Why Your Dachshund Eats Poop
It’s relatively common behavior for dogs to eat their own poop. So if your dachshund eats its own poop then you’re not alone. You have probably wondered why dogs do it, or even how they could possibly do so. While it’s a practice we find revolting, it’s a signal that something may be amiss, like a sign of deep anxiety or a nutritional deficiency. So if your dachshund eats its own poop be alert to the causes of this disgusting, generally unsafe behavior (known as coprophagia)!
Why Dogs Eat Poop
While there can be a number of reasons the two simplest explanations are:-
- Your dachshund is hungry
- Your dachshund is trying to keep their “personal” space clean and tidy
These are two factors over which you have total control. So if your dachshund has resorted to the drastic measure of eating their own excrement to look after themselves, then you must very quickly and properly act to prevent a recurrence. Correct feeding and cleaning are very simple to achieve.
However, there may be underlying health problem, like your dachshund not getting enough nutrients. Despite being given proper nutritious diet, parasites or worms can steal the goodness out of their food leaving them deficient. A relatively common , but easily treated problem.
Some dachshund dogs may develop an anxious habit where they actually try to copy you. Because they have seen you pick up their poop, they try to copy your behavior, in the only way they can. They could also be mimicking the behavior of other dogs they may have observed eating their own poop.
The important thing to know is that no matter why dogs eat poop in your household, the problem can be solved relatively easily.
How to Adjust the Behavior
If your dog likes to eat poop, the first thing you should do is check for any health problems. This is especially true if the dog never did it before and has started recently. Dogs that eat poop regularly could have worms or other parasites or may not have enough food. See your vet to determine why this is happening and then treat it immediately.
If your vet gives your dachshund a clean bill of health, they don’t have any other problems that could lead directly to the issue, and they don’t stop doing it, you need to address whatever other problems might be causing them to eat poop. You may have to do some detective work to try to figure out the cause in your dachshund’s case.
Begin by doing obvious things, like keeping your yard clean of poop. Remove the poop every day, check the paths near your home and collect and dispose of any poop your dog leaves. It doesn’t matter why dogs eat poop if it is not a health problem – it is behavioral and can be treated by removing the source of the problem.
Adjusting the Behavior
Ultimately, removing the cause of the problem is the easiest way to solve your dog’s coprophagia issues, but if you frequently take you dog to dog parks or let them off the leash outside, you’ll want to take more advanced steps. Be consistent, watch them carefully and by all means, don’t let them lick your face.
Alternatively, you can take other measures to stop the bad habit . It might seem strange that bitter apple and cayenne pepper would be worse tasting for a dog than the poop, but they are. Additionally, if you feed you dog a spoonful of pumpkin puree a day, the poop will taste much less appealing to them. You can use aversion therapy like, spraying them with a water bottle or use a sharp “No!” whenever they start to eat poop.