It’s an unbelievable happiness to get your Frenchie boy or girl and enjoy several lovely moments with them experiencing how cute they are. Some parents, however, are disillusioned to see them eating their poop. In this article, we give you some practical tips – based on our experience as breeders and the feedback from our community – on how to tackle this.
First of all, let’s see why a puppy eats their poop. In their first 6-9 months, it is quite normal, it even has a scientific name: coprophagia. Frenchie behavioral experts say it’s an instinct inherited from the wolf ancestors to keep their crate free from parasites.
They outgrow it
An other, quite obvious explanation is that they mimic the mom French Bulldog who often keeps their place clean by eating the poop. As they are older they outgrow this habit, and by their first birthday, they normally should stop doing it.
But what to do when it doesn’t happen. The worst thing is to get emotional about it, shout at them and punish them, as they don’t do it on purpose and this will only teach them to do it again when they need attention.
A good idea is to clean up their poop as soon as they eliminate. We also train the pups to do their potty on paper stripes, that way they cannot eat it.
Check what they eat
You should also check his or her nutrition, as he or she might miss some nutrients from their diet. You can try probiotics or one of the several products which are designed to stop or restrict poop eating and help them digest food easier. An other option is to sprinkle his or her food with garlic, parsley or pepper spray.
Training might also help, here is the tip from one of our clients, Donna shared in the Tomkings Frenchie Family:
“When we went outside, she would poop and as soon as I saw her turn to start indulging herself, I made a sharp ‘eh’ sound but would not look in her direction, just side glance. It would catch her off guard and she would move away. I did that every time so she would associate the sound with the eating of the poop. She no longer eats her poop outside, but if she occasionally poops in her crate, she may, but she does not do it all the time.”
As with any training, consistency is key, and if he or she stays away from his or her poop, give a reward.
Puppies might sometimes eat their poop out of boredom, so make sure you take yours for a walk and they have enough exercise.
If you notice he or she eats other dog’s or cat’s poop, try training and make sure you walk them on a leash for a while until this habit stops.
If nothing helps – which is very rare, – post your problem in the group where you’ll be helped by great Frenchie parents and ourselves. We’ll also tell you when to turn to a vet.
The article was written based on the experience and the services of the TomKings Puppies Team. TomKings Puppies have been breeding French Bulldogs for 10 years on their farm. All the pictures in the post belong to them and show a puppy from their breed. Check their available puppies here, or if you have any questions or comments let us know below the article.