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I have 10 months GSD and he eats potty whenever he gets an opportunity,help?

Hi I have 10 months GSD and he eats potty whenever he gets an opportunity to do so. Though I take all precautions to take him timely out for a walk for potty outside at designated area but sometimes when I am late then he does potty in the area where he is left free, he always eats it. Not sure what to do. To my understanding it is considered as lack of training but not sure what to do to fix the problem permanently. Thanks.
By Vikas · 24 Feb 2012 12:13 am


By Suraj · 24 Feb 2012 12:38 am
Give a tug on leash when he go near pee or try to eat it, leave him to go near by, as soon as he smells give a tug on leash or make a loud noice or roll a paper and small tut on his nose
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By Ayon Saha · 24 Feb 2012 1:58 am
.......yeah and ask him to move back (by this time he should understand or know this commands) and praise when he does that....
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By David · 24 Feb 2012 9:15 am
It also depends on how and where u feed him. Feed him in a clean place. He must be controled not to eat any thing without comand. If you practice that habit with him he will not do the mistake again. All the best.
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By Vikas · 24 Feb 2012 10:38 am

I always serve him in vessel and in clean place. But let me try to work on your suggestion where he only eats with my command. Infact I have already started it from today morning breakfast.
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By Rajesh Raghupathy · 24 Feb 2012 2:01 pm
Hi Dogs eat poop only when their body is not satisfied with the nutrients they get. This is quite common in puppies and called sacrophagia.Most of the time it is harmless.Often the pup hasn't absorbed all the nutrients for some reason and eats this in order to recoup the stuff he missed.You should also train him not to do it. Walk him on a leash after meals and after naps and correct him when he tries to eat it.
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By Navjot Singh · 26 Feb 2012 12:38 pm
Endorsing the above views of Rajesh, I'd also like to mention that's also the reason why puppies may be found eating mud. If your puppy is calcium deficient you may find him eating mud. Let us know what you feed him. You should introduce either good commercial food like Eukanuba, Royal Canine or items like eggs, chicken, rice ( in less quantity ), curd in his diet. Also speak to your vet about a good supplement for your puppy.
Also, since your puppy is mouthy, it's important for you to deworm him regularly.
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By Sadhish M · 29 Feb 2012 5:34 pm
Technically called coprophagia, the act of eating feces is relatively common in dogs. The reasons behind why some dogs eat feces are not entirely known, but there are a few theories:

Natural Behavior: Mother dogs instinctively lick their pups clean, ingesting their feces. This is a normal behavior that keeps the pups and their environment clean.

Hunger and Food Obsession: A dog suffering from starvation or severe malnutrition might eat anything it can find. Some dogs, though well-nourished, are hungry all the time (this may be a sign of illness or simply the personality of the dog).

Illness: Certain diseases and illnesses can cause a dog to eat feces. A symptom of some diseases is increased appetite or ingestion of inappropriate items.

Anxiety, Fear and Stress: A dog under a great deal of stress may eat his own stool. This may be a kind of self-soothing mechanism in some cases

What are the risks of dogs eating feces?
If a dog eats his own stool, it poses little danger to that dog. However, bacteria and parasites from that stool can technically be transmitted to humans and other animals though contact with that dog's mouth and saliva. If you are unable to keep your dog from eating feces, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly if you are in contact with your dog's mouth/saliva.

When a dog eats the feces of another animal (especially another dog or a cat), he is at risk for ingesting the eggs of intestinal parasites and potentially harmful bacteria that can easily lead to illness. A dog that is known to eat the feces of other animals should have frequent fecal analysis by your veterinarian.

How can I stop my dog from eating feces?
Once you have ruled out medical problems as a cause for the coprophagia, you are left with addressing the behavior. Because coprophagia is generally a self-rewarding behavior, it is difficult to stop. First and foremost, make sure your yard is kept free of animal waste, and pick up your dog's stool as soon as possible after defecation. For dogs that try to eat their own feces during or immediately after defecation, you must be on high alert. Keep your dog on the leash when defecating. If his attention goes to the feces, immediately turn his attention to you (try teaching the "look" command). Reward him for paying attention to you, then immediately pick up the feces and discard it. Another helpful command at this time is "leave it."

Another method to prevent coprophagia is to add something to you dog's diet that makes the stool unpalatable. These products will not work for all dogs, but it will not harm your dog to try (as long as your dog is not allergic to any to the ingredients). Be sure to choose a product that is labeled for dogs, such as "For-Bid" or "Deter."
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By Vikas · 02 Mar 2012 11:14 pm
Guys, heard that Forbid powder helps. Is this powder available easily in India?
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