Positively Contributor Steve Dale answers a question about a dog's unpleasant poop-eating habit.
Question: Venus, our almost 2-year old German Shepherd dog enjoys eating her poop, or eats from the cat box. That doesn’t seem right. What can we do to stop this desire? K. L., Lake Zurich, IL
Answer: The problem described is surprisingly common. It even has a fancy name: coprophagia.
No one knows for sure why some dogs begin to sample their own feces, or for that matter relish in eating feces of other species. Of course, cat poo is especially enticing to many dogs (likely because cat food has so much protein). Once tasted, some dogs decide it‘s a delicacy. Some dogs even have preferences, such as frozen poopsicles in winter.