Coprophagia is the term for dogs that eat their own poop – a disgusting habit that many experts and dog owners alike do not completely understand. There are several theories, however. Read all about them to keep your Puggle puppy from this terrible habit.
Some experts believe dog that eat their own waste do so because of a lack of nutrients in their diet. Since they’re not getting the vitamins they need from the food, your dog make seek out other things to eat to supplement that, such as his poop, dirt, grass and even rocks. Check your Puggle puppy food to ensure it has all the vitamins and nutrients he needs. If you’re unsure, talk to your vet about a higher quality food.
Others guess that this behavior comes is strictly instinct. Dogs and wolves in the wild will sometimes eat their own waste in order to confuse predators. Predators can track their prey by smell and removing the smell of the waste is a way to keep their den, or yard, safe from predator detection. If this is the reason, the solution is simple: pick up after Puggle puppies in your yard. This will keep him from eating it and make him feel safer from those predators he feels may be lurking.
Puggle puppies may also eat their own poop because they’re hungry. Many dog owners feed their pups only once per day. And while Puggle puppies may be getting enough food, they feel they aren’t eating often enough and replace food with pooh. Try splitting the amount of food your Puggle puppy eats in to two or three meals per day. This will help your pup to feel that he’s eating more while still maintaining a healthy weight.
There’s no question about it – it’s a disgusting habit. But understanding the reasoning behind this behavior will make you better able to put it to an end and live a happy, healthy and better smelling life with your Puggle puppy!