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Does Your Labrador Snack on His Poo?

OK it sounds funny… but really!  We’ve had people ask in the past about their labs eating their own poop in the yard. We recently saw quite the funniest post from “It’s A Lab Thing” (http://www.itsalabthing.com/deer-labby-my-labrador-eats-poop), in which they very comically referred to these treats as “yard brownies” lol!  Love that…

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OK, OK, all humor aside… This is most typically a behavioral thing that they will grow out of, but it can also be a sign of a nutritional deficiency.  If you’re concerned that this is a possibility, you can try the food that we recommend Life’s Abundance dog food, especially the “Grain Free All Life Stages”. Click here to order!

If it is simply a behavioral thing, there are options!  I would look into different “No lick” products which you simply spray on the poo to deter them from eating it! (of course you’d wish the fact that it was poo would deter them enough!)

Have you ever found this to be a problem in your labs???

 

 

 

10 Comments

  1. When my labs started using their poo for treats, my vet recommended by the meat tenderizer “Accent”. Sprinkle a little on their food, they love the taste of it, problem is when it comes out the other end they can’t stand the smell of it so they won’t eat it. I tried it and believe me, it’s a cheap inexpensive way to help the problem. They won’t touch their poop.

  2. This condition actually has a medical name – Coprophagia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coprophagia). Generally, the reasons for coprophagia are pretty straight forward, and almost always lead right back to diet – although there are instinctual reasons as well.

    Instinctively, your dog will eat poop because all dogs come down from wolves or wild dogs. In the wild, a carnivore’s can only get fiber from one of three sources – eating grass, the innards of a kill (that wonderful pre-poop stuff in the guts), or eating poop. Since most carnivores dine exclusively on herbivores, and fiber doesn’t completely digest, fecal matter is a fiber (and nutrient) rich snack. It will also aid in disguising the carnivore’s distinct smell, making prey less likely to notice the carnivore when on the hunt. Puppies also receive a large load of beneficial bacteria from eating fecal matter – as well as from eating what mom regurgitates for them. (That’s one of the reasons it’s incredibly important to have your dog on a good probiotic.) The best way to deter this behavior is by preventing it. Keeping a clean yard simply means your dog never comes in contact with the offending snack, and ergo never develops a taste for it. If your dog is faster than you are, the best product to feed is a coprophagia deterrent (many dog supplement companies offer one). It comes in pill form, which can be fed with a bit of lunch meat (my favorite way is to make wet-food ‘meatballs’ to encase the pill with – works every time). They taste fine going in, but digest into something that is pretty nasty when it comes out the other end.

    If your dog is snacking through a coprophagia deterrent, look at their dog food. Any corn based food comes out the other end tasting pretty sweet. I liken the offal produced by dogs on Purina, Pedigree, Beneful, Old Roy and other low-end dog foods to being like doggie-chocolate. An offender can also be found in high-end dog foods – any food that gets their fiber from beet pulp (I’m lookin’ at you, Blue Buffalo) also comes out sweet. The reason being is that corn (and beet pulp) don’t digest fully. All of the sugars come out pretty much intact – and who doesn’t like sugar? Even though it isn’t appealing to you, your dog thinks it’s a snack that’s right up there with cake. (I liken dog poop produced by dogs on these brands of food to a kind of doggie chocolate.) A good, balanced dog food free of corn, wheat and soy – with a whole animal protein FIRST in the ingredients (IE, chicken vs. chicken meal) – is always the best thing to feed your best friend – especially when you are feeding puppies, as foods like Puppy Chow will only ramp your new buddy up on extra sugars and shorten their attention span.

    Even if it’s recommended by a vet, take care to ONLY use products that have been developed by veterinary nutritionists for the specific reason of curing coprophagia. I put a lot of emphasis on that “nutritionist” part, because veterinary nutrition is an extra four year degree – the average vet only receives five classroom hours of nutrition when they get their DVM. Many products intended for humans may be harmful to your dog in the long run, and you should always stay away from products containing salts and MSG.

    Also, kind of a P.S. regarding the myth that a dog only eats grass when their stomach is upset – this is untrue. I have seen dogs on completely balanced diets, who were 100% healthy, graze regularly on grass. Some dogs seem to enjoy the taste. Grass is simply a “green” source of fiber for your dogs, and so long as the grass they’re munching on hasn’t been treated within the past year with pesticides or herbicides, there’s nothing wrong with letting them graze to their heart’s content. If your dog is consistently eating grass and then throwing up, that is a completely different issue which should be checked into by your veterinarian. 🙂

  3. also remember, dogs eat poop when they are bored…get another pet!
    some eat poop as a submissive thing (its a pack thing) I’ve noticed a dog do it around one dog, then change it to another yard and they stop!!

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  5. My 7 y/o lab started eating her poop about 3 years ago, but only in the winter!! We call them poopsicles. No matter what we have tried, we cannot stop her from doing this!! She only eats her own! Disgusting! Who wants a kiss after that?

  6. Rather than walking behind your pup and sprinkling or spraying anything on his poop, why not just pick it up and dispose of it?

  7. my pup just started doing this a couple days ago! She is a year old, has another dog outside that she plays with, and I feed her the BARF world lamb paddies. I am guessing I should just spray the poop with the no lick products?

  8. We’ve tried everything to get our dog to stop eating the other dogs poop. He was even overweight because of it. We finally put him on vet prescribed food and took him for 3 mile walks and he lost 22 pounds but he still eats the 💩. Don’t know how to stop
    Him. I talked to my vet and he said it won’t hurt him it’s just gross so he doesn’t get too many kisses at the time he does it. He still gets a lot of lovin.

  9. Our 7 month old female has this problem! We feed her life abundance and give her NuVet supplements. She only eats our other labs feces. She is definitely the Alfa dog (besides me, of course) I am hoping she grows out of this but it’s so nasty!! I saw a product on the market called Pure Gold that you feed to the dog who’s poop is being consumed. Has anyone used this? I am worried about giving him anything that could cause him harm.

  10. We have three Labs and a small fenced yard so it’s tough keeping the “treats” unavailable. The one that doesn’t partake seems to be the one that drops the tastiest nuggets if you ask the other two. I have noticed that the practice has slowed since I changed their food to one that has a main ingredient of turkey as mentioned in one of the comments above.

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