How firm should dog poop?
Dog poop has four main "C" characteristics: color, content, consistency, and coating.
The color of healthy dog poop should be chocolate brown.
Most people won't see much of anything inside the poop without a microscope.
Healthy dog poop should also be a little firm in consistency, like play dough.
Dogs sometimes eat poop out of boredom, for attention, to avoid punishment, or due to health issues.
However, stool eating, also known as coprophagy, is actually quite normal behavior for a puppy.
She does this both to keep the "den" clean and to protect the puppies from predators that might be drawn by the scent.
By around eight weeks of age your puppy should be eating solid food.
Puppies should be fed three to four times a day therefore if you are currently feeding ¾ a cup of puppy food twice a day you should consider spacing it out by feeding ½ cup three times a day.
Perhaps the best way to stop the problem is through training and environmental management methods, including:
- Keep the dog's living area clean, including the yard, so there will be no poops for him to pick up.
- Cat owners should keep that litter box clean or out of the dog's reach.
At a minimum, it's advised to bathe your dog at least once every three months.
You can wash your dog as frequently as every other week (with gentle shampoo, it could be even more frequent).
When in doubt, use your judgment — if your dog starts to smell, it's probably time for a bath.
Domestic dogs, which can also be avid eaters of poop, have been found to turn to poop eating due to nutritional deficiencies in their diets caused by starvation or disease, prior research has suggested.
However, that doesn't explain why otherwise healthy dogs would develop a taste for waste.