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Why Dogs Eating Dirty

Why Dogs Eating Dirty

Coprophagia (the ingestion of excrement) is widespread in many animals, not just dogs. We do not know very well why dogs eat disgusting and dirty feces. Some have a genetic propensity for coprophagia, and in this case, it is around the age of 4 to 10 months that this behavior manifests itself. The coprophagia generally stops when the animal reaches the age of one year.

There are many reasons why dogs like to eat cat poop and litter, but no one is really sure of the reasons for this behavior. Sometimes, the problem is medical, especially in the case of pancreatic insufficiency or malabsorption syndrome, two conditions that compromise the digestion of food.

Dogs communicate through their mouths. They love to carry sticks and they love to chew toys or bones. Dogs also like things that smell and feces are obviously in this category. Strange as it may seem, your dog probably eats droppings to examine something that interests him.

Most, puppies eat their own droppings when they learn to clean. This happens because they are still unsure where to defecate or not. Afraid of having made a mistake, puppies will “destroy all evidence”.

This behavior can also happen with adult dogs that stay locked inside. They often eat the stools of their puppies by cleaning them at a young age.

Some dogs eat their excrement to recover unabsorbed nutrients. For example, dogs that receive foods high in starch and carbohydrates, and low in fat and fiber, are more likely to eat their feces, as are dogs that receive mostly dry or low-quality food.

Cat’s diet is rich in protein. So cat’s feces can attract your dog. You must imperatively and quickly discourage this behavior because cat litter can be dangerous to your dog.


Thus, dogs that eat the feces of other animals are unlikely to lose this habit unless they are prevented from doing so. Coprophagy is very difficult to stop:

  • You must first clean the dog’s environment without delay before he eats his excrement.
  • Prevent boredom by increasing your dog’s activity.
  • Also be sure to provide a balanced diet, very digestible and that meets his needs.
  • Adopting foods that are high in fat, fiber and protein and low in carbohydrates may be effective.
  • Some “tricks” work well, like sprinkling food with a tasteless meat tenderizer or commercial product or giving the dog some canned pumpkin.

In any case, if your dog is coprophagous, consult your veterinarian.

Facts About Doberman Pinscher

Facts About Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher is intelligent and active dogs that are usually identified by their pointy ears, their cut tail, their safe attitude and their black color with toasted marks.

Knowing about these dogs, even about their life expectancy, will give you the ability to discern whether the Doberman is the right breed for you.

The overall Doberman average lifespan is 10 to 15 years with optimal health conditions. This varies, just as in all breeds of dogs. There are no documented Doberman records that have lived the longest, but there are owners who claim to have dogs of this breed over the age of 20.


To ensure that your Doberman pinscher lives to its fullest potential, a proper diet is necessary. These dogs, being active and muscular, require large amounts of protein compared to the less active breeds.

A high protein diet consisting of fresh meat and cereal is ideal, but some commercial dog foods have special blends just for this breed.

Feed your Doberman pinscher with a program of six small meals instead of three, because they have a high metabolism.


Doberman pinschers require exercise. Without exercise, these dogs become lazy and gain weight, which causes them a number of health problems. A Doberman pinscher who have health problems related to lack of activity will lose years of life, just as it would with a person.

Take it daily to a dog park or other area where you can enjoy a good run.


A stressful environment affects the health of your Doberman Pinscher. When a dog like this is constantly dissatisfied, stressed or frightened, he will essentially lose his desire to live. This, of course, affects their life expectancy.

If your environment is too stressful, with many conflicts and clutter, it may not be the best place to raise a Doberman to its full potential, much less than another breed of dog.

Medical care

Large dogs like the Doberman are prone to hip dysplasia, which affects the acetabulum (cavity) of the hip producing pain. Hip dysplasia, among other health problems of large breeds, can affect the general health of your dog and decrease your life expectancy.

Take your dog regularly to the vet for health check-ups, which will ensure your best friend has a long life.


This is a race of relatively recent origin. It was developed in Germany in the 1860s, presumably through the cross between the old short-haired shepherds, the German Pinscher, the Rottweilers, the Beaucerons, the Manchester Terriers and the Greyhounds.

The creator of this breed was a German tax collector named Louis Dobermann. Dobermann had to travel frequently through areas infested with bandits and decided to develop a watchdog and bodyguard capable of handling any situation that may arise.

This breed has many talents including tracking, surveillance, protection, police work, military labor, search and rescue, therapy work, competitive obedience and others.

Physical appearance

The Doberman is a medium-sized, square-shaped dog with a muscular, compact body. The head is long and when you look sideways it looks like a wedge truncated. The upper part of the skull is flat and has a slight stop in the mouth.

The color of the nose depends on the color of the dog’s coat, black on black dogs, dark brown on red dogs, dark gray on blue dogs, dark cinnamon color on fawn and pink dogs on white dogs. The teeth are joined in a scissor bite.

The color of the eyes is almond with several shades of brown, depending on the color of the dog’s coat. The ears usually have the posture in the erect position (usually they are cut at 12 weeks).

A lot of breeders are starting to stop cutting off this dog’s ears. The tail is usually docked at the age of 3 days.

Males usually weigh between 40 and 45 kilograms and reach a height of 68 to 72 cm. For their part, the females weigh between 32 and 35 kilograms and reach a height of 63 to 68 cm.


The Doberman is very enthusiastic, energetic, with tremendous strength and endurance. He likes to be with his people and does not adapt well to life in a yard or locked in a kennel as he needs human interaction and leadership.

Loyal, tolerant, dedicated and affectionate with the family. Determined, courageous and firm at the same time at work, it is very adaptable, so it is highly qualified and versatile.

Dobermans are intelligent and very easy to train. They are excellent as watchdogs and do not need additional training for protection.

The Doberman needs an owner who is willing and able to show a natural authority over the dog. All members of the family must be firm, secure and consistent, set the rules and stick to them.

By his character, this dog needs constant attention and training. As mentioned above, they need a firm owner to establish leadership. It also requires constant physical exercise.