Dogs eat anything and everything, which is why we all know the question “Why do French bulldogs eat poop?” This is one of those habits that sounds gross but it’s actually kind of hard to be surprised by. Did you know that coprophagia, the technical term for eating feces can also be one’s own and ingestion of others’ poop? This condition isn’t related in any way shape or form to medical conditions such as nutritional deficiencies. Up to 25% of dogs of all breeds have been observed eating poop at some point in their lives.
The reasons why do French bulldogs eat poop
Newborn Frenchie puppies need to be stimulated for them to urinate or defecate. Mothers do this by licking their babies’ bottoms, which also encourages the pup to go on his own accord. Another reason mothers will lick up after their pups is out instinctual desire at keeping the crate tidy so there are less smells that might attract predators.
Exploring the world
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a puppy? That darned tongue! It’s not just for show, they use it as their best friend. They explore the world with this muscle all types of places and things. It’s also nothing unusual to find your Frenchie licking the other dog’s poop especially if it contains a high amount of proteins. High protein diets result in producing ‘attractive-smelling’ poop.
Who would have thought that eating their own poop could be a good thing? For some dogs, it’s the only way to get nutrients. In the lack of food, stray dogs can start eating the poop of other animals such as rabbits. Their poop is rich in enzymes and nutrients that help them break down the foods they eat.
Anxious French bulldogs can start eating their poop because it’s one of the ways to comfort themselves. On the other hand, it can also represent the result of the dog’s fear and stress. In case your furry friend is still not properly potty trained and he often makes potty troubles at home, then he will probably eat poop to hide the evidence.
Seek the attention
It might sound weird, but Frenchies can eat their poop when looking for extra attention. Poop eating behavior is similar to other attention-seeking behaviors such as nipping and chewing.
- Underlying disease
The habit of eating poop can point out to an underlying issue with the liver, brain, or digestive tract. In case your Frenchie started to rapidly lose weight and started to vomit, then you have to consult with your vet immediately.
How to stop your Frenchie from eating poop?
If you’ve determined there isn’t an underlying medical issue in your pooch, then you can start with training lessons.
- Distract the dog’s attention
If your dog has just done the potty, make sure to distract his attention by giving him to chew a stuffed toy. Interactive French bulldog toys that can be filled with treats or peanut butter can prevent your furry friend from this disgusting behavior.
- ‘Leave it’ command
The most important thing is to stay positive and not give up. Stay consistent in training and use snacks to teach your dog the ‘leave it’ command.
- Clean your yard
Keep your yard clean to make your dog less access to poop. This also applies in case you have cats or some other animals visiting your yard.