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    11-27-2012, 08:53 PM
  #1
Foal
my dogs are fecal-feliacs

Poop. They love it.
One problem I'm having is that poop is the focus of their walks. They're obsessed.
We live on 20 wooded acres, so they're mostly off leash~ at least until I've finally DONE watching them go from pile to pile.

We have a nice buffet of poop here.
We have horse poop, cow poop, chicken poop, goat poop, cat poop, deer poop, fox poop, turkey poop, bear poop, elk poop, and I've even found them eating cougar or bobcat poop.

I've considered muzzles that would restrict them from eating, but, we have a lot of wildlife and I'd hate for my dogs to not be able to defend themselves.

Anybody have suggestions? Other than keeping them on leash EVERY time. (I have a speed demon that has major zoomies~ can't leash that!)
     
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    11-27-2012, 09:06 PM
  #2
Banned
Coprophagia is common in dogs. To us it's disgusting poop. To them it's just a tasty predigested snack.

And people wonder why I won't let my dog lick me. Blech!
     
    11-27-2012, 09:07 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Try changing their food. It might be lacking something. Ours eat horse poop too. I think they think they are treats.
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    11-27-2012, 09:11 PM
  #4
Green Broke
I know what you mean. I have the same problem with my guys - they do seem to love a horse poo snack. In the winter time, it's quite common to step out onto the deck to find a frozen chunk had been dragged up to be consumed later. I've even checked with my vet to see if something was missing in their diet but alas could find nothing. I've resigned myself to yelling at them so at least in my presence they leave it alone. For what it's worth, I've never had them get sick or anything from their vile little practise.
     
    11-27-2012, 10:53 PM
  #5
Showing
My dog after supper would head for the pasture for dessert. Lots of deer come into the yard area but he never touched their droppings.
     
    11-27-2012, 10:55 PM
  #6
Green Broke
You need to teach a really strong "drop it!" that's really the only way I would think to stop that.
     
    11-27-2012, 11:23 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by myhorsesonador    
You need to teach a really strong "drop it!" that's really the only way I would think to stop that.
One of the dogs is a deaf senior. Lol.
They have a strong recall...only because it just might be that lucky moment when I have a treat in my pocket.

Do you all worm your dogs more because of their fecal-feliac tendencies?
     
    11-27-2012, 11:35 PM
  #8
Trained
I think the word you're looking for is "philiac," not feliac.
     
    11-28-2012, 07:52 AM
  #9
Weanling
I've never known a dog that didn't love other animals' poop. We say the cat litter box is full of "almond roca."

Everything poopy has to be kept out of the dogs' way. I watch carefully to make sure none is getting eaten at the barn. Yet one day, after careful observation I came home and saw my dog's belly was taut. In concern, I poked at it gently. The pressure caused him to regurgitate: a perfect horse pile right on my living room rug. Looked like it just came out of the horse.
     
    11-28-2012, 08:05 AM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by gottatrot    
I've never known a dog that didn't love other animals' poop. We say the cat litter box is full of "almond roca."

Everything poopy has to be kept out of the dogs' way. I watch carefully to make sure none is getting eaten at the barn. Yet one day, after careful observation I came home and saw my dog's belly was taut. In concern, I poked at it gently. The pressure caused him to regurgitate: a perfect horse pile right on my living room rug. Looked like it just came out of the horse.

Thankfully my dogs never eat poop of any kind. I have known others who's dogs would surf the litter pan for nut rolls. Ick.

It likely helps that my litter pans are in areas less frequented by my dogs but they never eat poop outside either. My one pup when I first got him would turn and check it out after he did it so I would redirect him away from it right away by tossing a treat in the other direction. Now, he never even looks at it, he JUMPS away from his pile.

I might sound really mean but personally I might resort to an ecollarr if my dogs were as bad as the OP is saying. You don't have to hurt the dog but when they turn to show interest in the poo, a well timed zap might help them to find the thought of it unpleasant. Might not work for a dog with years of practice eating it.

I also agree with the "first try some different dog foods" Maybe that is why I never had a poo eater? I don't know but it is worth a try. I have fed several kinds of food, Fromm 4 star, Evo, Taste of the Wild, Earthborn Organics, Blue Buffalo. They have done well on all of them and never seem to be interested in poop eating. Good luck.

I also hope that worming and fecal counts are a regular part of your dog maintenance. Obvious reasons for that. Ha ha
     
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