How to stop a dog from eating cat poop

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How to stop a dog from eating cat poop
Coprophagia is a condition in which a dog eats poop. (dog image by Ramona smiers from

One of the grossest things you may ever see is a dog eating poop. There's a name for this sort of behaviour: dog coprophagia. Coprophagia is most common in puppies but can occur at any time in a dog's life. There are ways, though, to get your dog to stop eating cat poop or any type of poop. Proven techniques and even medicine a vet can prescribe can help your dog quit this nasty habit.

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Things you need

  • Cayenne pepper
  • Vinegar
  • Prescription medication
  • Choke collar

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  1. 1

    Feed your dog twice a day and make sure he gets enough exercise, including regular walks.

  2. 2

    Keep the cat's litter box clear of poop.

  3. 3

    Put vinegar and cayenne pepper on the faeces to discourage the dog from eating it.

  4. 4

    Purchase a chemical solution you can feed your cat to discourage coprophagia. The main ingredient is glutamic acid, which causes the poop to become bitter to taste.

  5. 5

    Visit your vet for a prescription for glutamic acid or other medications that have been clinically proven to do the trick.

Tips and warnings

  • If you think commands might work for your dog, try an obedience class offered by the city you live in or hosted at one of the larger pet stores.
  • Some dogs may have to remain on the prescription medication for quite some time, and when they stop taking the pills, they may go back to eating cat poop.
  • Punishing your dog or getting angry does not work. It can make the situation worse.

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