Just wondering if anyone else has encountered this disgusting problem. We just rescued a border collie/lab mix and he's a real sweetie. He seems to love our home and he and the cats are slowly getting adjusted. HOWEVER, he goes to their litter box and eats their poo, even when it is buried and covered with the litter. Obviously I try to keep the box clean, but he often beats me to the terd!! I've spanked him every time he does this, but he still sneaks into the half bath where the litter box is and has a snack. Gross!! What to do? Thanks for your time!!
We had the same problem. We went to a cabinet store and bought a regular cabinet the goes under your counter top. It has 2 swing doors in the front and comes up to about my waist. We cut a circular hole up high on the side just big enough for the cat. We put a large litter box inside. It works great. Just open the doors to remove the litter box for cleaning. We even have room in there to store the box of litter.
When Max was a puppy, he did the same thing, I just put the Cat box on a table in the laundry room, so he can't get up there. He also used to eat poop in the yard, but that was when he was a puppy, he doesn't do that anymore. How old is your dog? I also had to put the cat food up on the table too, cause he was eating mainly cat food, instead of his food.
Please don't spank him, he doesn't know why your doing it and it will only casue him to do it when your not around. And thats only because of your behavior when hes in the box. Lots of dogs love cat poop. You can try forbid for the cats, see if that helps, or invest in a furniture type containment for the litter box.Some of them have top entrances.
I have my litter boxes in the laundry room. My 2 year old son likes to scoop the litter not to mention the snacks the dogs like. We put a baby gate in the doorway. The cats can get in there but the dogs and the kids can't.
we HAD the same problem. WE have a littermaid litter bax, and Alex would eat the litter, until it started to sweep with his nose in it. Know he is terrified of the litter box monster. It will get him you know...LOL
In over 40 years of having dogs I've never heard of anyone successfully "training" a dog to stop eating cat poop from a litter box until the mechanical litter cleaners came out. "Breaded" cat poop is just one of those things that dogs find irresistable. The stuff outside does have some attraction but it isn't as desirable for some reason. Maybe they don't like regular dirt on their special snacks. You'll find yourself looking at the dog's chin every time he tries to give you a kiss to make sure there are no tell-tale crumbs, lol.
When this first happened w/my dog, I was like, Ugh! and then I thought about the kisses, double ugh!!!Funny how there are so many other people w/the same thing. We put up the Gate too, but if I leave the other door open (To my bedroom) they can come in that way. Next thing, I'll be sitting there watchin TV, come right up to me & I can "smell" it on their breath!! Just have to be careful w/the other door!
We tried mousetraps too. That soft wood they make them out of is just another thing my dogs loved to chew, especially with the cheese-scented bait block they come with. There is still no tried-and-true method of cat poo aversion training.
I could have sworn I heard someone (like a friend of mine) or a member on this forum talk about how they scared their dog (with a shock collar) they pretended to leave did their ritual... and then hide out in the backyard where they could see the dog going into the laundry room or whatever to eat the cat poo and then shocked the dog. The dog didn't know where it was coming from and never did it again!!!! I swear I can't remember where I heard it!!! Some people are against those shock collars but if they work then once that's ok then! Good luck!