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Poo-eating poodle - update

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GeorgianMumto5 Thu 27-Mar-14 10:01:55

A little while back I posted about ddog (one of the poodles currently taking over on mumsnet doghouse) and his appalling penchant for crapsnacks. Since then, I've had a fair measure of success in steering him away from this foul habit, so I thought I'd share what we'd done, in case anyone remembers the original thread, or is having similar difficulties.

Firstly, I convinced ddog that all poos are my personal property - that I was the magnate of muck or princess of poop. I did this by being incredibly swift to pick up his own (I wasn't slack before, but I got faster), sometimes placing a foot between the dog and the poo, to prevent access, and saying, 'Leave it!'

Secondly, on walks I took a supply of high value treats and treated him as soon as I took him off the lead. Someone pointed out that the majority of dog poos are at the start of a walk, so I didn't have to keep this up for the whole walk - just at the start, finish and at any 'walk intersections'. I continued calling him back and treating him every few seconds (useful recall practise for recall too, as it turned out). This meant his focus was on me, not on the crapsnacks, and my focus was on him. If he approached a pile of poo, I gave a stern, 'leave it!' and then said, 'treat!' and rewarded him.

He's a fast learner, so by the second day had learned to anticipate the treats and was much more interested in me, much less interested in the poos. Now I no longer have to reward him as much, as he's less interested in the poo. He's even got to the point where he can sniff it for information, but resist the urge to scarf it down.

Has it cured him completely? No, he still finds the occasional turd too tempting to leave, the dirty minger, and there are some places I no longer walk him, because they are frequented by an excessive number of lazy, turd-leaving dog walkers. However, it has made such a big difference to how I feel about our walks. I'm back to loving them and eagerly anticipating them. The one downside is that Ds likes to inform people that his mum, 'owns all the poo in the village.'

VivaLeBeaver Thu 27-Mar-14 12:38:32

I'm glad it's working. I think I'd struggle to do there are 8 dogs on our morning walk with friends - I'd have a pack of dogs trampling me for treats.

I muzzled my crap eating mutt this morning. Wasn't impressed but it stopped him.

bottersnike Thu 27-Mar-14 13:20:18

Our (otherwise mostly gorgeous) poodle does this too, with his favourite being eating what the neighbour's cats leave in our front garden. Truly revolting.

We've tried the additional praise / reward thing on our walks too, and it's helped slightly, as has avoiding areas of the village where people seem unable to pick up after their dog.

Now all we have to do is keep the cats off our garden!

The delights of dog ownership, huh? smile

Snugglepiggy Thu 27-Mar-14 14:32:35

Think I remember your OP.Out of interest how old is your dog? Our 2 springer pups were terrible for pop eating - their own - when tiny.I thought we had it cracked with treats,praise and distraction and was pleased once we left the confines of the garden and hit the wider world they seemed less interested.But now at 5 months the habit is back, particularly the little girl.And before it was their own poo.Now other dogs turds are fair game.Our vet said most dogs outgrow the habit,but after this morning I despair she ever will.I guess they are still very young.
Now I am trying to time walks so they have just been fed as they seem less prone to turd hunting if they have full tummies but maybe that's a co- incidence.Their sense of smell is so amazing obviously due to the breed they find it even in piles of leaves.Im trying not to let it get to me as in every other way they are fantastic little dogs,but have to admit lately it's spoiling my enjoyment of walks.So frustrating !

GeorgianMumto5 Thu 27-Mar-14 14:36:31

Snuggle, he's 8 months. It would be funny if I did all of that and, in reality, he'd just outgrown a phase! grin

Doodlekitty Thu 27-Mar-14 14:48:38

We had issues with this with our poodle cross when she was a baby. Vet suggested giving pineapple as a treat as the enzymes make the poo taste unpleasant (obviously it was her own she ate). She loved the pineapple and it solved the problem really quickly.

GeorgianMumto5 Thu 27-Mar-14 16:55:03

Must be a poodle thing! Nobody ever told me, before I got him, 'They eat poo and yap like mad things, but only at seemingly random events.' All they said was, 'A poodle? I don't like poodles. Oh, you're not going to give it a silly haircut, are you?'to which I thought, 'Yes. Rude and, no, why would I?' grin

pickles184 Fri 28-Mar-14 11:59:50

Sadly not limited to poodles, my american bulldog has this revolting habit. Mostly his own, when fresh, only interested in warm or other species poop here. I have tried the pineapple thing, it would appear he likes the foulness as it made no difference, ditto for sprinkling pepper over it..
Being quick to pick up is the only effective way with his disgustingness. If he's off his lead he actually legs it far enough away before he does his business so that he has time to scoff before I can get to him. I'd disown him, but he has enough redeeming traits that almost make up for his turd munching hmm

LokiDokey Fri 28-Mar-14 12:47:57

My Scottie does this too, he's 5 months. As he's pad trained overnight he will frequently eat a night turd and it's a race to get to the day ones before him.
I'm going to change his food and see if that helps, but in the meantime I think I'll try a tin of pineapple chunks.

GeorgianMumto5 Fri 28-Mar-14 13:15:28

Good luck, folks!

LokiDokey Sat 29-Mar-14 20:22:42

Small update....

Gave Murph a pineapple ring yesterday and one today. All poos present and correct and none have been nibbled on <boak>
Remind me why I paid £8 for some crappy tablets that did feck all when a tin of pineapple rings did the trick!

GeorgianMumto5 Sat 29-Mar-14 23:47:44

smile

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