Q. My 7 month old puppy keeps eating the poop of my OTHER dog. He'll get at it before I have a chance to pick it up. How can I stop him from doing this?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. It sounds like your pup is experiencing Coprophagia, a very common behavior in puppies. There are several theories as to why a dog may do this ranging from keeping the "den" area clean, trying to find nutrients missed in the stool, or even because it "tastes good" (yuck!). Picking up the stool quickly can help as can keeping your younger dog on a leash when outside if needed. Additional things such as feeding a supplement called FOR-BID to your other dog can help. This packet makes stool unpalatable, and when your puppy attempts to eat it, will deter him from doing so. Teaching "leave it" may also help to stop him before he has a chance to munch on some stool. You can do this through a simple offering of a treat in your hand and asking him to "leave it". Close your hand and wait until he ignores the treat. Once he ignores it, give it to him! He will quickly learn that he can't have something if you tell him not to!