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7 Reasons Why Your Dog Might Eat Their Own Poop And Why You Should Pay Attention To It.

7 Reasons Why Your Dog Might Eat Their Own Poop And Why You Should Pay Attention To It.

***If your pup is a chronic poop-eater, consult with your veterinarian.***

Eating poop. If you haven’t seen your dog do it, I’m sure you’ve seen someone’s dog do it. But why do they do it? It’s so… disgusting.

Technically referred to as “coprophagia,” the eating of feces is commonplace among dogs for a variety of reasons.

According to the ASPCA, the motivations your dog may have for eating its own feces include perfectly natural doggie instincts, but may also indicate some form of malnourishment.

For the most part, dogs eat their poo because old habits die hard. Though our pups tend to be domesticated and housebroken, they still have the mentality that they live in the wild.

In a state of nature, dog parents would often eat the feces of their young to keep their nest clean and prevent predators from being alerted by the smell.

Another reason may be that in the absence of food, dogs ate their poop for the minimal nutritional value it offered.

Since your dog doesn’t live in the wild, Dr. Patrick Tate suggests the following reasons as possible explanations for why your pup eats poop:

1. Flavor

It might actually taste good to them. This is likely the result of being fed too much people food, enriching the feces with the residual scents and flavors of human cuisine.

2. Boredom

While you may never have tried to kill time by eating out of the toilet, your dog doesn’t have a smartphone or an Xbox to keep herself busy.

3. Anxiety

Coprophagia can be one of the compulsions triggered by anxiety if your pup suffers from it, not unlike compulsive chewing.

4. Spring Cleaning

Not “spring” necessarily, but if you have a backyard full of poop, your dog might just be doing the cleanup you should be doing.

5. Attention-seeking Behavior

Do you react loudly every time your pup reaches for a bite of poo? Your dog might anticipate that reaction and simply do it to get you to pay attention to her.

6. Avoiding Punishment

If the dog has been rebuked for pooping in specific places, then they may conclude that it is necessary to dispose of the evidence.

7. Monkey See, Monkey Do

Your dog may simply be imitating the behavior of other dogs it knows.

While gross to think about, it does happen. And shouldn’t you know why your dog does the things he does?

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