Dogs are wonderful but some of the things that we do can take a little getting used to. One huge example is poop-eating. Dogs love eating poop and how can you stop it? Well, the good news is that you CAN stop your dog from eating their own poop (we just can’t guarantee they won’t eat OTHER dogs poop). So what’s the secret? Let’s talk about putting Accent meat tenderizer on dog food to stop your pooch from eating a poop!
Why do dogs eat poop, anyways?
There are actually a number of reasons why your dog is eating poop. If this behavior is completely new and you’ve had your dog awhile, it could mean a vitamin deficiency, diabetes, malabsorption problems, or simply parasites. If you think that this might be the case then a trip to the vet is in order.
Other reasons why dogs and pups eat poop
Barring dietary and other health issues, there are some further reasons why your doggy may be choosing to dung-dine. Sometimes it can be a sign of the following:
- Potty training anxiety – If you’ve lost your temper a few times during potty training (it can happen to the best of us) or adopted your doggy and their potty training involved aggressive punishment, then your dog might be eating poop to ‘hide the evidence’. Time and trust will take care of this but you will need to be patient.
- Eating too close to poop – If the area where your dog is eating is an area where the dog or other dogs sometimes poop then your pup might be associating the scent with their food. In this case moving their bowl will help to eventually wean them of this behavior.
- Living with another sick or old dog – Sometimes dogs will eat poop from sick or older dogs which they live with. We aren’t 100% sure, but the theory on this is that they are ‘protecting the pack’ by hiding the droppings from potential predators.
- To get your attention – Your dog could just be trying to get a rise out of you and if this is the case the best thing that you can do is to resist the urge to go ‘aggh!!’ when you see your dog munching a meadow-muffin. A little more playtime might solve this problem as well if your personal schedule has been too busy of late for a little quality time with your pooch.
- A reaction to isolated existence – Dogs that spend a lot of time in kennels or time-out can start acting out by eating their poop. If this is the case, try to limit crate time to 15 minute sessions or if it’s unavoidable, try stocking a few more toys and maybe ask a friend to take your furry buddy on a walk when you are stuck at work. Your dog can get stir-crazy just like anyone else, so see if a little more freedom takes care of the issue.
Now that we have gone over a list of reasons, lets talk about some strategies. We’ll start with the meat tenderizer trick!
Meat tenderizer will stop my dog from eating poop?!
Actually, meat tenderizer on dog food has a pretty good chance of preventing them from eating their own. It’s a sneaky tactic, as meat tenderizer hidden in dog food makes it taste yummy ‘going in’. Once it comes back out, however, that meat tenderizer makes
” The tenderizer scent will put them off from eating it.”
your dog poop smell different to your furry friend and they are less likely to eat it. So, how much meat tenderizer should you put on dog food? It will vary from dog to dog but generally just a liberal sprinkle will do it. After that you’ll have to test the results by walking your dog around the backyard a little to see what happens when your dog finds a brownie-poo (aghh!). With a little luck the tenderizer scent will put them off from eating it.
What if my dog is still likes the poop or likes it MORE?!
Well, there is always the chance that your dog really, really likes the meat tenderizer, in which case there are other food additives that you can try. A few examples are as follows:
- Anise extract (a drop or two)
Alternately, you can make the poop less attractive
You can also try a bit of aversion therapy by adding a few things to poops in the yard that you haven’t had a chance to clean yet. Try adding a few drops of Tabasco sauce, for instance. Cayenne pepper is also an additive that might do the trick, just make sure it’s on top of the poop and not hidden in food. Ginger extract can give poop a super weird smell as well and might dissuade them from gobbling it up. Check around your kitchen and get creative! Remember, the world smells very, very different to dogs, so look for things like curry and other aromatic items in your spice cabinet. With a little experimentation it is possible that your dog will stop trying to eat their poo and carry this behavior on even after you’ve stopped spiking their poos.
Some final thoughts
While it takes a strong stomach to see your furry friend gobbling down poos, take heart and give our tips to try. You might find that the answer was just a little garlic or meat tenderizer, or as simple as a little more playtime. Above all you will need to be patient when you are trying to rectify this behavior. Training your dog takes time and if you lose your temper during the process then your dog will become frightened, lose a little trust in you, and you’ll find yourself back at square one. Just be patient and persistent and before you know it you’ll be ready for a new article on ‘how to stop my dog from eating my shoes’!