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Hi GamieL here! Just wanting to introduce myself the proud owner of Scout the Beagle. My daughter got him for my 7 year old grandson, but somehow he has become my buddy (must be those adorable eyes) I came to your site out of worry never had a dog eat his own poop what was i doing wrong, hot digit its normal. Just have to clean the yard a little more often. I live in the middle of 25 acres, never had to clean up always let mother nature do her job. Thanks again for the help.
 

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Hm. Ive never been around a dog that has done that either.
 

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The poop eating is normal, not all dogs do it but many do and it is not breed specific but I have heard some breeds do it more than others
 

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It is normal, it is gross and there really isn't anything you can do to completely stop it. There are all natural pills you can get and after a couple weeks on the pills it's suppose to deter them from the scent that is enticing. I would just clean up the yard as promptly as possible.
 

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Coprophagia

Coprophagia is the ingestion of poop that is neither accidental nor incidental. It is deliberate and habitual



1. Your dog might be hungry. If your dog doesn't have access to food, he might eat poop.

2. Some dogs will eat poop to clean up an area like a housekeeper. This is most likely if your dog is confined to a crate or kennel, or when he's chained up or otherwise restricted. He's taking care of his space.

3. If your dog likes to carry poop, and then eat it, it could be genetics. Some dogs have instincts to carry stuff in their mouths.

4. Your dog might be eating poop because of parasites or worms. They can suck nutrients out of your dog, driving him to eat poop. It might also leave him extra hungry because of the lack of proper fuel.

5. Your dog might be eating cat poop or other animal poop to get key nutrients and minerals not available in his own food.

6. Some dogs will simply eat poop to pass the time. Dogs will eat poop because they are bored or lonely. It can be a sign of neglect.

7. Your dog might eat poop because he's anxious, nervous or otherwise upset. Stress will drive animals to do odd things.

8. Some dogs will eat poop to hide the evidence. If you punish your dog for pooping, he might eat it to stop you from getting angry.

9. If your dog has puppies, she might eat puppy poop. This is an instinct to hide the poop from predators. Poop is evidence. Getting ride of it keeps her puppies safe.

10. Some young dogs and puppies will eat poop as a novelty. That is, they'll eat poop as an experiment. They don't know better.

11. If your dog watches you pick up poop, he might learn to do the same. This is called allelomimetic behavior. Your dog observes you and learns from you, by putting the poop in his mouth you put poop in a bag.

12. Your dog might see others dogs eating poop. From this, they learn to eat poop too.

13. Many dogs simply like the taste of poop. This obviously doesn't make sense to dog owners but that's irrelevant. Some dog like to eat it and that's that. It's warm, moist, and very much like what your dog was given as a very young puppy.



14. If your dog food lacks key nutrients, he might eat poop. Your dog is trying to get food with nutrients any way possible, even from his own poop.

15. Sometimes dog poop seems like dog food. This can happen when dog food is low quality and includes materials that are easily passed and not absorbed by your dog. When the dog poops, it seems to be very much like the food he just consumed!

16. In some cases, dogs will eat poop if they are given too much food. This is especially true if your dog's diet is high in fat.

17. Some dogs will eat poop to gain attention. Many dog owners get very upset when their dog eats poop, which means the dog gets attention. This is a wonderful opportunity for your dog to interact with you, although it is because of negative attention.

18. It is possible that some dogs will eat the poop of other, more dominant dogs. Your dog might be more submissive than other dogs, resulting in strange poop eating behavior. This seems to occur more in households with multiple dogs where dominance and submission is a factor. Obviously this doesn't explain much about dogs eating cat poop or other animal poop.

19. It is possible that your dog wants to eat more than one time per day. If you only feed your dog once per day, and your dog eats poop, it could be an indication they want to eat more frequently.

20. In some cases, your dog will eat poop by accident. Dogs are curious and will try to eat almost anything, including poop. Dogs explore the world through taste and smell, much more than humans.


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Wow lots to think about, after reading your answers it made me think with the time change and weather we don't spend as much time outside. got him when is was (8) weeks old in June Also my husband went back to work after unemployed for (1) year so he spends more time in his crate. checking the food I feed him. Maybe too many changes at once for him. Off work on Thursday and yard cleaning, checking the food i feed him. Scout and I will work this out,he just brings me so much joy. He tips his head to the side when I talk to him. Cracks me up.
 

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:(I'm ashame to a say don't know my daughter purchased the last bag. Going to check it when I get home. Is there something that you would recommend???
 

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There is a post in the Health and Welfare section called Dog Food Information that is a good place to start. I think it is the 2nd from the top of the page.

ALso, Welcome to BW
 

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Our Corgi had a taste for poo for a while too - she is just a puppy, but she soon got over it (thank goodness), we have changed her food, so that could have something to do with it.
 

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Thanks glad to be here. Right now he is eating Pedegree puppy, notice Scout not eating as much will change this. Hope the new diet will help.
 

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hi to you,

adorable eyes, I could not agree more, Beags have a thing about there eyes, to me it looks like they all have eyeliner on, which makes their eyes even sweeter.

Pooppy must taste good, mine tends to like cats more than his own.laughs.

hope you solve the poop prob:)
 
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