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I've been having problems with Chico lately. He has been eating his poop in the middle of the night. He did it twice last night. He doesn't eat it in the daytime, only at night. I was wondering if anybody knows why he may be doing this. I was thinking that he may be hungry because it seems like he is forcing himself to go to the bathroom just so he can eat it. It's really nasty. I tried feeding him dinner later tonight to see if that helps at all. It's really annoying too because it's pretty chilly at night so I just let him out and I watch him through the kitchen window. I try not to wake up Fidel because he has been working early so I do one of those, "pssst....hey......Chico no.......psst.....Chico....psssst.......hey get over here..." in a loud whisper through the window. He knows I won't run out in the cold in my p.j's so he totally ignores me. I could strangle him. When he finally comes in he does one of those wiggles that only bullies can do as if to say," oh, I'm sorry were you calling me?" I really need to get him out of this cycle. Any advice would help. thanks in advance. :-&
 

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I think Chico just likes it!!!

Jokin! I don't know mayby leave him with a small amount of food in his bowl over night. You said it almost looks like he forces his self to go just so he can eat it??? That is wierd...he most just love it then!!
 

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This is very common especially amongst bulldogs. Unfortunately there really isn't much you can do about it besides clean up after them immediately (I know that's hard especially in the winter). I know its gross but I think in most cases its nothing more than a bad habit.
 

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i take it chico didn't use to eat his poop? sometime crap eating is a dietary issue. in the winter dogs don't get the greens they do in the summer (grass) and start to eat crap ( i don't know why, it ain't green!) . you can try adding a supplement called hoka mix to his diet , this worked wonders in my household, or try adding green vegetables to his diet, if it is not the lack of , i think it is chlorophyll, in his diet then yes, he just likes to eat it . then you will have to approach the matter as a training exercise and cold or not , outside you will have to go! keep in mind, the longer he continues to eat it the harder it will be to stop him. creatures of habit ..ect, ect
 

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pitmommy said:
missing nutrients in the diet.
Not necessarily true.

http://www.cvm.uiuc.edu/petcolumns/showarticle.cfm?id=166

In the past it was believed that feces eating, also known as coprophagia, was caused by
either poor diet or poor health. However, this theory is not supported by current research.
"Behavioral research has discounted the idea that it is a dietary deficiency or a pancreatic
enzyme deficiency," says Dr. Jo Ann Eurell, a veterinarian and animal behavior specialist at
the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. "Dogs are historically scavengers,
and this is believed to be a scavenger behavior.
 

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pitmommy said:
Ok let me rephrase that " Could be missing nutrients in the diet , or should I say IMHO
Your original post came across as absolute. My apologies for reading it that way.
 

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There is a vitamin/pill of sorts you can get as well to give your dog to make the poop taste aweful(awefull-er!!! :lol: ) I used it w/ my peke when I think he would go not to eat it, put to bat it around and play with it!It worked
I have also heard it is a lacking of nutrients-BUT, on the other hand, my oldest dog will gobble it up after one of the other dogs if it is done in the house. That I believe by her actions is because she doesn't want them to get in trouble! Yet, she wont eat it outside-UNLESS of course it's from a strange animal.
Who knows....dang bulldogs!

All in all, I was also told yes, it can become a habit!
 

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Sometimes my posts are just first thoughts that I would suggest eliminating first when problem solving , I will clarify them better. :)
 

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sajoseph said:
There is a vitamin/pill of sorts you can get as well to give your dog to make the poop taste aweful(awefull-er!!! :lol: ) I used it w/ my peke when I think he would go not to eat it, put to bat it around and play with it!It worked
I have also heard it is a lacking of nutrients-BUT, on the other hand, my oldest dog will gobble it up after one of the other dogs if it is done in the house. That I believe by her actions is because she doesn't want them to get in trouble! Yet, she wont eat it outside-UNLESS of course it's from a strange animal.
Who knows....dang bulldogs!

All in all, I was also told yes, it can become a habit!
I always laugh when I hear of pills to make poop "taste bad." How could it taste any worse???!!! :lol:

I was just reading that some dogs will eat other dogs' poop as a way of exerting dominance (i.e. removing other dogs' "markings") Is your oldest dog the dominant dog?
 

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No, the peke is the dominant dog, but I think Sass is the "mothering"dog, she feels a responsibility to clean up the others mess, including poop, ear wax, eye boogers, etc. Heck, if I am reprimanding a different dog, she gets in the way and lays down and rolls on her back like"I did it, dont yell at him!"
 

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There are products to add to thier food that will prevent them from eating thier feces. One is called Forbid and the other is called Deter. It's worth a try. I have also heard of people spraying fresh poos with a cayenne pepper spray with good results too.....
 

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I just went through the same thing with my oldie. I talked to her vet about it and he told me to put about a half teaspoon of meat tenderizer in her bowl of food. It does not taste like anything nor does it affect the dog, it just makes their poo smell bad and they won't eat it. ( I know like their poo doesn't already smell bad ) But it worked for me!
 

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You could try this product below. It's from Solid Gold Health Food products for Pets. I laughed the first time I saw it. Josie eat's thier Large Dog food. I'm not a agent or anything like that...LOL! Just remembered the name S.E.P(Stop Eating Poop) sounds pretty straight forward. Then again maybe Chico is just looking for a Hot Meal! :-k Good Luck!

http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/showproduct.php?id=44&code=670
S.E.P (Stop Eating Poop) (Not Available in TX, IA)

3.5 oz Container
Price: $9.67

Product Description
The active ingredient in S.E.P. is Glutamic Acid. When Glutamic Acid is mixed with the stomach acids, the stool becomes bitter to the taste, which deters the dog from eating the stool.

Protein, Min. 14%
Fat, Min. 2.16%
Fiber, Max. 11%
Moisture, Max. 11.7%

Ingredients
Dicalcium Phosphate | Rice Flour | Glutamic Acid | Peppermint | Yucca Schidigera Extract | Beef Liver | Oil of Parsley | Natural Flavoring |
 

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Wow! I wasn't expecting so much advice on such a nasty subject. The weather doesn't change too much here so he is still eating grass everyday but maybe I should add some green veggies to his diet. Are there any that he should not have? I'm pretty new to this, I don't want to feed him anything harmful. I especially don't want to feed him anything thats gonna make his farting worse than it already is either! He's sorta picky so the only veggies I've ever given him were carrots and sweet potatoes. I know, neither are green.

And yes this is a new habit he has picked up recently and he will only do it in the middle of the night. I've been hiding around the corner in the day time (spying) and he doesn't even give it a sniff. I'm just gonna have to stand outside in the cold with him I guess. Since I posted this, I started feeding him his dinner later. I've gotten mixed results with that. I guess he's just developed a taste for it! :-& 8-[ Thanks for all the advice, I'll see if it helps him at all. Once he gets his mind set on something, it's hard to to deter him.
 
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