Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Marc, As revolting as we humans may find the behaviour of consuming faeces, and as terrible as it can make our dogs breathe smell, to a dog this is simply normal instinctive behaviour. We need to bear in mind that a dog is essentially a scavenger, and will take advantage of virtually any food sources it can find, although not all dogs consume faeces, or on a regular basis. Many wild animals engage in this behaviour, especially when food resources may be scarce. The faeces may then become a source of missing nutrients and proteins which can help it to sustain life. There is a term which is used for this behaviour which is Coprophagia – sounds better than eating poo! Many pups engage in this behaviour and more often than not grow out of the habit.
All dogs engaging in this behaviour should first and foremost be examined by your local vet to ascertain that there are no medical reasons for the behaviour.
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