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Hi guys! My name is Morganne, I am new here and I have 3 bassets; Forrest, Jenny, and Bubba. My bassets seem to always try to eat poop especially Bubba (he is 6 months old). Does anyone know good ways to stop this? Our older two don’t do it as much but they still get caught from time to time. But Bubba will eat it every time he goes outside. We started to put him on a lead but it makes me feel bad that the other two are free to roam and he isn’t. I keep up with cleaning it up but he will literally wait in line as the other one poops just to have first dibs!! We have also tried those mint treat type things that are supposed to make them not want to eat it but it didn’t work! So if anyone has any suggestions it would be highly appreciated!!
 

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I've used/tried pretty much all the so-called remedies for this but the only thing that stops this is to be out there and PICK UP immediately. 'Warm' does tend to be best. I have been known to shout when I saw this going on from my kitchen window, but all that does is have them gobble it up faster. You could put a muzzle on the one that's really bad for doing this but I honestly don't like that idea.

The first time I had this was with my third Basset when she was pregnant. So whether it's down to something missing in their diet or not, I'm not sure. Others since her did this so that would suggest not. I tend to believe in the idea that theiir food goes through not properly digested, making it still 'attractive'. You might look at what you are feeding (avoid cereal-based food which isn't as well digested as food that's mainly meat or fish).

Others will say it's puppy copying mum when 'in the nest'. Not sure about that because it doesn't really explain why some do it, and others don't.

With mine, it doesn't seem to be gender relevant either.

Other than the obvious (putting their mouths there - smell) it would be more serious if they are going after what strange dogs have left (worms, infection).
 

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my basset puppy was doing this from like 4months of age to 7months age...i tried those treats to make the poop taste bad...it didnt work. I did some research and they tend to eat their poop if they feel under nourished. My basset was/still is a finicky eater so in my case it was def the food issue b/c he would go on 2 day hunger strikes. So maybe try different food if your out of ideas.
 

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Dogs eat poop for one simple reason. Since contact with man and life as a scavenger it has been an important food source in there diet. There may be even health benefit to it. See
The Best Probiotic You’ll Never, Ever Eat

 

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Unfortunately the only thing that has worked is to keep it picked up. My basset doesn't eat it but our shih-tzu has on/off for 13 years. I've tried everything.
 

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It’s a pleasure to just move around and listen to that rumbling sound coming out of the dried leaves. Dogs love to run about the foliage and have fun time. But the furry animals are not aware of the danger of this debris. These dried leaves are the source of toxicity if your fur pal lick any substance from the ground or their paws. adopt me pets
There may be fleas, ticks as well as bacteria and mold growth on these leaves. And, if your pet ingests any of these micro-organisms, it would be creating dangerous condition including vomiting, diarrhea, sickness or even tapeworm infection.
It is better to remove the foliage and cut short the dried grass in the lawn to keep away those nasty parasites. Moreover, ensure that your pet remains indoors, separate from the yard work. littlest pet shop
 
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