I have a German Shepard that is 10yrs he been eating his poo his entire life when he was a puppy i brought him to the vet b/c of this he told me that some dogs just do that and there is nothing you can do. but to scold them when you catch them doing it. If you find a remedy please post it so i can try it.
I'm struggling with the same issue, with my 4-mo. old Westie puppy. It has been going on for about two months now, and I find it so upsetting! It's especially upsetting when the vet is at a loss! I was told it's a habit that most puppies outgrow (fingers crossed), but in the meantime, I want to pull my hair out. At first we tried For-bid, which is a powder that you sprinkle on their food and it's supposed to make the poo taste bad. I got that from the vet's office, and I don't think it's sold at stores. However, that didn't seem to work very well the first time we did it. I then bought Deter, which comes in tablets, and it seemed to work a LITTLE better, but didn't really solve the problem. She eats the poop only while I'm gone during the day and not when I'm home (she is paper trained and in the process of training to potty outdoors), but that is still ONE poop lunch per day! At her last vet appointment two weeks ago I was just at my wits' end, because she had been throwing up here and there, and I suspected it had something to do with it. So the vet did a fecal test and a blood test, to determine whether she had parasites, or some sort of nutritional deficiency, as these are two possible causes for poop eating, but her two tests came back negative. That means it's a behavioural issue... big relief in terms of her health, but it leaves you thinking "ok, so what do I do?". So, I'm on to the next remedy: PINEAPPLE. Fresh pineapple is supposed to have an enzyme that makes the poop taste bad. So now I'm combining pineapple, Deter, and Forbid into her food... I use two out of the three in each meal- and it seems to be working!! Also, since I'm starting to train her to go outdoors, she is starting to hold it until I come home, and outside she doesn't even think about eating it or coming close to it. The times that she can't hold it, she poops in the washroom (she's confined there during the day), but for the last week I have come home to find poop! yaaay!!... I can see that she probably still ate a LITTLE, but I guess it must not be as tasty anymore, because she's leaving the rest behind. I hope this means the habit will be broken. In the meantime, I'm sticking to the remedies I have. They say meat tenderizer also does the trick, sprinkled on their food (I believe it's the MSG that does it), as well as pureed pumpkin. Maybe you could try some of these things. Good luck!!
I would try all the natural things you can find, but I would never feed a dog MSG. It is used in a lot of foods, and many people have terrible reactions to it. It is actually a neuro toxic flavor enhancer.
No MSG...that's even horrible for humans. I firmly believe after years of breeding that that what we think is a nasty thing, they learn from their mothers in the whelping box. When the puppies get 4-5 weeks old they are paying attention to everything their mother does...including cleaning up poop after them. This last litter of puppies I decided to try something new. I litter box trained the babies. When the babies were just very tiny they would toddle into the litter box to go poop and pee. Now mind you , I had to use a cookie sheet so it was low enough for them to walk into it, and the cookie sheet was right up against their blanket. So they had no choice, they had to walk into it. So they did. By this age the mother isn't in there with them as much, but if she was in there when one of them pooped she didn't like to eat it because it was all covered in litter. And also I always kept the little poops cleaned out of there when they were done. So the babies never learned this generational curse !! Now the next question is, when this puppy ( which is now 4 mo. old) hangs out with the older generation of poop eaters...will she join in???? We'll find out ! Now, anyone wanting to try this litter box training...DO NOT USE CAT LITTER. I use special paper litter I got from the vet that they use on cats after declawing.