My dog recently started eating her own poop…why?

My mom has a Havanese dog, she’s about a year and 3 months old. Recently, my family and I went on vacation and we left her in a doggie hotel here that is run by professional dog trainers (not a kennel, really), and we had to leave her for about two weeks. She’s a highly stressful dog. My brothers and I came back a week early and picked her up, and she was having problems with diarrhea and she did vomit on occasion. Now that my mom is back, she is 100% better, except I noticed while my mom was gone, the dog tried to eat her own poop. At first it just looked like she was sniffing it but I saw she wasn’t and stopped her. She’s still continuing to do it and I’m just wondering why? I’ve read it can be vitamin deficiencies, stress and anxiety, or could it be something she picked up at the doggie hotel?? How can we get her to stop doing this?
We did take her to the vet while my mother was gone and the doctor put her on some pills
Minus this part she’s been fine since she got back
And her food is food from the vets office

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4 Responses to “My dog recently started eating her own poop…why?”

  1. Lidya says:

    You know I don’t know many things about dogs, but I do know that you should take her/him to a vet. Make sure he’s healthy.

  2. Eric Hill says:

    Your dog probably has a poor diet, don’t feed him with grocery store kibbles and if you do, make sure the first ingredient is real meat

  3. ˙·٠•●♥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄ƷMimiƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♥●•٠·˙ says:

    Feed her pineapple. Its weird but it works.

  4. tigerlily46514 says:

    First off, you need to take dog to vet, to make sure he isn’t sick.

    Then you will have to escort your dog for all potty breaks, and pick up/dispose of all poop right away—until your dog learns the cue “Leave it”.

    ALL DOGS SHOULD KNOW THIS CUE anyway. Could save your dog’s life.

    ~~~~~~~~How to teach “Leave It”~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Get a small handful of hotdog bits or bits of REAL ACTUAL MEAT. Treats must be high value. Treats must be very small, to prevent fat or full dogs. Dogs do NOT care how big a treat is.

    Sit on the floor by your dog.
    Place a low value treat, like a bit of bread, on floor, away from your dog. Place your hand in chop motion between bread and dog, and say “Leave it”.
    Quickly reward and praise your dog for even one or two seconds of not going for the bread. Your dog will catch on quickly.

    Repeat this two more times, first lesson is DONE. You can repeat the lesson a few times each day.

    All lessons should be short ones, ending before your dog becomes frustrated or zones out, only a few minutes. All lessons should be followed by play session, so your dog thinks ‘school’ is fun.

    Overtime, move your self a bit farther from dog’s side. Overtime, make your dog wait a bit longer before getting rewarded, like 5 or 10 seconds, then 20 seconds, and so on.

    Over time, increase the value of the food on the floor, up it to a dog biscuit, then a bit of hotdog, then a bit of meat or cheese. Do NOT advance too quickly, set your dog up for success.

    Overtime, you are now standing up next to your dog…then over time, you are a bit farther from dog.

    Be sure to lavish praise and give high value treats for this behavior, this is NOT easy for your dog, make it worth it for him.

    Then, introduce the item, in this case, bring dog over to the poop, give leave it command.

    Reward with meat bit, and praise.

    ONCE DOG *COMPLETELY* UNDERSTANDs the cue, THEN, and only THEN, you can skip the real meat bit rewards to be only every other time, then every 3rd time, but always praise correct response.

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