Posted : 11/25/2009 11:24:05 PM
It is very wrong to euth a dog for eating poop! That's just a dog thing!
May I ask, how old is your dog? This is common in puppies up to a year old but can happen with any age group. This is one of two cases.
1) The dog has a behaviorial problem(most likely the issue) & 2) The dog has a medical condition.
Poop simply tastes good to dogs! I know it's disgusting to us but in the dog world they love it and they dont know not to eat it.
It could be because Annie is anxious, bored, or stressed. To fix this, stay out in the yard with her. I know its not fun, but it is part of being a responsible dog owner.
Also, a way to help is to clean up your yard more frequently. We humans like our houses and living areas to be clean. Well, so does a dog. So her eating the poop may be a way of cleaning up her yard (which is your job).
How much do you feed her? Because, overfed dogs have a problem, if they have too much food ingested in their system they ovbiously have to poop more. So when they do poop there is so much food in their body that their poop still tastes and smells like their dinner which would ovbiously be a good reason for them to want to gobble it back up. Or, if you dont feed her enough then she may become hungry and scavenge for food and the easiest thing just happens to be her own excrement.
Those are the most likely causes, and here is a way to stop her from eating it.
Feed her well balanced and nutritious meals, if you only feed once a day start feeding twice. Keep the yard nice and clean by picking up the poop reguarly and maybe put a few toys out in the yard so she can play with them when she is bored. Make sure she gets enough mental and physical exercise a day. And, teach her the command "leave it". Here is a link for how to teach that command. http://www.petplace.com/dogs/teaching-your-dog-to-leave-it/page1.aspx
A technique that I know is to put a tablespoon of pineapple in the dog's meals. It apparently makes their poop taste bad! This of course, is not a substitute for proper training and stimulation.
Sorry it was long, but I gave the tips I could think of! Good Luck!