Coprophagia - The dog that eats his stools
Puppies eat their excrements play and explore. In adults, the causes are linked to prim; and secondary reinforcements. These can be boredom, a deficiency in pancreatic enzymes, a diet too rich in carbohydrates (primary reinforcements" avoidance of physical punishment (severe conditioning U! in situations where a dog has a soiling problem), or ultimately, a lack of attention (secondary reinforcements). Basic treatment consists in modifying the diet. Beginning with elimination of table scraps, reducing the portions at mi time, eating regular meals at regular intervals.
Dogs that eat their stools belong to one of two categories:
- Those that eat them all the time.
- Those that eat them only on occasion.
Dogs that eat their excrement only on occasion do because there has been a change in their diet. The system cannot digest the new elements, so thecomes out without having been digested. This contains nutrients, and the dog simply eats it.
We recommend that you take care of the physiological cause, before you contemplate re-education. In all cases of coprophagia, it is necessary to maintain regularity in the amount and the quality of thethe dog is eating. A change in can neutralize the effects of re-education, as the dog will perceive the presence of nutrients in his stools. Also, the dog must eat twice a day. The more the dog eats, the more he defecates. If you are present to correct his wrongful elimination, it is much easier to correct the situation. Be particularly attentive to your dog's stools. The dog must be fed sufficiently so that the dog has firm stools. If they are soft, it means the dog is eating too much, and there will be discernible nutrients in his stools. Reduce the volume of you give your dog by 10%, so that an ideal consistency can be obtained.
Each time you catch your dog eating his stools, give him thespray. Then, throw the ball at him, or give him a series of commands to distract him.
However, manywait for the master's absence to eat his stools. Hide and observe your dog. As soon as he nears his stools or those of another animal, use the long spray. 00 not pick up the dog's stools in his presence; go inside, give him time to commit the error, and come out about 10 minutes later. Pick them up after the education session. If after defecation, the dog doesn't go back to his stools, congratulate him joyously, and reward him.