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    There's no nice way to say it: Charlie eats Bella's poo. Doesn't touch his own, but eats hers as she's doing them. Seriously, stands behind her and actually eats them as they're coming out. It's so disgusting.

    It's been going on for so long and I'm starting to reach breaking point. We try a firm loud "no" when we catch him, but all this does is upset Bell and put her off. We've tried pineapple, yoghurt and charchol but none seems to actually work. The problem is too, that Bella can be a bit of a fusspot, so she'll eat a bit of pineapple but not enough. I'm currently pouring the juice over her food to see if that works..

    I'm hoping desperately that he grows out of it, but he's been doing it since he was about 10 weeks old.

    Anyone know what I can do? It's just so gross...

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    It may be gross to us but to some dogs it is quite normal. Aside from always being on the alert and pooper scooping, trying to substitute something more doggy appealing when it happens I can not really help.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I'm sure there are others who will be here that can give you much better advice that I can.
    My advice will a bit unorthadox, but hey, I've seen it work!

    Try and put Charlie away (as inside house or crate or whatever) when Bell is ready to do her faeces. once she has done it, pour either tabasco sause over it, or sprinkle it very liberally with pepper.
    Then let Charlie out.

    May work for Charlie, may not, but worth a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    I'm sure there are others who will be here that can give you much better advice that I can.
    My advice will a bit unorthadox, but hey, I've seen it work!

    Try and put Charlie away (as inside house or crate or whatever) when Bell is ready to do her faeces. once she has done it, pour either tabasco sause over it, or sprinkle it very liberally with pepper.
    Then let Charlie out.

    May work for Charlie, may not, but worth a try.
    Thanks DA - I think it's just about come to this point. He's just so fast though! He's usually there behind her, eating away before we even know what's going on. *sigh* I think I need to spend some money and put a screen door on the balcony. We leave the door open when we're home (for fresh air, a nice breeze, etc) and so they go in and out as they please.

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    We also have one that treats the other dogs as Mr Whippy vending machines - Eeeeewwwwwww!

    We have never been able to stop it. I will see if I can find the other threads in relation to this as I am sure I have posted heaps of info on this before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    We also have one that treats the other dogs as Mr Whippy vending machines - Eeeeewwwwwww!

    We have never been able to stop it.
    I will see if I can find the other threads in relation to this as I am sure I have posted heaps of info on this before.
    Nnnooooooooo!!! It has to be stopped! It has to!!! lol

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    Well, it has been said over the decades that coprophogia is caused by a lack of vitamins and minerals in the dogs diet - however, I have never once seen facts or csientific confirmation in any way that the age-old belief is remotely true.

    Something worth lookin into and studying further, IMO.

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    Very true, I've looked up so much stuff about it and it all just seems to come to the conclusion of "noone has any idea". I often wonder if he's just hungry, although we feed him the right amount for his size and it's Eukenuba so it's meant to be good. However, he threw up in the car yesterday (speedhumps got to him) and when I went to clean it up I noticed a lot of what was there was still whole - little bugger basically inhales his food instead of chewing. So tonight I am going to try slowing down his intake to make him actually chew it (thanks to the advice of members on this forum ) and I'll see if that makes any sort of difference...

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    You could also try feeding Charlie some cooked pumpkin. That's supposed to help reduce the urge. And maybe some carrots, just for some variety.

    Chop the pineapple or paw paw up very fine and mix it thoroughly with Bella's food. You might have to add something yummy with it like the happy paws powder, or stock powder (less than a teaspoonful). I've not heard of yoghurt or charcoal making any difference.

    Slowing Charlie's eating down could help.

    My neighbour has had problems like this with his beagles. I did feed the poo eater some up market dog food and some carrot, and made the speed eater slow down (so her food was better digested and less exactly like the same thing going in as coming out), and I think that helped but I'm not entirely sure.

    It could also be habit for him now. And that will be hard to stop. Try a long range pump action water pistol or squirty bottle. You should be able to hit him or near enough to distract him without putting Bella off.

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    We had a pup who was terrible for this. Yuk.

    One thing stopped her and she has never done it again - Livamol.

    It's a dietary supplement for all animals, but you'll most likely find it at a horse feed store.

    I'm sure there's lots of reasons that dogs do this, but it's worth a try. I ended up giving it to all out dogs and they looked lovely.

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