Fridays with Frank: Oh, poop.

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Poop.

I love it. In fact, I love it so much that my humans have to run behind me with a bag to scoop it up so I don’t eat it.

The living room tends to be cluttered with my toys. I'm like a toddler, except worse, because I will never ever pick up my toys.

The living room tends to be cluttered with my toys. I’m like a toddler, except worse, because I will never ever pick up my toys.

When we’re on walks, though, they usually don’t get to the dog poop before I do. Score! Sometimes going for a walk is like strolling through a buffet line. If someone is standing behind you screaming every time you pick up the serving spoon, that is.

Eating dog poop actually has a name: Coprophagia. So I’m a coprophagiac. I can live with that.

My human, however, cannot. That being said, there are some “tricks” to get me off my poop-eating routine. Can’t wait. (I’m being sarcastic.)

One is unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, which can be added to my morning meal (a teaspoon per 30 pounds of body weight, so two teaspoons for me) to restore the correct pH to my digestive tract (assuming I eat poop because of a digestive issue). I’m not sure how I feel about that. Sure sounds delicious. (More sarcasm.)

Coprophagia Chews

These “lip smackin” dog chews could help stop stool eating. Know what that means? When I mention them, I’m going to throw an affiliate link at you. Which means if you click on it, I might earn a little pocket change so I can buy some dog treats. Totally up to you.

Another is supplements, such as Coprophagia Deterrent Chews. It has mixed reviews, but it seems like it might be worth a shot. It says it deters poop eating but I’m not sure how. Then there’s ForBid, which gives stools an unpleasant taste. This also gets mixed reviews, although it is frequently recommended by veterinarians. Interestingly, one reviewer mentioned that mixing canned pumpkin with their dog’s food did the trick.

My human’s plan is to try to correct the poop eating behavior through training. As in, start using a clicker and the “Leave it” command. At least I’ll get a lot of treats along the way.

For the record, eating my own poop isn’t terribly risky (just gross), but eating strange poop is. I can get parasites that way. Blech.

This is my playground.

This is my playground, as you can see.

Which is why the best way to get me to stop eating poop is to not have it so readily available. As in, pick it up. Ya know, when your dog poops. Just throwing it out there, just a thought. (I’m now using sarcasm to make light of a serious situation.)

Until next week, I’ll be trying to fight the urge to snack on things I find on my walk. Mainly so I don’t make the crazy lady walking me freak out.

P.S. You can check out last week’s column if you’re so inclined. Or my first column. I was so cute!

 

 

 

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