How to Stop a Dog From Eating Poop

Coprophagia, or the act of eating poop, is a common behavior among dogs. While this behavior may seem disgusting to us, it is important to understand that it is a natural behavior for dogs. However, if left unchecked, coprophagia can lead to health issues and behavioral problems. In this blog post, we will discuss some ways to stop your dog from eating poop. Check out our other post to learn why do dogs eat poop, to help give more context on the issue.

Keep Your Dog’s Environment Clean

One of the best ways to stop your dog from eating poop is to keep their environment clean. Make sure to pick up after your dog immediately after they go to the bathroom. Additionally, if you have multiple dogs, make sure to supervise them while they are outside to prevent them from eating each other’s poop.

Provide Your Dog With Proper Nutrition

Make sure that your dog is getting a well-balanced diet that meets their nutritional needs. According to Preventive Vet, dogs that are deficient in certain nutrients may be more likely to eat poop. Consider switching to a high-quality dog food that meets your dog’s dietary needs.

Teach Your Dog the “Leave It” Command

Teaching your dog the “leave it” command can help stop them from eating poop. This command can also be used in other situations, such as when your dog tries to eat something harmful or dangerous. To teach your dog the “leave it” command, start by placing a treat in your hand and covering it with your thumb. When your dog sniffs or licks your hand, say “leave it” and wait until your dog stops trying to get the treat. Then, reward your dog with a different treat.

Provide Your Dog With Mental Stimulation

Dogs that are bored or under-stimulated may turn to coprophagia as a way to entertain themselves. Providing your dog with mental stimulation, such as puzzle toys or training exercises, can help prevent this behavior.

Consider Using a Deterrent

There are several products on the market that are designed to deter dogs from eating poop. These products typically contain a bitter-tasting substance that makes the poop unappetizing to dogs. However, it is important to note that these products may not be effective for all dogs.

In conclusion, stopping your dog from eating poop requires patience and consistency. By keeping your dog’s environment clean, providing them with proper nutrition, teaching them the “leave it” command, providing them with mental stimulation, and using a deterrent, you can help break this behavior. If you have tried these methods and your dog continues to eat poop, it may be a sign of an underlying health issue, and you should consult with your veterinarian.