Canine coprophragm is a very common behavioral disorder. It is that the dog eats its droppings or that of other animals. The reasons can be several, and we will all quote them so that you know in this way how to treat canine coprophagia.
Write down these tips so that your hairy stops behaving in this way and so you can enjoy the walks more.
Poor quality food
When we give our friend a meal that is not of very good quality, we are not giving him all the vitamins his body needs in order to grow and / or stay healthy. For this reason, it is highly recommended to give it a feed that has a high percentage of meat (minimum 70%), or to give it raw food or BARF.
Stress is often the cause of our friends' behavioral problems. If we are going through a bad time, it is important that, when we are with the dog, let's be calm, otherwise you will immediately notice the tension. In addition, if this situation is maintained for several days or weeks, the dog may react by starting to eat its feces or those of other animals.
Because they seem appetizing
Yes, I know they seem quite the opposite, but in your dog's opinion they taste good. And considering that the sense of canine smell is much more developed than ours, and that they may like other things, it is not surprising to see a dog eating what he does not have to eat.
How to avoid it?
The best way to avoid it is redirecting the animal. Before going for a walk, we have to prepare a bag of treats for dogs that smell a lot, and do if it takes a few quiet breaths to calm down. Then, it will only be a matter of being very attentive to what is on the ground to be able to anticipate. Immediately you see one, do the following:
- Take a treat and show it to your hairy, but don't give it to him.
- Keep your dog from feces, always showing him the treat. If the journey is long (for example, if the street is full of feces), go giving him a treat every 3-4 steps.
- When you are finally away, reward it.
It will be necessary to repeat several times until the dog comes to prefer the treat, but in the end the work will have been worth it.
What is canine coprophagia
Coprophagia is included in the so-called disorders pica, this is the ingestion of substances that are not typical of the food of the species. Among pica disorders, it is the most frequent. In many cases it occurs in the "child" age of the dog and disappears on its own as it becomes an adult.
There is a belief that dogs eat their droppings because "they are lacking in vitamins or minerals", however the causes of this phenomenon can be varied and generally tend to be due to behavioral problems. It is necessary to identify them with the help of a veterinarian to be able to eradicate this practice.
Education so that your dog does not eat its poops
If there are no diseases or presence of parasites, and this itch is due to behavioral problems, we will have to get to work to eradicate it:
– Do not allow Never access stool. Clean them or remove them when the dog defecates, since dogs that eat their stool tend to prefer it “freshly put”. It is usually effective that you do not see us when we lift your stool to throw them away. Sometimes "making them disappear" without the dog noticing favors him from getting out of the "loop."
- If he is a puppy and defecates in his soaper, congratulate him and remove him and throw him away immediately, not allowing him to play with him or with the feces. Often take him for a walk (if possible) in the schedule in which he makes his needs, favors disinterest towards his droppings. Gradually, the stimulus of being on the street makes him stop obsessing about eating his poop.
– Correction of behavior and modification of behavior in positive: at the moment you do it, for example, by means of a “no” in a high and serious tone. Then we can give you an order to make you give up unwanted behavior (eat stool). For example, we can ask you to come to us, sit down or throw your ball, and at that moment we reward you. So we distract him so that he forgets the deposition.
–Taste aversion: The addition to the dog's feed of products that give feces a bad taste has not shown satisfactory results, and must always be supervised by a veterinarian.
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