Nature’s Perfect Pet shared this great article in their latest eblast and we wanted to share it with you!
WHY????? WHY do dogs eat poop?
As all pet owners will know, dogs have a habit of doing weird and wonderful things from time to time – it’s all part of their unique charm and character! However, if there’s one thing that never fails to turn the stomach of any dog owner, it’s when they find their beloved dog eating poop. In some cases it’s a surprising one-off and in others it seems to happen way too often, but in any and all cases it’s just about the most disgusting thing imaginable…at least for a human being.
As such, it’s hardly surprising that one of the most commonly asked questions among dog owners every day is – why do dogs eat poop?
Seriously – Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?
The scientific term for the eating of poop is Coprophagia, which if you can get past the obvious horror of it all is actually quite interesting. There’s a good deal of science to explain many of the causes of poop eating, but at the same time there are also dozens of long-standing theories that could also shed light on the subject.
For example, a great many animal experts insists that the act of a dog eating poop dates right back to the ancient origins of the animal. Prior to being domesticated, dogs were scavengers and would basically have no choice other than to eat anything that presented itself in order to ward off starvation. As such, the theory remains that poop eating is a historic behavior that still presents from time to time.
One of the most common instances in which a person will see their dog eating poop is when the dog has recently given birth to a litter of puppies. Dogs are instinctively wired to keep tabs on their babies and to ward off any potential predatory attacks. And as predators would pick up on the smell of her new babies’ poop, she’ll make sure she cleans up every last bit of it by eating it. Disgusting it may be, but at the same time she’s just being a good mum!
And then of course come the instances of simple domination, which are common in households where there are several dogs present. In such cases, it may be a natural and instinctive behavior for a submissive dog lower down the pecking-order to eat the poop of his superior.
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