How to Stop Your Dog from Eating Goose Poop
Does your dog like to pick up and eat goose poop while you take him out for a walk? The medical term for the poop-eating behavior is known as coprophagia and it’s something you should stop your dog from doing as there could be harmful bacteria in the goose poop that can make your dog sick. Before we dive into the solutions, it’s important to understand why your dog has a strange craving for goose poop.
Why Your Dog Likes Goose Poop
There could be a number of reasons why your dog is finding the goose poop appealing. It could be due to deficiency in the dog’s diet which makes him seek other sources like the goose poop to get nutrients and calories. It could also be due to medical conditions like thyroid disease which leads to an increase in appetite. Presence of parasites may also lead to coprophagia as well.
Rule Out Medical Conditions
If the goose poop-eating behavior started recently then it may be worthwhile consulting with a vet to rule out any major medical conditions as the cause for the behavior. As explained earlier, health issues may lead to an increase in appetite and the regular meals your dog has been getting may not be enough to satisfy his cravings.
Take Control with the Leave it Command
Leave it is a very important command that every dog owner should teach their dog. It’s extremely useful in a situation where you don’t want your dog to consume something that’s potentially harmful like goose poop. It’s not a short-term solution but the goose poops provide the perfect situation to teach and reinforce the command.
Avoid the Poop-Filled Routes
Sometimes, it may have nothing to do with a medical condition and more to do with the fact that your dog just has a strange tendency to enjoy goose poop. This is more likely to be the case if your dog doesn’t eat his own poop. In this case, we suggest just doing the dog walk on a different path that’s not so close to a river or pond.
Try Muzzle Training for Off-leash Dogs
If your take your dog on a walk off-leash then you could also consider muzzle-training to prevent your dog from eating the goose poop. We, however, caution using this approach for a few reasons. First, it’s very important that you get a high-quality muzzle your dog feels comfortable in. A basket muzzle, for example, will allow him to pant and breathe comfortably. Second, not every dog is comfortable with a muzzle on. It may take some training before the dog gets used to having one on while being taken for a walk.