How long after a dog eats do they poop?
Every dog is different, and while some will poop right after eating, others may not go for about half an hour after consuming their meal.
PetMD explains that healthy dogs usually defecate after eating their meals because their stomach "is wired to" the colon by nerves triggering the reflex to eliminate.
Most puppies eat three to four meals a day while they're growing and they'll have to pee and poop after each meal. For younger dogs, wait about 20 minutes after a meal to take him outside to potty. The younger the puppy, the sooner you should take him out after a meal.
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.
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.
Puppies under six months of age shouldn't stay in a crate for more than three or four hours at a time.
They can't control their bladders and bowels for that long.
The same goes for adult dogs being housetrained.
Physically, an older dog can hold it, but they don't know they're supposed to.
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.