Coprophagia in Dogs - Lambert Vet Supply

Eliminating coprophagia from your dog’s behavioral repertoire is easy in theory, but for many people, not in practice. You have to be willing to focus time and energy on managing your dog so they are given as little opportunity as possible to practice this behavior. If you have a small dog who is pad trained, then you need to consider that allowing your dog to eliminate in private (i.e. on a pad when you aren’t near) will have to cease, at least until the dog has had plenty of time to forgo the habit. That means taking them to the pads and supervising potty time so you can clean up promptly after they eliminate. If your dog is spending time unsupervised in a yard, then it means planning your day so you can be there to supervise yard play time and quickly clean up waste out of your dog’s view before he or she can ingest it.

As gross as stool eating (aka coprophagia) is to humans, it’s actually a common habit of many dogs.

Sometimes coprophagia and pica may be found in dogs with polyphagia (overeating disorders). Extended therapeutic success depends on properly identifying the primary disorder and following a consistent course of treatment for the animal.

Coprophagia: Why Dogs Eat Poop - Raising Spot

To shed some light on this strange behavior we will be looking at Coprophagia in dogs more closely. But, there are actually several reasons why some dogs eat feces. This guide will help you learn more about coprophagia (the scientific name for the habit), and what you can do to help prevent it in your dog.

COPROPHAGIA IN DOGS, Dr - Auburn Animal Hospital

Coprophagia is the relatively common dog behavior of eating feces. Most often, they consume their own excrement, but they can also eat the poop of other dogs or eat cat feces right out of the litter box.

Dog Owners Guide To Coprophagia In Dogs (Poop Eating)


1) In the short-term, if a dog is eating its own feces, coprophagia is both anormal and common canine behavior, and a harmless one. If the dog is ingestingthe feces of other dogs or animals, it may run the risk of picking up a parasiteor virus from the "donor." However, if the coprophagia is occurringamong your own animals, there is little danger as long as you are keeping themhealthy and providing the necessary vaccinations and heart worm medication. (Theone exception may be young puppies that have not yet gained full immunity fromparvo through vaccinations.) In the majority of cases, the behavior eventuallystops on its own after a number of weeks or months. It is most commonly seen inpups between 4-9 months of age, who will most often outgrow the behavior withoutintervention. As a matter of fact, with dogs of all ages, early intervention ofany kind is more likely to increase and sustain the behavior than eliminate it! B) DO NOT, as others have said, react to your dog's coprophagia in any way--no yelling, no correcting. As with any emitted behavior in clicker training, we want to ignore unwanted behaviors.