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Re: Dog eating goose poop

Posted by:  Marie Evans
Posted on:  April 02, 2003 at 17:29:24

In Reply to: Dog eating goose poop
Category:   Behavior Problems
Posted by:  Dave F.
Posted on:  April 02, 2003 at 10:31:28

Question:

: I have a 3 1/2 month old male JRT, and I live in an apartment with about 30 geese. Where I take him out, there is goose poop all over, and it seems like he whines to go out just to eat it.

: I'm trying to find a way to stop him from doing this, but I'm happy he goes to the door to go out when he has to go. He doesn't eat his own, I'm guessing because the goose poop is mainly just grass.

: Any ideas?


Response:

Hi Dave,

AHHH poop! Boy some of these dogs LOVE to eat poop, and especially "wild" poop! LOL!! I have one that loves to eat deer poop and kitty crunches. The other doesn't eat it but rolls in it :(

The best way to deal with this is to make sure your boy is leashed and try to steer him to areas that aren't full of poop. You are going to have to be vigiliant Dave, and really watch him to make sure he doesn't get to the poop.

It's going to take many, many corrections to get him to stop going for it. And even then it's gonna happen every now and then.

I'm not sure how old a dog needs to be before starting heartworm meds but talk with your vet about this. One of the reasons I keep my two terriers on heartworm meds all year long is for the poop eating factor. Heartworm medication not only prevents heartworms but other types of worms too that a dog can pick up. Eating poop is one way they can contract worms.

Regards,
Marie