Though dogs truly are our best friends, they can sometimes be, well, a bit weird about things. Let’s face it—our partnership with them has only lasted for twenty thousand years or so. Before that, they’d had millions of years of experience under their belts.
Let’s take a look at some of our canine companions’ strangest behaviours, and then try to understand them from a dog’s perspective. Most often, there’s a good reason for an odd behaviour if you just look closely enough!
Several reasons exist for a dog eating what would seem to be such a poor food source. If you have ever raised a litter of puppies, you’ll know that their mother will normally clean up after them by eating their faeces.
This is not only a sanitary solution, but an age-old survival mechanism.
In the wild, predators hungry for a bit of puppy could locate the den simply by the scent of faeces. It became necessary, then, for the mother to get rid of this evidence.
Another cause of coprophagy is poor diet. If a puppy or adult dog is eating a nutritionally deficient diet or is not being fed enough, it will instinctively seek out another food source. This often means feces in the yard or dog park.
To prevent coprophagy, keep your dog’s environment perfectly free of any waste. Pick it up right away! Try not to leave a dog with this habit alone in a yard or dog run for any length of time, as he will eat the waste and self-reinforce the behaviour.
Be sure to feed the best food possible, in amounts suitable for your dog. If in doubt, consult your veterinarian on this.