Dog are adventurous and love to scavenge for food. They look for things which we would consider less palatable.
If they are not looking for food in the home such as a counter or table surfing then they would be going for picking in garbage bins, streets, and parks.
Sometimes those picking may be poo which is quite nasty to some dog owners.
The poo can be from many different species such as deer, sheep, cattle, rabbits, horses, birds, dogs and the favorite is cat poo. In some cases, they consume their own or other dogs feces.
This type of behavior would be called coprophagy which refers to “feces-eating”. Many dog owners don’t like this type of behavior.
Many dogs like to keep their sleeping areas clean and they do this by removing their feces. Dogs tend to avoid areas where other dogs have pooed. These sorts of behaviors are innate which prevents diseases from spreading.
You must be wondering if dogs eat poo they increase the risk of carrying a disease so why do they do it? Studies have been conducted to help understand this better.
Studies found that out of 1000 dogs only 16% of dogs consume canine feces. 77% never seen their pet eat poo from other dogs.
Continue to page 2 to learn more about dog pooh.