Would you like to stop your dog from eating poop? Of course, you would. Like any responsible dog owner, I'm pretty sure that you must find it rather disturbing, frustrating, and disgusting to know that you can't seem to stop your dog from eating its own poop or any other type or kind of poop for that matter.
You know what though, I don't blame you for your valiant attempt to stop your dog from eating poop. I know that dogs are universally known as man's "best friend" but, what self-respecting dog owner with any iota of personal hygiene would like to be licked on the face or lips, for example, by a poop-eating dog? Not me.
But, if it's any consolation, you should know that the issue you have with your dog eating poop is not an isolated incident. In other words, you're not alone; there are other hundreds of dog owners like yourself perplexed and troubled by the mere fact that they too can't seem to stop their dogs from eating poop.
So, don't try to blame yourself or feel guilty over your dog's seemingly "odd" behavior. As a matter of fact, because there are way too many dogs eating some form of poop, there is a scientific name for this doggy behavioral problem called "Coprophagia."
Well, you'll be happy to know that there's a way to stop your dog from eating poop. And, you might be surprised to learn that the solution lies in you simply learning how to "housebreak" your dog. You see, your dog eating poop is simply one form of a laundry list of possible dog behavioral problems.
Therefore, if you learn how to effectively correct your dog's behavior, you'll undoubtedly be able to correct any other potential dog-related behavior problems that might arise in the future including your dog eating poop.
How To Housebreak Your Dog So That You Can Stop Your Dog From Eating Poop
So, going forward, the emphasis of this article will be teaching you how to housebreak your dog so that you can develop the basic skills needed for you to successfully stop your dog from eating poop. Let's get started... You have to housebreak your dog so that he will not "dirty up" the house. In order to do this, you must first understand that your pet dog always wants to please you. Nothing gives your dog greater pleasure than to know that his actions meet with your approval.
Conversely, nothing gives your dog greater displeasure than to know that his actions have not met with your approval. If you remember this, then it will be relatively easy for you to housebreak your dog in order to deter any future doggy misbehavior.
You know, in a way, training a dog to behave well is similar to how you would raise or correct a child. In other words, if you teach a child how to "follow rules" as an infant and you reward him accordingly when he performs or behaves admirably, he's less likely to "act out" as an adult.
Similarly, when your dog acts properly, you should speak to him very pleasantly. Reward him immediately by petting him and by giving him a doggy treat thereby reinforcing the good behavior. However, when your dog misbehaves (such as, eating poop), tell your dog in no uncertain terms that he has done the wrong thing and is a "bad dog."
Basically, the "secret" to stopping your dog from eating poop is that you have to punish your dog immediately after he has done something wrong, or just as he is about to do it. If you wait too long, the dog will not understand later why he is being punished,-and he will not associate the punishment with his wrong behavior.
If you keep a careful watch over your dog, you can housebreak him pretty quickly. If you are not vigilante or consistent about correcting your dog's behavior, it will take you much longer to housebreak him, which would make trying to stop your dog from eating poop later, for instance, even the more challenging.
Having said that, you must realize that your dog is not as smart as you are, so you will have to be very patient. Most of the time, it takes about 7 to 21 days to housebreak a dog. Ultimately, if you apply the dog behavior modification or conditioning principles suggested above, you will successfully stop your dog from eating poop, for example, not because your dog wants to be sanitary, but simply because he wants to make you happy.