Why does my Morkie dog eat goose poop?

Why does my Morkie dog eat goose poop?

You’re enjoying a nice walk along the lakeside and your Morkie stops to eat goose poop. Why do dogs eat goose poop? And, how do you stop a dog who eats goose poop?

Canada Geese on grass

There’s a scientific name for eating poop—coprophagia (kop-ruh-fey-jee-uh) and it’s not unusual. Some dogs eat their own poop as often as they can. Other dogs enjoy a more exotic poop, such as Canada Goose sh*t.

Although eating goose poop isn’t a hugely dangerous habit, it’s a nasty one that we people aren’t too fond of. Goose poop  (all poop) can carry Salmonella and E.Coli but luckily, the digestive tracts of most healthy dogs are good at destroying these bacteria.

Health risks for your dog of eating goose poop include:

  • chance of picking up giardia
  • can be at risk for salmonella
  • could pick up Campylobacter bacteria

These risks can mean diarrhea in dogs.

 

Yes you could catch it too

Human Campylobacter infection happens for people if we:

  • consume raw milk, undercooked chicken or any food that’s been contaminated during preparation
  • you can also catch it directly from your dog
  • dogs mostly get it from infected feces

About Canada Geese

Canada gooseEnvironment Canada lists the geese as being “a significant safety threat” to aviation, and a problem in local parks, pastures, golf courses and any other grassy area.

Nesting Canada geese are aggressive and will attack children and dogs. (Tip: don’t look the goose in the eye; drop your gaze and walk away slowly).

Goose droppings are expensive to clean up from parks and grasslands. According to Canada’s Federal government, at least goose poop has NOT been linked yet any health concerns for humans.

In 2009, a US Airways A320 Airbus flew into a flock of Canada Geese shortly before losing both engines and splashing down onto New York’s Hudson River. Fortunately, all 155 passengers and crew survived.

Miracle on the Hudson

How to stop your Morkie from eating goose poop

The best thing to do, if you have a dog who tries to eat poop, is to teach him/her the ‘leave it’ command. You yelling at him to stop, if he doesn’t know these commands, just makes him eat the “treat” all the faster.

Teaching ‘leave it’ isn’t hard, but there are a number of steps, so I’m suggesting you check out either of these two sites where you can see how it’s done:

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Coprophagia or Poop Eating… why?!

Coprophagia or Poop Eating… why?!

dog_groomingWhy why why??  Your adorable little Morkie, Yorkie or Maltese has a dark secret: he eats his own POOP!!! What can you do about it?

First, what’s the problem?

Eating poop, or Coprophagia, is more common than you might think. Vets and animal experts aren’t totally sure why, but here are some of the possibilities.

Dogs are natural-born scavengers.  Since the beginning of time they’ve survived by scavenging and eating scraps. And yes, Morkies come from that same wolf-stock 🙂

Mother dogs automatically clean up.  With a litter, a female Morkie – or any other dog – will clean up the nest by eating her puppies’ waste.

Dogs who are punished for potty accidents, hide the evidence. Sometimes, if a dog is punished too harshly (like rubbing his nose in an “accident”) he’ll want to hide the evidence.  That’s sad that he is that terrified of punishment.

Missing enough vitamin B?  Poop eating could be a response to missing elements in the dog’s diet. Feeding a high quality food can help.

Negative attention is better than no attention.  Is your Morkie lonely or bored? Looking for ANY kind of attention even if it’s scolding? That could be another reason for Coprophagia, or poop eating in your Morkie.

Your dog is just plain hungry. Perhaps she’s not getting enough food, or has worms or other parasites that are taking all the nutrients from her food, leaving little for the dog.  Or if you’re only feeding once a day, that may not be enough for a Morkie – try dividing the food into several portions and serve throughout the day.

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Sometimes hunger can prompt poop eating

Dogs just like it! No logic here but poop is warm, moist and chewy…. or makes a good poopsicle in the winter, and dogs are, after all animals.

Putting a stop to poop eating

So how do you curb this problem?

Check with your vet and if your dog is not suffering from parasites and seems to be well nourished, then you need to break the habit.  Here’s how —

  • First, don’t overreact. Be calm and in control.
  • Change his food.
  • Add some canned pumpkin (about a teaspoon for small dogs) to his dinner; it makes the poop very unappealing (although this method does take some time to kick in).
  • As soon as your dog goes potty, cover the poop with hot sauce. It won’t hurt the dog but he sure won’t like it.  You can also try lemon juice.
  • Clean up as soon as your dog goes.
  • When your dog approaches the poop, a firm NO! and then distracting him, can work. Offer him a treat or something positive, and praise when he does in fact ‘leave it.’

Commercial cures for poop eating 

There are a number of over-the-counter treatments you can try, from your local pet store or if all else fails, ask your Vet for something stronger. The Vet can prescribe other treatments.

Remember, it can take a while, but you CAN break your dog of this habit.

Three products from Amazon.com that can help your Morkie stop eating poop!

 

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