Poop eating, or Coprophagia, is an embarrassing, though relatively common behavior that is seen in both puppies and adult French Bulldogs. The behavior can be concerning for owners, but there are several reasons why French Bulldogs may exhibit this behavior.
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Why is My French Bulldog Eating Poop?
Firstly, it is important to rule out any health or medical issues that may be causing the behavior. Coprophagia is sometimes a sign of a nutritional deficiency, so your vet may recommend adding a doggy multivitamin or food supplement to regulate digestion and deficiencies. Additionally, if your French Bulldog is on any sort of medication, it may be affecting his digestive system. Ask your vet if this is the case.
Your French Bulldog may also be eating poop for behavioral reasons. If you have multiple dogs in your household, one dog may start eating the others poop due to competing for resources or attention. Also, if one of your French Bulldogs has previously exhibited territorial behavior, such as barking and dominance issues, he may be more likely to engage in Coprophagia as a way to “claim” his yard or living space. Additionally, if your French Bulldog was bred from a parent who also ate poop, this is a behavior that he may have inherited.
Another good idea is to keep your pup away from any poopy areas. Make sure to clean up any messes in the yard right away and pick up any poop he may have left on walks. If other pet’s messes are around and your French Bulldog finds them, he may be inclined to eat whatever he finds that smells like food to him. Additionally, it is important to note that French Bulldogs are highly intelligent creatures, likely to pick up on their owner’s reactions to this behavior. Thus, if you react strongly to Coprophagia by punishing or scolding your pup, he may become more likely to engage in the behavior as a cry for attention.
In conclusion, there can be a variety of reasons why your French Bulldog is eating poop. The best course of action is to consult your vet to rule out any medical issues and adjust any necessary medications or diets. Should your pup still have this behavior, then focus on the environmental and behavioral triggers and aim to prevent the behavior through positive reinforcement and training.
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