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Nothing seems to help puppy’s crappy habit

Marisca laments that she can’t get her new dog to stop eating poop

Last year we got a puppy. A fluffy little bouncing dog who loves kissing your nose and snuggling. I forgot how difficult having a puppy is, or how much work they are.

Even though she is a couple of months old, I still occasionally step into a puddle of pee or find a shoe partially chewed up. The wind causes her to bark and she terrorizes our chickens.

However, all of these things we are working on. Slowly but surely, she will be a good dog. The only thing we haven’t been able to figure out is how to get her to stop eating poop.

She isn’t even picky about whose fecal matter she will eat. She loves to munch on her own, the chickens’ or even deer doo-doo. It seems impossible to control.

Because of this, I have become passionate about picking up after your dog. There is nothing like taking your dog for a walk and being on edge about it finding someone else’s number two laying around for her to dig into.

Recently a horse went for a walk down our road and defecated right where my daughters get off the bus. It was a buffet for my dog.

If dog owners have to pick up after their dogs, shouldn’t other animal owners? For days, I had to keep my dog on a tight leash while we waited for the bus. It was not fun for either of us.

I kept thinking, ‘get off your high horse and pick up after your pet.’

I don’t know what the etiquette is for horse owners, but I feel if your horse drops a deuce where people walk, it might be handy to have a small shovel and throw it into the bush.

Meanwhile, we have been trying to break this horrible habit of our dog’s. She was at the vet recently and I bought special powder that is meant to make her business unappealing.

Yes, I paid money to buy something that will make poop taste bad. However, it didn’t work. Someone at the Smithers Feed Store suggested buying good quality food, in case she was missing out on certain nutrition. But that also hasn’t helped.

When I called the vet again, she told me that some dogs just like to eat poop and there is very little to be done except watch her 24/7 and encourage her not to do it.

So, I suppose for now we’ll just refrain from kisses and hope this crappy habit doesn’t die hard.

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Marisca Bakker

About the Author: Marisca Bakker

Marisca was born and raised in Ontario and moved to Smithers almost ten years ago on a one-year contract.
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