No one knows exactly why dogs consume feces (coprophagia) but there are a few theories. These include exploratory behavior, creating a balance within intestinal flora, and that the feces just taste good to the pet. The behavior usually starts in puppyhood, but can become habit forming and continue into adulthood. To control the behavior, you can try sprinkling meat tenderizer onto the food of the dog whose feces are being consumed. There are also several over the counter products which claim to stop coprophagia, but they have varied success. The best method is to simply clean up all feces promptly so your dog doesn’t have a chance to eat them.
Guest VET: Dr. Star Gregory