pups love cat and grass flavored poop. I am trying to break them of that habit. I usually let them smell, but when it looks like the are a bit too interested, I tell them to “leave it”. Most of the time they are pretty good; but sometimes they will try to sneak one in. I end the walk and march them home when they do that.
      Thanks for dropping by Rochelle.

  57. Iphigenia says

    My dog did this as a puppy (her own poop) – the vet said that it was stress-related as she adapted to her new home. He prescribed a small dollop of margerine with her meals for a coule of weeks. Somehow that worked. She’s never eaten it since and she’s now 12.
    Good advice here.

    • shibashake says

      That is really interesting. Was the margarine used to enhance the taste of her food? or did it contain something to help with stress and digestion? I briefly looked up margarine and it seems that the fatty acids may help to carry certain vitamins.  Interesting stuff, thanks for sharing. 

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