August 24, 2007, Newsletter Issue #198: Q&A: Eating stool or poop

Tip of the Week

Q: How can I stop coprophagy, in other words my dog eating poop or stool?

A: The best prevention is eliminating access to poop. This means cleaning up immediately after the dog poops, whether in your yard or on a walk. The next most important thing is to teach the dog "no" or "no eat" when it sniffs a poop. After the "no eat" command and you have the dog´s attention, call the dog to you, praise the dog and give it a treat. Be consistent in this training process. There are other ideas that have been tried, as described in this helpful article on the Web:
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1551&articleid=155

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