We all know that dogs, in general, like to discover new places, objects, plants, and smells. However, eating poop definitely presents something not only insane but also disgusting. Maybe you haven't heard for this, but this phenomenon happens very often in dogs.
So, why do French bulldogs eat poop?
Well, most dog owners would say that dogs do that because they are not conscious of what do they actually eat. Frenchies, like all other dog breeds, like to put their noses everywhere and their meaning of 'haute cuisine' is pretty different from ours. There's even a scientific name for this kind of condition- it's called COPROPHAGIA.
This statement has even become confirmed by hundreds of animal behaviorists. Dogs are carnivores that sometimes don't know how to deal with hungriness, so the last solution is not to stay picky.
There are also many other reasons why would a Frenchie eat poop:
A dog with stomach parasites simply begs for food all the time. To 'plastically explain' you, parasites take all the food, so there's nothing left for a dog. That's why it suddenly starts eating poop. Therefore, I advise you to regularly check your Frenchie's stool and to take him to the vet any time you notice something strange is happening.
2- Diabetes and problems with thyroid
As in people, French bulldog can also suffer from diabetes. Unfortunately, diabetes brings many bad effects, such as losing or gaining weight. While some dogs refuse to eat, the others get an increased appetite.
3- Long Steroid usageAllergies present one of the most common health issues in French bulldogs. While some allergy types can be treated with different atopic gels and sprays and regular bathing, some serious cases require steroid treatment. Steroids can really help anyone, whether we talk about dogs or people, however, the long usage weakens the skin. Another side effect is the huge hunger. Steroids increase hunger, so your Frenchie can easily gain weight and start eating poop in the lack of food.
4- A lack of nutrition
It's highly important to provide your Frenchie with multiple meals and healthy snacks. Since they're famous as greedy eaters, the behavior of eating poop doesn't surprise us much, is that right? A good feeding schedule will always keep your French bulldog away from this condition.
We all know that French bulldogs belong to companion dogs that implies the fact that they don't like to be separated from their owners. Otherwise, they can easily become anxious and develop a condition called separation anxiety. So, in order to keep your little gremlin entertained while you're out, I recommend you to buy him different interactive feeding toys.
Another type of anxiety a Frenchie may develop in case he's feeling scared of someone. For example, if you yell at him while you're teaching him how and where to do a potty, he can make a conclusion that he's doing something wrong. So, the only thing left is to eat his own poop in the end.
How to stop a French bulldog from eating poop?
1- Using taste-aversion products
This way includes spraying your dog's stool with some smell and taste that will not seem attractive to him. It's usually garlic or onion drops/powder, lemon juice, chamomile oil or tea, parsley, yucca, and something spicey such as pepper.
2- Add different supplements to your Frenchie' nutrition
Many dog owners have solved this problem by giving their Frenchies B complex of vitamins. Therefore, why not try it?
3- Training, training and only training
It might sound like a phrase, but training a dog seems like the best option for solving this bad behavior. Your Frenchie simply needs to learn that eating poop is something not allowed. However, I also suggest you not to punish him, because it may only cause fear and stubbornness in your lovely batpig.