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post #11 of 18 Old 11-28-2012, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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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
They're on Taste of the Wild. Previous to that they were on Blue Buffalo.
And, it's worming weekend at my place next weekend! Every single animal is getting wormed for the winter.

THE WORST is when hiking/backpacking and they come across some human waste that someone has not taken the time to bury correctly.
Nothing takes me from perfect bliss to extreme gross out in a nano-second!
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post #12 of 18 Old 11-28-2012, 09:39 AM
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I'm going to have to work 'fecal-feliac' into a conversation today....
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Adam, I can't say that surprises me lol!

Our dogs aren't poop eaters thankfully, grosses me out. Was just talking with my sister about that. Her JRT figured out how to open the diaper receptacle and ate all of the poopy ones, ICK. Mine do however sit watching and waiting patiently on pedicure days. They sit staring with beggar eyes just waiting for the farrier to toss them treats. Dell is the worst, he tries to get all of the trimmings and stashes them for later. It's always great to step on pieces of hoof in the house....
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As speed racer said, they're after the pre-digested greens. Predators who have made a kill go for the belly first to get to the intestinal contents. They apparently cannot digest the raw greens, but need it, so herbivore poop is the next best thing. Dogfood manufacturers make you spend a fortune when they mix it in
My dal used to get the poopsicles in the winter and was heavily in love with my farrier.....he had to be extra careful when trimming, she was about to bite the hooves off instead of waiting for him to cut and throw her a piece. Hoof horn contains phosphorus which they need. I used to give her cow hooves to avoid unpleasant surprises when it was farrier day.
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They're on Taste of the Wild. Previous to that they were on Blue Buffalo.
And, it's worming weekend at my place next weekend! Every single animal is getting wormed for the winter.

THE WORST is when hiking/backpacking and they come across some human waste that someone has not taken the time to bury correctly.
Nothing takes me from perfect bliss to extreme gross out in a nano-second!

Alright, that made me spit all over my computer screen and then do a series of gags. ICK on such a big level. Ha ha I am not sure why but I too find human waste so much more vile then animal waste. Not that any is a pleasure and certainly NOT edible. My heart goes out to you and I am giving each of my dogs an extra big hug and a nice fresh bone to thank them for NOT having this appalling habit. Ha ha

I am thankful and spoiled never having a poo eater. I hope I never get one as the thought makes me a little sick even now. Good Luck to you on breakking them of it and if you do, please share how you did it, just in case.
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Alright, that made me spit all over my computer screen and then do a series of gags. ICK on such a big level. Ha ha I am not sure why but I too find human waste so much more vile then animal waste.
Sorry 'bout that. Lol
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Dogs are just disgusting creatures in general. They eat other animals' poop and sometimes their own, lick their privates for what can seem like HOURS in the middle of the night, and like to roll in dead things. It's a darned good thing they're so personable!
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I have a dog who is much of the same, eating poop when ever she can get a hold of it.

On off leash walks though she won't. I think its more of the manor of how you're walking your dogs. My dogs do not stray more than 15 feet from me at any given time, and are not aloud to focus on much of anything. The focus is the walk itself, not everything else. I'm more of a strict handler and many people don't like my style but at the same time my N.male dog only urinates on command when on a walk (the female is well up there in age and can't really hold it for long) they are not aloud to focus on anything in a sense that if they smell something they are aloud about a 2 second sniff before they better be back walking.Otherwise they fall out of the 15 foot perimeter. After a while they just walk/jog next to me.

You say you don't want to leash but there is little to no way to try and stop the poop eating with them off leash.

You have three options :
Decide that this is going to happen, it is gross but not really bad and leave it.
Make a fool after yourself trying to run back and forth discouraging poop eating
Or work on obedience with a leash, then work towards being off leash.


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