my puppy is acting weird

United States
December 26, 2006 3:44pm CST
is it normal for puppies to eat there own poop?will they grow out of it?and what i can i do to stop this disgusting habit?
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@MissGia (955)
• United States
26 Dec 06
I dont know if its normal but i have seen the behavior come from quit a few dogs and im sure he'll grow out of it..one thing i can recommend it a pooper scooper, get rid of the poop before he can try to eat it.
• Philippines
19 Jan 07
i have the same dog habits. thats what i exactly does. she doesnt eat her poop all the time anyway
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
1 Feb 07
There might be something missing from his diet. That is what I heard one old timer tell me once. Also the removal will tend to stifle that habit that it can become. Good luck with handful you have. They are a joy however take so much care at times.
@hellboi (664)
• Philippines
23 Jan 07
i haven't observed this from puppies but sure this is normal for mommy dogs, they even lick the poop hole to stimulate defecation. to prevent your pup from doing this, you should clean up his poop right after he drops some, a little tedious though but i guess but maybe it'll work
22 Jan 07
That usually happens when there is something lacking in their diet. Some dogs never grow out of this problem. Using a pooper scooper is great in your own yard. But when you can take the pup out into the neighborhood, there is so much temptation for him. Talk to your vet as you need to nip this in the bud. This is not normal behaviour.
@clownfish (3278)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Hi! I don't know if it's normal, but my sister's dog, a golden retriever, used to eat the cat poop out of the litter boxes. Eewwwww! I guess dogs are just strange! :-)
• Philippines
19 Jan 07
mine happens all the time. so yes it is normal. they basically eat and lick everything. sad to say but its normal for them
@smartx (320)
• India
19 Jan 07
Even i had the same problem with my puppy..i took to doctors they suggested some diet for it..
• United States
26 Dec 06
Puppies do this sometimes. They usually grow out of it. Be very careful - this can cause worms! You can buy powder to give to him. It's supposed to make the poop taste bitter(can't imagine it's good in the first place!) so they stop eating it.
• United States
26 Dec 06
It's called copraphagia, all dogs tend to be poop eaters, I suggest pick it up, don't let him eat strange poop, it can lead to a whole host of parasites and diseases.