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Old 11-19-2012, 05:21 AM
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Hi there, i was thinking does any1 else's chi like to eat poop? How/what did u do to end it?
My 2 females (Miyo and Toki) r always eating it. Initially, when i only have Miyo, its not a prob as she dosen't eat it. This prob started after i got Toki n i though she will grow out of it but she didn't. Miyo sort of learnt the behavior and they had been eating poop for almost 4 years now. Its really unhealthy for the long run but i can't seems to stop them. I tried putting chilli, vinegar, spices, pepper and catching them in the act. I even tried exchanging their poop for treats which work for a few weeks and then they started their regular routine of eating poop again. They are smart. When someone is around, they act as if the poop are poison and refuse to get near it, but when no1 is around, they will gobble up all. Digestive enzymes r also tried but didn't help. My vet says its a habit as they r young and healthy.
Even though i tried my best to catch them poop and clear immediately, there are times when i cant. espeacially in the break of morning or middle of nite when i'm still sleeping.
Therefore any suggestion or ideas to break the habit would be greatly appreciated. They can't be eating poop for all their life, can they?
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:09 AM
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Where do they go potty? If indoors, and they see you cleaning up the poop off the pad, they may think they are helping - as in, copying your actions and picking up after themselves?
Can i ask what they are fed on? As you have tried all the usual home remedys to make them stop (although you didnt mention pineapple - have you tried this?), it may be that they are lacking certain nutrients from their usual food.
Do they get a lot of walks/playtime? They might be eating poop becuase they are bored? Do you tell them off for eating it? Negative attention is still attention?
Just throwing throughts out there - im no expert!
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:11 PM
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ahhh, sorry to tell you this, but yes they can eat poop for the rest of their lives! We have a sheltie that does this and she is going on 9 years old!! It is a disgusting habit, but not a harmful one. I do the best I can, and clean up poop right away. She will not eat her own, and Bonnies, but does eat the other 2 chi's poop???

I suggest that you teach them the command "Leave it". I can stop her, if I am picking some up, and she is reaching for it, to leave it, and she will.
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Good suggestion. "Leave it" is a command which trainers like to teach. The intent is to prevent your dog from grabbing hors d'oeuvres and snacks left out for guests, which presumably bear little resemblance to dog poop. Simcha is in a training class, and I have seen several dogs there learn the command pretty easily. Simcha is not a problem, since he doesn't grab food left on a low table - just natural good manners.
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I'm having the same problem with Ava, she'lln grab her poop and start running around and chewing it, yuck! My vet told me to try sprinkling Adolph's meat tenderizer on her food. I have yet to try this because I wanted to see some other options to maybe see if something else was more successful. You mentioned you have tried several things so I'm not sure if you have tried that method or not, but it supposedly works. Hope it does!
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Where do they go potty? If indoors, and they see you cleaning up the poop off the pad, they may think they are helping - as in, copying your actions and picking up after themselves?
Can i ask what they are fed on? As you have tried all the usual home remedys to make them stop (although you didnt mention pineapple - have you tried this?), it may be that they are lacking certain nutrients from their usual food.
Do they get a lot of walks/playtime? They might be eating poop becuase they are bored? Do you tell them off for eating it? Negative attention is still attention?
Just throwing throughts out there - im no expert!
They potty indoors and will do it also if i bring them out. Feeding them Acana's lamb and okanagan apple, smtimes will mix rice or some pork or chicken. I tried pinapple too but didn't work. They seldom get walks as its been raining but they get playtime everyday. Did told them off when i caught them eating. Will take them to the poo and tell them firmly NO and afterwhich i ignor them for smtime, but watever i do they just dosen get it that i don't want them to eat poop.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:39 AM
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ahhh, sorry to tell you this, but yes they can eat poop for the rest of their lives! We have a sheltie that does this and she is going on 9 years old!! It is a disgusting habit, but not a harmful one. I do the best I can, and clean up poop right away. She will not eat her own, and Bonnies, but does eat the other 2 chi's poop???

I suggest that you teach them the command "Leave it". I can stop her, if I am picking some up, and she is reaching for it, to leave it, and she will.
Are you serious? Tat means i will have 2 poop eaters. I know its not harmful, just tat my vet says, in the long run its not healthy for them. Also they know the leave it command. I can stop them when i'm around, just tat when no1 around, they will lick every single poop up. Almost everyday when i return from work, the first sentence tat my family tell me is 'Your dogs ate poo today'.
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I'm having the same problem with Ava, she'lln grab her poop and start running around and chewing it, yuck! My vet told me to try sprinkling Adolph's meat tenderizer on her food. I have yet to try this because I wanted to see some other options to maybe see if something else was more successful. You mentioned you have tried several things so I'm not sure if you have tried that method or not, but it supposedly works. Hope it does!
Adolph's meat tenderizer is the only thing i haven tried yet, coz i can't seems to find it over here. Will try to look for it to try, really hope it will work. Good luck to you too.
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