You’re watching your dog run around in the yard trying to find a place to relieve himself. It’s not the most fun thing in the world to stand outside in the freezing cold temperatures while your dog does its business. To make matters even worse you just saw your dog eat its poop. What the heck is going on?
You go through a range of emotions. You all of a sudden feel a little ill because your dog sleeps in your bed and licks your face in the morning. All you can think about is brushing your dog’s teeth and washing your face as quickly as possible.
So what’s the deal? You have never seen your dog do anything like this and you wonder why now all of a sudden it is deciding to eat its own waste.
Have you ever noticed how neat and tidy your pet’s space is? Really take a look. If you kennel your dog at night and it has an accident chances are that’s the reason that it has starting eating its own stool. The most obvious way for your dog to keep its space clean in a situation like that is to eat the mess that it created.
Because of the winter months it is also harder for your dog to go outside and play. This causes stress because their environment has essentially become your home for the winter. While they love to be inside, a change of pace can sometimes trigger bad behavior and cause your dog to act out in ways that it never has before. The same can be true if you introduce a new animal or even a new baby into the home.
There are products out there that can help you break your dog of this behavior. Instead of using chemicals try some behavior therapy first. Take your dog on more walks, change the food it’s eating, or maybe incorporate a multi-vitamin. Remember to exercise your dog as often as you can in the cold months. Allowing them to get more play time may be the answer to the problem.