Many dogs develop some strange habits, even as youngsters, just in the same way as humans do.
As we all know toddlers and babies will often shovel anything into their mouths and eat it, including the odd insect, and other animals often have the same bad habits.
Unfortunately, these habits may seem intensely disgusting, for example some of you find that your Boston Terriers develop a taste for their own poop! Whilst this may seem like the most “yucky” thing in the world to us, it can, and does happen, but there are steps that you can take to combat it.
The first thing you need to do is keep your dog away from his feces once he has done his business. Unfortunately this is going to mean that he has to be on his leash when he goes for walks or do his potty, even if he is only going in your back garden.
Once he’s answered his nature’s call, you can pull him away before he gets the chance to turn around and scoff the lot, and hopefully this will break the habit over time.
You can also take the dog to the vet, and he may prescribe a product called FORBID, which is similar to the food additive MSG. You can actually use MSG instead, and you should sprinkle this on his food in the evenings for a while.
The purpose of this is so that when he does go to the loo the feces will taste nasty (even nastier than usual!) and this may also put him off from considering it to be a tasty snack.
Don’t worry, as it may take a while to break the habit, but providing you persevere and give him as little access as possible to his own feces once he’s had a poop you should be able to succeed in breaking that dirty habit over time.