Why does my dog eat its feces?
There are numerous reasons why dogs eat their feces. The medical term for the act is called coprophagy. Reasons can include:
A dog is ashamed for defecating and eats it to “hide the evidence”.
A dog is bored and knows eating fecal matter gets an owner’s attention, which is what they’re really after.
The dog is not getting full nutritional value from their food, and feces contain undigested food that the dog finds appetizing.
How to get your pet to stop:
Add enzyme supplements to their diet, or purchase a higher grade dog food to promote digestion and prevent feces from containing “appetizing”, undigested portions.
Add pumpkin, spinach, or pineapple to the dog’s diet. These foods are believed to taste horrible the second time around. • Clean up after your dog on a daily basis, limiting their access to pet waste.
Cover the fecal matter with a repulsive substance such as Tobasco sauce or cayenne pepper.