19. Eating Stool
As yucky as it is, eating poop is sometimes normal. Mama dogs lick their puppies to stimulate them and eat the poop to keep the nests clean.
And puppies sometimes eat each other’s poop, but they usually outgrow it.
But what happens if they don’t? Nobody wants to greet their dog, only to smell poop breath. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep Fido from eating stool (the technical term is “coprophagia”).
First, make sure Fido is properly nourished. Some professionals believe that dogs eat stool to recoup nutrients they’re not getting from their regular diets. Second, focus on prevention.
If possible, separate the elimination area from the play area. Let Fido access the elimination area for that purpose only; when it’s play time, keep him out. If that’s not possible, pick up poop as soon as it happens. Finally, keep baby diapers and soiled baby clothes out of reach.
If prevention doesn’t work, the next best option is to distract your dog before he has a chance to eat stool. Obviously, this requires close supervision. As soon as you see Fido sniffing poop, command him to leave it or call him to come to you.