Your French Bulldog eating poop can be caused by a variety of medical conditions, so once they are ruled out, it is left up to you to address the behavior. The habit of eating poop can be difficult to reverse since it is considered a self-rewarding behavior.
Make sure there is no animal waste in your yard at all times. After your French Bulldog has defecated, pick up their stool as soon as you can. You need to be very careful if you notice that your Frenchie eats their own feces during or soon after defecating. Keep your French Bulldog leashed when they defecate if you can. Make sure they know to look at you if their attention is drawn to the poop (teach them the “look at me” command). Then, reward them with something tasty to keep them interested, and make sure you dispose of the poop as soon as possible. Saying “leave it” can also provide a helpful command at this time.
Why Does My French Bulldogs Eat Poop?
There is no doubt that French Bulldogs are curious dogs. There are those Frenchies who are particular, and there are those who eat anything they can get their mouths on.
The consumption of poop is referred to as coprophagia by vets. Dogs are often shown to exhibit coprophagia; it appears to be a behavioural disease but can sometimes be a symptom of something else. A behavioural diagnosis can only be made after medical causes of coprophagia have been excluded. A veterinarian can formulate a behavioural plan for treating coprophagia once potential medical issues have been ruled out.
There are many possible reasons for this behavior. Your French Bulldog may start eating their own poop or the poo of other animals if they have medical problems or bad behavioral habits. Working with your vet to determine the most likely cause of your Frenchies eating feces is a good idea before beginning treatment. The main causes of poop eating in older French Bulldogs may be boredom, loneliness, anxiety, stress or a need for attention. Poop eating is fortunately outgrown for the majority of puppies, but for some Frenchies, it may persist into adulthood and become a habit or even a compulsive behavior.
Behavioural Causes For Eating Poop
Typically, coprophagia is a behavioural problem that resolves by the time the pup reaches adulthood. Some common causes of coprophagia in French Bulldogs of all ages include:
|Incorrect training: Some French Bulldog owners attempt to toilet train their Frenchie by sticking their noses into the poop when they have messed in the house. Sometimes this conditions your Frenchie to become interested in eating it.|
|Curiosity: In the beginning, dogs or puppies may exhibit poo-eating behaviour because it attracts attention from owners.|
|Innate behaviour: In many instances, Frenchies will clean, groom, and eat the faeces of their young puppies|
|Imitating other dogs: The behavior of female dogs that clean and ingest puppy poo during nesting may cause puppies to mimic the behavior of their mother or other dogs that demonstrate the same behavior|
Veterinary practitioners and owners can work together to prevent the development of long-term habits and to correct issues that contribute to coprophagia through early intervention and consistent treatment.
French Bulldog who suffer from diseases that impede nutritional absorption, cause gastrointestinal upset, or cause a dog’s stool to be more appealing may develop coprophagia. The following medical conditions can cause your condition:
|Parasites||Digestive enzyme deficiencies|
|Deficits in vitamins and minerals as well as malnutrition||Poorly digested foods or underfeeding|
|Thyroid disease, Cushing’s disease, or diabetes||Medicines that contain steroids|
Your French Bulldog needs a physical examination, diet evaluation, and stool consistency and frequency tests to identify any medical causes of coprophagia. If necessary, parasite testing should be done as well as stool and blood tests.
Why Does My French Bulldog Eat Other Animal Poop?
Is your French Bulldog eating the poop of other animals for example cats? As a scavenger, dogs may consume other animals’ poop. We may consider non-food items strange and unsanitary when our dogs eat them, like food taken from the garbage in garbage bins. It is often the case that dogs are attracted to the smell, texture, and taste of food – regardless of how we perceive them.
There are times when cat feces and those of other animals are attractive enough to appeal to your French Bulldog. Since dogs interpret smell very differently from humans, poop may not be considered a bad smell to your Frenchie. When exploring their surroundings, dogs are consistently drawn to the smell of poop. As a result, if your French Bulldog finds poo appealing enough, he might eat it.
Best Ways to Stop Your French Bulldog From Eating Poop
First off make sure you do not do any of the following.
|What not to do|
|Putting your French Bulldog through punishment for eating poop may make them feel compelled to sneakily eat poop when you’re not around. Furthermore, they will become faster at eating poop, so you won’t have a chance to deal with the issue.|
|Even though your French Bulldog may seem to stop eating stools after coating them with taste deterrents, the moment they find a stool that is not treated, the behavior may return.|
It is likely that you are looking for solutions to your French Bulldog’s distasteful habit of eating poop. French Bulldogs whose veterinarians have given them a clean bill of health will benefit from these tips.
Change Your French BullDog’s Diet
A higher-quality diet can help solve some problems. Consult a nutritionist if this is an issue for you. As a general rule, you want to feed foods that are high in high-quality protein, and do not contain grains, soy, or corn. Raw food has been proven to work for many dogs because most of the stool is waste. Some have also successfully fed canned food to their dogs because canned food is more easily digested. Gradually adding the new dog food to the old over a few days is the best way to transition to a new diet.
Overfeeding is also dangerous, as it could cause the meal to only be partially digested. A French Bulldog whose food is eaten too fast will not be digested as well, which leads to more appetizing stools.
Add Supplements to Your French Bulldog’s Food
Although not all dogs will benefit from these, some have reported success with them, so they deserve mention. Some dog owners have reported relief from the poop-eating habit of their dogs after adding high-quality probiotics and digestive enzymes to their diets. The addition of B vitamin supplements may be recommended in cases of vitamin B deficiency. Any supplements you add to your dog’s diet should be discussed with your veterinarian.
The addition of items such as canned pumpkin, canned pineapple juice, or grated zucchini to their French Bulldogs food has been cited as a method for helping, but only a few dogs seem to benefit from it.
Another remedy mentioned is to use breath mints, meat tenderizers, and hot sauces to cover their feces, but these seem short-term solutions since the poop-eating habit returns immediately after the application is stopped. Furthermore, it’s important to note that certain chemicals can harm your French Bulldog, so you should always consult a vet prior to beginning any regimen.
Pick Up After Your French Bulldog
The most effective way to stop your Frenchie from eating poop is to use this method. Cleaning up after your French Bulldog ensures that it isn’t going to eat poop! We often wait for a miracle cure when the solution lies right before us.
Management methods such as this one work because it prevents your Frenchie from practising an unwanted behavior constantly. If your French Bulldog repeats the poop-eating behavior enough, it will develop habits, which will be harder to break.
If dietary changes recommended by your veterinarian and medical disorders have been ruled out, behavior modification may also prove helpful. You should distract your French Bulldog with a treat after they have poop in order to divert their attention from it. It may not be long before a new behavior pattern emerges.
To help your French Bulldog cope with emotional stress, make sure they get proper exercise and playtime; clean up after them as soon as they poop; and keep them on a leash while walking so they don’t eat other dogs’ stools.
Maintaining a clean yard, while keeping your French Bulldog on a leash, helps prevent poop eating, and minimizes the chances of them reenacting unwanted behaviors over and over. Having a fence surrounding an area where your Frenchie eliminates in the yard will help you pick up the poop easily since it will all be in one spot.
Even so, management does not address the root cause whether it is related to a medical condition or a behavioral issue. There is therefore no best way to prevent a dog from eating his poop, but there are several approaches you can take to prevent it.