Table of Contents
- Best Deterrents for Dogs Eating Poop: Winners
- Why Dogs Eat Poop
- Best Coprophagia Deterrents to Stop Stool Eating
- Natural Homemade Coprophagia Deterrent
- All Leashed Up
- Keep the Yard Clean
Though a disgusting habit, dogs eating feces is not that unusual and in some cases is a natural behavior.
Studies have shown that 1 in 6 dogs consume feces regularly and 1 in 4 dogs have been found eating stool at least once.
So, if this is a challenge you are dealing with you are not alone.
I have dealt with this issue with three of my dogs, so it is a challenge I am quite familiar with, but I will say that it can be resolved.
This article covers the common reasons why dogs eat poop, the best coprophagia deterrent products on the market, and excellent natural coprophagia deterrent options.
Why Dogs Eat Poop
There are a variety of reasons veterinarians believe dogs take part in this behavior; some of the most common theories include:
- Puppies who have learned the behavior from the mother dog (often in these cases puppies will outgrow this within the first year)
- Dogs who spend excessive amounts of time in confined areas
- Dogs seeking attention
- Some breeds are more prone to coprophagia, like Border Collies and Shelties.
- Behavior issues such as anxiety
- Change in their home or lifestyle causing stress eating.
However, studies have also reflected that dogs in multi-dog houses tend to be more prone to coprophagia, which makes sense since 85% of dogs that eat feces eat other dogs’ and not their own.
Two of the most instinctual and natural causes of coprophagia in multi-dog households are mothers cleaning up after their young and healthy dogs cleaning up after older or sick dogs to protect the pack.
But sometimes, when dogs eat poop, it could be a symptom of a health issue. So, if your dog suddenly decides to take part in this behavior, it is best to consult your veterinarian.
Best Coprophagia Deterrents to Stop Stool Eating
Natural Homemade Coprophagia Deterrent
I prefer trying home remedies and here are few things to try at home.
You may notice that I did not include Adolph’s meat tenderizer, and that’s because our dogs don’t need the added salt and sugar in their diet, neither of which aid in deterring coprophagia.
The ingredient that makes dogs dislike eating their poop is an enzyme found in pineapple.
Pineapple causes a dog’s poop to be even more unappealing due to an enzyme called bromelain.
Plus, an added benefit of pineapple is that it is an anti-inflammatory.
I have tried this and it worked for a while, but my dogs didn’t love eating pineapple daily.
Though pineapple is one of the more effective remedies, it does contain a significant amount of natural sugar, making it a less favorable option for dogs with diabetes or weight issues.
Pineapple is best for dogs who have allergies and for dog parents looking for a natural and safe remedy for their dog’s coprophagia.
All Leashed Up
An almost foolproof way to get your dog to stop eating poop is to keep your dog on a leash.
Though highly inconvenient, especially in the rain and snow, it works well for dogs who are serious poop eaters.
Keeping your dog on a leash allows you to monitor and work on behavior modification, which is the best coprophagia deterrent.
Keep the Yard Clean
Cleaning up immediately after your dog goes to the bathroom can be very time consuming for you but will keep your dog from eating excrement.
It is best if you work on behavior modification during this time to help eliminate this issue.
There are some excellent coprophagia deterrent options available, so finding the right one for your dog should be easy.
But I will caution you that many dogs return to eating poop when their owners stop using the supplement.
For those with dogs who resume this horrid behavior, then behavior modification is the only way to completely eliminate this issue.
I think the best coprophagia deterrent is using both a supplement while also working on impulse control to get your dog out of the habit of eating poop.
To learn more about behavior modification, check out our Brain Training for Dogs review!
What Can I Spray to Stop My Dog from Eating Poop?
You can try hot sauce, cayenne powder, apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice.
However, it is vital to note that all piles need to be treated until your dog stops showing interest.
Why Does Pineapple Stop Dogs from Eating Poop?
An enzyme in pineapple called bromelain makes your dog’s poop unappetizing to them.
Does Canned Pineapple Stop Dogs from Eating Poop?
No. Fresh pineapple is best for deterring your dog from coprophagia.
When pineapple is canned, it is exposed to heat, which impacts the effectiveness of bromelain.
Still Have Questions?
Ask a Vet!