Q&A: How do I stop my dog from eating feces?

Question

My newly adopted dog tends to eat his feces and other dogs’ feces that he finds. How can I stop him from doing this?

- Leonard

Answer

As for the feces eating, this really just comes down to management. That is, be there when he has access to his own or other dog’s feces so you can remove him from the area and/or clean up the feces.

As for eating other things you don’t want him to (such as paper), again, your job is to manage him like you would a young child and do your best to set him up for success. Don’t allow him to have access to things that you don’t want him to have, so that the behavior is prevented from becoming a stronger habit. Also, provide him with toys that are stuffed with his normal meals and/or special treats so that you are giving him things that adequately compete with paper and other things you don’t want him to play with.

Woofs,

Andrea

About Andrea Arden

Andrea can be seen on Animal Planet's shows Dogs 101, Cats 101, Pets 101, America's Cutest Dog and America's Cutest Cat. She is the author of numerous best-selling books on animal behavior and training. Andrea is thrilled to be a part of Pets for Patriots' efforts to help its members successfully adopt and share their lives with shelter pets! Read more...
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