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Why does my dog eat poop?

Dogs often eat faeces. People thinks that are very terrible thing, but it is a natural behavior for dogs. The researchers did not examine the frequent case, but there are a number of hypotheses that have not been proven.

Poop eating rarely cause health problems unless the in poop are parasites. Also, dogs who eat faeces, can have problems with teeth. Also dogs with parasites can infect humans.

Why do dogs do that?

Dogs are very different from people. For them faeces can be a great delicacy. It is believed that the poop eating can be a behavioral problem, health problem or both problems simultaneously.

It could be worry, boredom or stress symptoms. Simple - if the dog is bored, he can play with faeces and eat it. Also, poop eating, always draws master attention, so this way the dog may require attention.

It is believed that the females eats poop more often as they eat their offspring poop. Also, this behavior is more often for sterilized, castrated dogs. It is also believed that dogs that have some hosts, feces eating more often.

Often, people punishes small puppies for "soiling" in the wrong place. Then the puppy can eat poop, to eliminate evidence. This is the wrong puppy parenting, which causes him to believe that he is punished for bowel movement.

Sometimes the dog emulates the behavior of other dogs, and begins to eat faeces. And sometimes the dog just come up clean up its territory.

Often, this behavior occurs in young, up to one year old puppy, and then it passes. It is also worth remembering the fact that dogs faeces are delicious for them.

For puppies may lack of vitamins or minerals, so they eat faeces to restore the material balance.

It is believed that dogs eat faeces in order to complement the digestive tract enzymes.

Faeces eating possible for such health problems as pancreatitis, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, intestinal infections, food allergies, parasites and more. Of course, it is necessary that the veterinarian advice.

How to get rid of this behavior?

Dog must have a clean place of residence, have the activity, toys.

If your dog is still very small, up to six months of age, are advised to ignore such behavior.

It is also advised not to punish the dog, as it can only reinforce this behavior. Better dog obedience training.

If the dog started to eat faeces, you must call him to himself, and give him a toy to distract his attention from the poop. If you are entering a dog on a leash, pull it out immediately as soon as he tries to eat faeces. In this case, it is very important to teach the dog commands "leave."

Do not forget the dog who eats poop, often destroy parasites. If you think the dog lacks vitamins, you need to feed him a balanced diet. Food needs to be changed depending on what a dog's body is missing. In this case, contact your veterinarian. If this behavior persists, a veterinarian gives medications.

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