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Pet Sitters: How to Curb Poo Eating in Dogs

Coprophagia (poo eating) is an unpleasant habit that dogs can exhibit that can be hard to break. As a pet sitter, you will want to deliver the very best care to dogs in your care and that includes doing your best to curb poo eating incidents.

Discuss Bad Habits During the Meet and Greet

Ideally, you will be well equipped to deal with any situation that comes up with a new pet sitting job and will be all set to go one the first day. Unfortunately, the reality is not always so rosy or as straightforward as all that! Many pet sitters are thrown in at the deep end by clients and are expected to know exactly what to do as they are considered “the experts” in pet care.

However, by digging a little deeper beneath the surface, you can unearth some interesting facts about dogs so that you can be ready for any challenges that come up while the dogs are in your care. During the initial meet and greet make it a point to ask potential clients if their pets have any habits that you should know about. While some clients are reticent on the matter of coprophagia, others do not hesitate to mention the embarrassment of dealing with Fido’s habit. If you know of the problem before you start pet sitting, you will know what to look out for. For additional information about the things that you should pay attention to, you can visit my website. You can find helpful and reliable information here about the effective ways on how to curb poo eating in dogs.

Suggest Medical Intervention

Coprophagia is surprisingly common, especially with nursing mothers, who will instinctively clean up after their puppies by eating all traces of dog waste. But if a fully grown dog has a habit of eating his own waste, or the waste of other dogs, it could be indicative of an underlying medical condition such as parasites. Another possibility is that a dog has not been able to absorb enough nutrients from his dog food or he is undernourished.

Pick It Up!

If you have to constantly keep your eyes on the ground while walking Fido, it can take away the joy of being outside for a leisurely dog walk. In such cases, you must ensure you are prepared to pick up dog waste the moment a dog relieves himself or to steer him away from another dog’s pile of dog waste.

Keeping a coprophagic dog under control by walking him on a lead will help you to control his actions much more easily. Pet sitters should also check common areas where dogs are kept, such as a fenced in back garden and clear up dog waste so that it does not attract the dog’s attention.

Coprophagia can be hard for us to understand, as the very thought of eating faeces is completely repugnant to us as humans. As a pet sitter, dealing with this type of habit can be particularly unpleasant, but the way you handle the situation can help a dog overcome the issue, or at least draw a client’s attention to their dog’s condition.