My puppy is a poo eater, any ideas how to stop her Questions

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    My puppy is a poo eater, any ideas how to stop her

    My 7 month old pup eats her poop in the yard.. I love her but this is a disgusting habit. I’ve read that sometimes they outgrow it, or people feed pineapple, or pills from vet (expensive). She has done this since I got her at 4 months old.. she doesn’t eat all of it, and I think she just eats hers and not my older dogs, there is still plenty of poo to clean up. The breeder kept her until she’d had all her parvovirus boosters, as my other dog had parvo, and survived, but my yard could still be contaminated with parvovirus. Maybe she started doing it because her kennel wasn’t cleaned enough, or she saw her mom do it.. Have any of you had this issue? Did it resolve? Did you feed your dog something that helped? I have heard maybe raw food diet could help, that some dogs eat the poo because they don’t digest all the protein in kibble. I clean up the yard multiple times a day. My older dog thinks it’s gross too. Any suggestions would be welcomed and just to know I’m not the only one who has a puppy that does this...
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  3. Chris B

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    You need to break the habit and the only way to do this is to go out with her and clean up before she gets the chance to eat it
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    My ex-kennel bitch came with a 'poo eater' warning, and it was not just her own! At six years of age, I thought I wouldn't be able to change her, but I am pleased to say that she is now about 90% free of the habit - though three years on, I still haven't cured her from grabbing a little of the horse or rabbit stuff.
    As Chris says, the best way is to stay with them while they perform, and pick it up straight away. I always carry food rewards in my pocket, so I make a really big fuss of her when she does do her poo, and I never fail to reward her. This has led to her being so keen for me to see it, that she will now leave it untouched to earn the reward. If she shows any undue interest in other animal's poo, I deter her with a low, disgusted, 'Ugh, Dirty', and this has proved fairly successful, - apart from rabbit poo, which is everywhere, and so small that she can spot it before I do.
    My older male has not had this habit since his puppy days, but just lately, at ten years old, he has become secretive about going, and will try to grab a small piece of his own, before I can pick it up. I'm afraid that this has put me in a quandary - do I carry on rewarding him for his poo, or say, 'Nothing for that', for grabbing a piece?
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    I agree with above comments.
    The best thing to do is to clean up after her as quickly as you can.
    I would train her the leave command, might help to keep her on a line when outside, let her poo if she turns around to eat it give the command ‘leave and gently but quickly pull her away repeat until she gets the message, also keep your eye on her during a walk for other dogs poo. Hopefully she will eventually grow out of it.
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    Back to the training, Carole :). Do the same as you did with Merry and he will quickly catch on
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    Thanks Chris, you are right, and I have been using, 'Nothing for That' lately. He makes it difficult by being so secretive about going on his own property. I have to pretend to look elsewhere, or he will pace about for ages looking shifty. Of course, he does have a fairly major bowel complaint, but on a walk he behaves perfectly naturally, and would never attempt to grab any. Fortunately, most of his poos do take place on a walk.
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    My dog used to eat poos, but he grew out of it. It's a horrible habit!
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    Pereg was a poo eater - she used to stand behind Lexi waiting for it to drop so she could have it "straight from the oven" as it were, but never her own. After Lexi died she still ignored her own poo until I changed her onto raw, but being raw fed she only did small poos and waited until the sun had turned them nice and crispy, when she would sometimes crunch one.

    Tikva has never shown any signs of wanting to eat hers, minute as they are!

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