Why is it that some dogs will turn their nose up at a bowl of high quality food that smells so good that even I might consider eating it, yet they will happily graze on their own poo?
Why is it a growing puppy that should be ravenous, will walk away from said bowl of delicious smelling food, only to scavage for missed piles of poo when let outside for a potty break?
Why is it that a less than active, somewhat portly, senior German shepherd will find the same bowl of dog food left behind by aforementioned growing puppy, so incredibly appetizing that she will sneak it at the first inkling of opportunity?
Why is it that the rapidly growing puppy will find the same kibble that was unappetizing in her dish, incredibly delicious if thrown into the opening of a toy, even without the tasty condiments added to make said food more appetizing?
How is it that a dog can seem to know good food, sniffing out and showing a preference for a chunk of steak, chicken, or god forbid, an M&M – yet turn around and use what would seem to be a perfectly fine, fully-functioning tongue to eat the aforementioned poo?
How does that same tongue enjoy both? The tongue that seems to prefer good food, also enjoys the taste of poo? How is that so?
Experts will suggest that dogs that eat their poo may be lacking in certain nutrients. They will suggest that they may need probiotics added to their diet.
Those in the know remind dog owners to be vigilant in their efforts to clean up the waste in the yard.
But then again, they do admit that some dogs simply like the taste of their own poo…..
Speaking from first hand experience with my own German shepherd puppy that is in possession of this wicked habit – the suggestions have been tried – with little to no success.
Despite adding plain yogurt to the food, utilizing high quality kibble and adding an organic beef and brown rice supplement, and over-the-top efforts to keep the yard free of poop – she manages to find it.
If there are none to scavage out of the dark recesses of the yard, she will covertly sneak a taste of those droppings she has just produced.
I fear that she is among the cast of dogs that “simply like the taste”….God help me.
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