***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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.