If your new puppy has decided to dine on its own poop, you don't have live with the practice. While most dogs do indulge from time-to-time, the practice can be stopped. It just takes some time, patience, and creative maneuvering on your part. Here are four simple methods you can use to stop your pup from eating its own waste.
Make Some Noise
If you've caught your puppy eating its waste, you know that as soon as it heads outside, it's probably going to do it again. The best thing you can do is make some noise. Fill an empty soda can with pebbles, and tape the top closed with duct tape. Each time your pup heads towards a pile of waste, shake the can vigorously. The sudden noise each time it heads towards a pile of poop, will startle it enough to stop and move away.
Get Out and Play
If your puppy is eating its own poop out of sheer boredom, it's time to get out and play. Each time you take your puppy out to play, spend a few extra minutes involved in playtime activities. The more active your puppy is, the less attractive those piles of poop will be. It's also a good idea to add some healthy treats to your puppies daily routine, especially chew toys such as bones.
If your puppy isn't bored, and it's getting plenty of attention, it might be eating the poop because it smells like food. That can happen when food isn't properly digested prior to elimination. To stop your puppy from eating its poop, try switching food. Choose a food that contains fewer additives, and more healthy ingredients such as vegetables and grains. Be sure to switch slowly, or your puppy may end up with diarrhea.
Change the Flavor
If your puppy simply enjoys the flavor of its own poop, you'll need to change the flavor. Making the poop less enjoyable for your puppy, try adding a bit of pineapple juice to its food, or some canned pumpkin. The pineapple juice or pumpkin will make the poop less palatable for your pup.
If your puppy is eating its own waste, it's time to take matters into your own hands. Use the tips provided here to get your puppy to stop dining on its droppings. If it continues, be sure visit a local animal clinic to talk to a veterinarian. There may be an underlying health issue that will need to be addressed.