We love our dogs, but even we have to admit, sometimes they can be pretty disgusting. Drinking from the toilet, dining in the trash, licking their rears… some of their habits really have us asking “why” with a look of repulsion. However, there is nothing to make us cringe and ask “WHY” more than when we see our dear dog…eat their own poop.
No, they’re not hungry, and no it isn’t to gross us out–the reasons why dogs may eat their own poop is both psychological and and behavioral. One reason dog’s eat their own poop may be sheer instinctive. In other words, back before we took them in our comfortable homes, dogs were often scavengers and ate food where it was found, poop included.
A second reason dog’s often dine with their own dung can be due to psychological problems such as anxiety, isolation or they’re seeking attention.
If you think your dog is alone in this habit, you’re wrong. In fact, a 2012 study showed that 16% of dogs are serious “stool eaters” while 24% are more casual.
If your dog is a dung diner, speak to their vet regarding correction methods such as: vitamin supplementation, taste-aversion products, training, etc.