Hi;I have a 6 year old Golden with a bad, gross habit. When give the opportunity, the dog will eat it's poop. This is not a new problem with my dog, but it has been getting worse. It is most problimatic in the winter when it (poop) freezes. The problem has gotten worse since I have had my yard fenced, and I let the dog out, and I stay in where it is nice and warm. I guess that when the dog is outside unsupervised, this has caused the problem to worsen.

Now I try to clean the yard every day, but the dog seems to look, and scavage for only one thing, POOP! Today, after I cleaned the yard, the dog did it's business and before I could get to it, it tried to eat a fresh pile. This is a first. The dog is normally only attracted to a frozen pile. During the summer, this hasn't been the problem that it is during the winter. But given the fact that the dog now goes out, mostly unsupervised at night, I know she is getting into trouble, and I fear that the summer may become a problem with the dog eating poop.

I am sorry to have to ask for help on such a gross subject, but I do not know what to do. Is there something I can add to the dogs food to discourage the dog??
Any comments or help are appreciated.
Thanks
Ken Hartz
Bordentown, NJ
They do sell food additives that will make the poop taste really bad to the dog. Might be worth a try.
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Hi; I am sorry to have to ask for help on such a gross subject, but I do not know what to do. Is there something I can add to the dogs food to discourage the dog?? Any comments or help are appreciated.

There are loads of theories why - and my GSD seemed to have very strong territorial associations with it, so ate it to hide herself / hide evidence of others when we first adopted her. As she settled. she stopped until ill health started to affect her digestion and mobility. I wonder a little whether the habit resurfaced as her body began to fail her and intensified as she developed an overwhelming hunger from poor digestion.

It also seems common place in young dogs in multiple dog households.

You say you have a large yard & you don't go out with him? If its so large, why not restrict some of his access to a smaller area for you to keep clean, which might also make him feel more secure - so you'd be tackling the issue on 2 possible fronts.
...but, at the end of the day, it is just something some dogs do and it is not disgusting to them. If you don't like it, don't watch! The book 'Dogs' by Ray & Lorna Coppinger describes their theory that dogs actually evolved from the wolf for this very reason, they preferred an easy life to living on the waste left by humans. They've cut a pretty good existence from living on poo if this is true.
Diana
Of course, if you live in the city like me, the dog poops on walks. That way you can easily stop them.
Is there something I can add to the dogs food to discourage the dog??

I've read that adding rabbit pellets to the dog's food works. Apparently rabbit food contains alfalfa and many think that is the ingredient that does the trick. I do not know the proportions, but I read this on the work-gold subscription email list, and since you have a golden, you may want to subscribe anyway:
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