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When Your Shih Tzu Eats Feces

Jan 25, 2008
A Shih Tzu may eat his own poop, other dog's poop, cat poop, rabbit poop and other animal's poop. Just imagine how this behavior will affect your adorable Shih Tzu.

Seeing your beautiful Shih Tzu eat his own poop is disgusting, isn't it? And it is also not good for his health. Parasites such as whipworms and tapeworms will most likely infest your Shih Tzu through eating feces.

Lots and lots of speculations are being formulated as to the reason why dogs eat poop. Some believes that the lack or deficiency in food is what drives a dog to eat his dirt.

Some says that a dog eats his poop to hide it. When a dog accidentally excreted in an inappropriate place, the result is punishment. Punishing him physically for staining your highly priced carpet will give him the idea that he is being punished for letting out his poop. Chances are he will either try not to poop or will hide his poop from you.

That is the reason why we sometimes discover poop somewhere in the corner of the house or somewhere that can not be noticed immediately. And if, in anyway he couldn't find a place to hide his dirt, his last recourse is to eat it. The repeated eating of his poop will eventually lead him to develop this into habit that is sometimes hard to break.

A dog may also eat his poop when witnessed other dogs eating poop too. Dogs, because of their curious nature, tend to follow what others are doing. But there is really no definite reason why a dog eats poop.

Upon knowledge of this disgusting behavior, owners must immediately do something to stop his Shih Tzu from eating his poop and to prevent this behavior from developing into a habit that is hard to break.

What you should do is to maintain he cleanliness of your yard and other areas of the house. Keep these places free from poop by teaching your dog the appropriate place for letting out. Make the feces taste really bad by adding something like cayenne pepper. This will discourage your dog from eating poop. Another solution is to give smaller and frequent feedings instead of one large meal a day.

You can not always directly tell your Shih Tzu what is good and not good for him. You just have to let him understand through patience and time.
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Richard Cussons knows on Shih Tzu training. Learn more on the looks and other features of this Lion Dog at this site dedicated to Shih Tzus.
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