The Scoop on Poop

December 14, 2013 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

The top recommendation for preventing a gross behavior: 24% of dogs eat poop according to a study by Dr. Benjamin Hart who is a board certified veterinary behaviorist at the University of California, Davis. 16% of dogs are “serious stool eaters,” which means the canines were observed eating poop five times or more. This trait in dogs, also called coprophagia, showed up the most in shelties and border collies.

Hart also studied the use of commercial anti-coprophagia agents and found that only 2% of owners reported that these products worked for them. The same can be said for behavior modification methods such as yelling and chasing your dog or using electronic collars. Dr. Hart suggests cleaning up after your dog to be the best option in preventing your dog from eating their stool. That’s the scoop on poop.

Dr. Hart presented his finding at the 2012 American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s symposium.

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