How To Stop Your Dog From Eating Poo

 

This is one of the most common questions I get, and one one the most disgusting topics as well.  The simple fact of the matter is that coprophagia, for a number of reasons, is a normal canine behavior.  Female dogs will instinctively remove their puppy’s waste from the nest in order to keep the nest clean.  Females will also stimulate urination and defecation in their pups by licking their genitals.  Okay, so we can somewhat make a case for why females would do it, but why not all females?  Some do, some don’t, right?  And what about males?  What about puppies of both sexes?  In this post I will try to shed some light on why dogs engage in this behavior and what you can to to stop it. Continue reading

How To Stop Your Dog’s Leash Pulling

 

At the heart of all of my recommendations for behavior modification is exercise.  One of the best forms of exercise is walking with your dog.  Not only is it great cardiovascular activity for both of you, but it CAN be great bonding time as well.  I all caps CAN because, for many of my clients, walking their dog is a nightmare filled with stories of bad shoulders and backs and pulling.  This type of walk is anything but pleasant.  Luckily, there is a better way.  There are many ways to tame your sled dog in training, I will discuss the easiest, fastest, and most human of these, the Gentle Leader. Continue reading