Dog Behavior – Coprophagia (Poop Eating)

May 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Dog Behavior

Coprophagia is the practice of eating feces. It is one of the most misunderstood behaviors in dogs. Many puppies engage in coprophagia because it is common for their mothers to eat the feces of their young as a way to keep the den clean, and they are mimicking that behavior. It is also a way for the puppy to explore its surroundings. Most dogs will eat the feces of other animals (particularly cats, other dogs, sheep and horses. Many modern commercial diets are so loaded with vitamins and minerals that will not be fully digested on the first passage; this […]

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