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
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.