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Old 09-20-2010, 04:06 AM   #1
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Hey Everyone - well, as a first-time dog owner, and a now proclaimed yorkie LOVER, I have to say that this site has been AMAZING in helping me through my first few "challenging" weeks.

So, that being said, I have a NEW challenge.... my beautiful little Gia is still working hard to understand the "potty pads." She is PERFECT when she is in her "room" - never misses the pad. Then at my office, she has a slightly larger space, and she's accurate about 95% percent of the time. At home, it's a different story - but as long as I see her sniffing around and run over to the pad area, she'll follow me and then go! So, the burden is on me to watch her, and it's going well so far.

My first question is, about how long does it take before they "click" in larger spaces and understand that they should always go on the pads?

My second, and MUCH BIGGER issue is that she is eating her poo! (gross!) I reward her for going on her pad with a treat, and while she's eating the treat, I quickly try to pick up her homemade desired treat. Yuck! But sometimes there's more than one, and I can't get to both before she does.

I read that pineapple is good to feed them to cure this, so I bought fresh pineapple chunks, but she won't eat it.... Am I supposed to try the canned chunks? Are there any other suggesstions outside of pineapple? (Ironic that she'll refuse pineapple, but eat her own mess)

I also changed her diet, as I thought maybe it was the sweet smell. My mom got her hooked on Chef Michael's wet food mixed in with the dry while I was away, so I changed her diet to just dry food: the Pro Plan Special for puppies. She likes the food, but she's still eating the poop too.

Sorry this is gross - it's just so hard to ask her to "Give momma kisses" when i know what's been in her mouth. ha ha ha!!!!!

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~Jenn "Gia's loving, albeit grossed-out, mommy"
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:31 AM   #2
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Hi Jenn, Gia looks adorable . The vet told me they eat their poo when they are missing vitamins or minerals in their diet. I became an avid reader of all the ingredients found in my babies food & treats. Can't tell you the number of poor quality dog foods & treats I weeded through. In the mean time I noticed that the more a food and/or product was advertised the poorer the quality! There are many 4-5 star quality foods available that are within reason so don't just accept what is advertised. Here is a link to an excellent website to help you find a good source for your baby:

Dog Food Analysis - Reviews of kibble

In reference to the poo eating. I have a friend who would sprinkle cayane pepper on the poo and leave it for their pup. After a couple of attempts he stopped the behavior. I also know there are some tablets available that you can give her to make the poo undesirable.

hope this helps and give that baby lots of love and kisses
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I defiinitely feel for you! I created this thread a little while back because I had (still have) the same issue. Lots of good info: http://www.yorkietalk.com/forums/yor...is-poop-5.html
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Thank you both so much! I tried the pineapple again tonight. This time I pretended I was eating it, but instead I bit off tiny bites. When Gia saw me, she started licking her lips and "sitting" (which is her way of saying "please") so I gave her a bit and she ate it right up! YAHOOOOOO

She ended up eating an entire chunk of pineapple (since she's about 1.7lbs I thought that'd be a good start). I'll keep doing this each day and check back in after about 4 days and update on how she's doing!

Here's hoping! Thanks again!!!!
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You can try the canned or frozen pineapple too. Just make sure you thaw out the frozen first. My vet told me to use meat tenderizer, but it has so much salt in it I don't feel comfortable doing it. Max has been eating pineapple regularly for almost a month and still eats his poop. The only thing I can do is potty train him to go outside. If he poops outside he doesn't eat it. We are trying very hard to get him trained!
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I am having the same issues but more so with my Izzy playing with (shredding it everywhere) rather than eating it... I stay home w her all day so I cant understand why she does it. She somehow shreds it is tiny little pieces with in seconds...
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Fynn will eat his poo occassionally. I have to leave him pinned in the kitchen during the day and he'll eat the poo he makes in there and just leave nice little messes from where he's chased it across the floor... But, if he has an accident in the house, he ignores it. When he poos outside, he'll sniff it and then run away.

On only! eats the kitchen poo. I don't know why but it grosses me out. I'm going to start trying the pineapple tonight and look for those tablets that make poo 'undesirable.' Seriously? Who'd'a thunk it? Poo being undesirable as a snack.
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Fynn will eat his poo occassionally. I have to leave him pinned in the kitchen during the day and he'll eat the poo he makes in there and just leave nice little messes from where he's chased it across the floor... But, if he has an accident in the house, he ignores it. When he poos outside, he'll sniff it and then run away.

On only! eats the kitchen poo. I don't know why but it grosses me out. I'm going to start trying the pineapple tonight and look for those tablets that make poo 'undesirable.' Seriously? Who'd'a thunk it? Poo being undesirable as a snack.

I tried the tablets and it gave Henry and Izzy diarrhea...
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I tried the tablets and it gave Henry and Izzy diarrhea...
Then I won't be doing that! I don't need diarrhea.
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Semi-success report!

I started feeding Gia tiny bites of pineapple, and she's eating it! I also bought these delicious looking doggie cookies (they look like REAL cookies!) and when she does her poo on the pad, I call her over and give her a piece of the cookie. This is more time consuming for her to eat, so she takes it to her "rug" area to crunch it, giving me time to clean up her poo!

So far so good! I'll post again in a week and update!

Thank you everyone!
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Poop Guru here! I've somehow been crowned the poop guru by unnamed members............. here is what I have recently discovered. There is a little doggy who is a hardcore poop eater (Teddy~I promise not to tell it was you) and he will not eat poop with BROWN RICE. So my suggestion is to feed the pineapple and possibly either add cooked brown rice to their food or try the NB Brown Rice and Lamb dog food.
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Fynn will eat his poo occassionally. I have to leave him pinned in the kitchen during the day and he'll eat the poo he makes in there and just leave nice little messes from where he's chased it across the floor... But, if he has an accident in the house, he ignores it. When he poos outside, he'll sniff it and then run away.

On only! eats the kitchen poo. I don't know why but it grosses me out. I'm going to start trying the pineapple tonight and look for those tablets that make poo 'undesirable.' Seriously? Who'd'a thunk it? Poo being undesirable as a snack.
The tables are the same as meat tenderizer (MSG). I would stick with the pineapple and add the brown rice to the food. Feed 2 or 3 pieces a day and see how that goes. You can increase if needed. Just give like a snack between meals. It will take about 3 days or so to see a change in the poo. Let us know how it goes.

Make sure the brown rice is well done.
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Poop Guru here! I've somehow been crowned the poop guru by unnamed members............. here is what I have recently discovered. There is a little doggy who is a hardcore poop eater (Teddy~I promise not to tell it was you) and he will not eat poop with BROWN RICE. So my suggestion is to feed the pineapple and possibly either add cooked brown rice to their food or try the NB Brown Rice and Lamb dog food.

Hey Poop Guru - I don't think it is fair to single out some dogs on here who suffer from poop eating. Teddy is become quite skilled in scent training class -- he is a natural -- and I suspect that this is the problem...he is able to smell even a microscopic droplet of undigested food in poop (namely fresh baked sweet potato poop cooked up by his older and sickly sister Daisy). Why on earth Teddy would want to eat Daisy's crap over Barney's or his own I'll never know.... Daisy has IBD and a whole variety of issues and her poop is totally disgusting. Just cleaning it up makes me gag - I should really be putting on a respirator and heavy work gloves and handling it like a haz mat team would.

In any event, it is true that Teddy will not eat poop of his or Barney's and they are on brown rice and chicken diets. There is untouched poop left for me on pads daily of this variety. Yet, I must keep Daisy on a schedule, let her poop in private and promptly clean up otherwise we have unauthorized snacking. It is enough to make me gag and what makes me even more mad is when he refuses to brush his teeth after.
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The tables are the same as meat tenderizer (MSG). I would stick with the pineapple and add the brown rice to the food. Feed 2 or 3 pieces a day and see how that goes. You can increase if needed. Just give like a snack between meals. It will take about 3 days or so to see a change in the poo. Let us know how it goes.

Make sure the brown rice is well done.
yes brown rice should be cooked in plenty of water. I use the Success Boil in the Bag brown rice and it is very easily digestible and less fuss than making up a whole big batch in the rice cooker.

NOTE: do not use Basmati Brown Rice - the popcorn smell is appealing and it could be a problem. Just saying...
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Hey Poop Guru - I don't think it is fair to single out some dogs on here who suffer from poop eating. Teddy is become quite skilled in scent training class -- he is a natural -- and I suspect that this is the problem...he is able to smell even a microscopic droplet of undigested food in poop (namely fresh baked sweet potato poop cooked up by his older and sickly sister Daisy). Why on earth Teddy would want to eat Daisy's crap over Barney's or his own I'll never know.... Daisy has IBD and a whole variety of issues and her poop is totally disgusting. Just cleaning it up makes me gag - I should really be putting on a respirator and heavy work gloves and handling it like a haz mat team would.

In any event, it is true that Teddy will not eat poop of his or Barney's and they are on brown rice and chicken diets. There is untouched poop left for me on pads daily of this variety. Yet, I must keep Daisy on a schedule, let her poop in private and promptly clean up otherwise we have unauthorized snacking. It is enough to make me gag and what makes me even more mad is when he refuses to brush his teeth after.
Oops~you were not suppose to see this You know I love Teddy~he's Yorkie Royalty!

I've been thinking about the Daisy and her IBD..........I wonder if the food moves so quickly through her intestines that its just not digested properly.
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