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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:16 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi everyone - first ever time starting a topic so please be gentle!

I have a bit of a funny topic that I was hoping someone might be able to help me with. My girl Fifi is quite consistently seeking out and eating her doody out of the garden. Has anyone ever experienced this before? I have heard conflicting things but maybe some kind of nutritional deficiency?

On a side note, how did so many of you make your signature pics?! I need one!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:14 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Very Happy Welcome Cathy and Fifi - poo is always a " hot " topic on here Rolling Eyes , and while I cant help you, there will be lots of folk with good ideas as to why and what you should do about it.... Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:13 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi Cathy and Fifi, welcome to the FBC Very Happy Can you tell us what you are feeding Fifi please? Sometimes they eat their pooh because some of the ingredients are not properly digested so it is still attractive to them as food. Another reason can be due to being kept in dirty conditions in the first few weeks of life. Has she always done it or is it a new thing for her? You don't say how old she is. Does she eat other dogs pooh or just her own?

You can creat your own siggy pic, I think it's somewhere in the profile where you add it, it does have to be a certain size though I believe. Sorry I'm not very techie (mine was made for me I just added it) others will have more advice I'm sure.

A photo would be nice too Very Happy of Fifi not the pooh Rolling Eyes Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:51 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi Cathy, a lot seem to do that now and then. Could be her diet, try a teaspoon of Kelp powder on her main meal, that may help. Won't hurt her anyway, it's good for them.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:09 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi there have had two pups do this briefly, it has a name but I can't remember it . I was told that it is not done from deficiencies but just a dirty habit and should be stopped. I just used to shout "NO" and they stopped quickly. It doesn't make for nice kisses... Shocked Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:46 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Ask Mr Google about copophragia ( poo eating ) in dogs...

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:53 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Not a very pleasant habit, but fairly common, particularly amongst youngsters I think - it's called coprophagia.

One easy trick which may help, as long as Fifi is not a fussy eater (well, obviously she's not, but you know what I mean Wink ) is a tablespoon or two of crushed pineapple or pumpkin added to her food - you need the higher dose of pumpkin, lower of pineapple. Easier if the food is wet, rather than kibble I guess, unless she happens to like pineapple / pumpkin. Apparently they really dislike it when it comes out the other end. May be worth a try though.

Training is ideal, and fine if she is doing it when out on a walk, but as it's happening in the garden then, unless you never let her out unless accompanied by you, it would be difficult to use discipline to break this habit.

Let us know how you get on. Oh, and welcome.

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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 10:44 am Reply with quoteBack to top

My Honorary Beardie Miss You is a Lowchen who joined my household when she was 3 years old after living in what I'll briefly describe as "not very good conditions" Evil or Very Mad . When she arrived here, she hadn't been house trained at all and used to wee and poo wherever she was when the need arose... I soon noticed that when she pooed in the house during the night, she ate it and only left a few remains which I found in the morning... A behaviourist told me that it could have quite a few causes, one of them being that she may have been punished (I prefer not to think how) when she did it where she lived before. Of course I never said anything whenever that happened and pretended I hadn't noticed anything, and cleaned the mess while she was outside. House training took quite a few weeks as sje was an adult dog, but since the good habit has settled in, she has never again eaten her own poo. You don't give details about your Fifi, but is she is a rescue dog, for example, this habit might date from her previous life...

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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 10:58 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Aww Nina, I think Miss You needs a cyber-hug from me...and one for you also....awww xx

( I would say, a kiss on her nose, but only if you are sure she is...ah....over that behaviour.... Shocked Smile xx)

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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 4:12 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

judy g wrote:
( I would say, a kiss on her nose, but only if you are sure she is...ah....over that behaviour.... Shocked Smile xx)


Definitely over, Judy! Wink Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 4:16 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Very Happy then, mwah! xx

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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 4:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

"Thank you, Auntie Judy, slurrrppp to you!" says Miss You. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 8:02 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Very Happy awww, bunny! xx

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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 6:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for such a lot of kind and considered responses. After reading this (and consulting Mr Google) I think it is most likely something to do with her nutritional balance being off.

Fifi is a rescue (unwanted from 1st home) so not 100% sure what her early days were like. We were given some James Wellbeloved dry food to carry on with for the first few weeks, but it's been around 3 months so we are probably going to make a change soon. I have been thinking about introducing raw but unsure as to whether she will take to it judging by some early initial experiments! Are there any brands that you know as being more palatable than others?

Thanks again for the help!
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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 8:27 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Glad you're getting something sorted I find my lot love their raw food doesn't matter what make/type for them! I have just discovered Poppys Picnic raw food which appears to be of excellent quality and very well accepted Very Happy

https://poppyspicnic.co.uk/

Nutriment is also very good:

http://www.nutriment.co/dog-range/

Hope you find something she likes, I think it would certainly stop her Poo eating as it is so well digested there is little waste product!

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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 8:30 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Shocked ...not much poo?? Jacquie! What will we talk about, then? Cool

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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 9:27 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I still say Kelp powder works, a teaspoon on the main meal, heaped spoon.

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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 9:39 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Not heard about that one, Pam - what is the science behind it, as it were?

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 4:40 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Don't know Judy, but kelp is good for their skin, coats and lots of things.

It has lots things. Also good for pigment.

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 6:21 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Just to add to that I always give it to my new puppy when I get one. If you have a puppy who's pigment is slow in developing, it is marvellous. Not that I've ever had that problem. I just give it for health reasons.

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 9:21 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Okay, thanks - interesting!

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 11:07 am Reply with quoteBack to top

judy g wrote:
Shocked ...not much poo?? Jacquie! What will we talk about, then? Cool


Oh heck, hadn't thought of that one Confused

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 6:20 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Confused , Is right!! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 3:06 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks so much Jacquietwig! Really appreciate your recommendations! Fingers crossed we get to the bottom of it. Will see if I can get her to tuck into Nutriment first (only because I have seen others recommend too).

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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 12:37 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

It will be interesting to see if it makes a difference do keep us updated. If she is a bit reluctant to eat it you could try just blasting it briefly in the microwave, not enough to cook it due to the bone content, but just enough to bring out the smell. Wink

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