Nasty Habit: Why Do Some Dogs Eat Poop

An under-the-belly photo of a dog wearing a red bandana around its neck, leaning down to eat something in the grasses.

You are at the park with your pet and are just about to give them a hug and kiss, when you notice they just gobbled down something. Oh no! Poop! This gross habit that some pets develop may be ghastly to us, but to them it is a perfectly natural thing to do. 

Some dogs are more prone to eating excrement, though, and there are a number of reasons why they do it. Huntington Veterinary Hospital wants to help you understand this gross but common issue of why some dogs eat poop. 

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Best of Both Worlds: Puppy Training and Grooming at Huntington Veterinary Hospital

Puppy training and dog grooming can help your dog thriveBringing a new puppy into your family is arguably one of the most delightful experiences life has to offer. Along with all the fun and cuteness, however, comes a big dose of responsibility. Puppies require regular wellness care, vaccinations, proper nutrition, daily exercise, and much more.

Puppy training and grooming are two important factors that go into the health and happiness of your pet. Fortunately, Huntington Veterinary Hospital is here to help with both!

More than Just a Pretty Face

No one can deny the pleasure that comes from snuggling a freshly bathed pup, but grooming has benefits beyond simple cleanliness. Regular bathing and brushing keeps the fur free of tangles and mats, removes excess dirt and hair, and stimulates blood flow to the skin. Nail trims are important for the health of your pet’s paws, and ear cleanings keep the ears free of buildup that could lead to infection or discomfort.

Making pet grooming a priority also gives you or your groomer the chance to inspect your dog’s skin for lumps, bumps, wounds, or external parasites on a regular basis.

The Importance of Puppy Training and Socialization

We’ve all met dogs who haven’t been properly trained or socialized; perhaps they jump up on guests, bolt out the door as soon as it’s opened, or display aggressive or fearful tendencies. Puppy training and socialization is absolutely vital to the future happiness of your new pet. A well-behaved, properly socialized dog is more confident, happier, and poses less of a risk to themselves and others.

Ideally, a puppy’s socialization process begins at home between 3-9 weeks of age. This is the time for lots of gentle handling, exposure to new people and places, and redirection away from undesirable behaviors such as chewing, play biting, or house soiling. As soon as your pup is fully vaccinated, introduce a formal training and socialization class, as well as increase exposure to other people and pets.

What We Offer

At Huntington Veterinary Hospital, we strongly believe in treating the whole pet, which is why we offer grooming and training services, in addition to high-quality medical care.

  • Puppy grooming – A clean puppy is a happy puppy! Bring your little cutie in for a bath, nail trim, ear cleaning, haircut, anal gland expression, and parasite examination with our professional groomer. You can also combine additional veterinary services with your puppy’s grooming appointment.
  • Puppy training and socialization – Give your new pet the opportunity to socialize with other puppies in a supervised group setting. They’ll learn basic obedience skills and practice good manners in our puppy training and socialization classes.
  • Rally and trick training – Rally and trick training classes take your dog’s skills to the next level. This also gives you a chance to work and learn together in a high-energy environment.

For further questions about our puppy training or other classes or to schedule an appointment for your pet, please don’t hesitate to contact the staff at Huntington Veterinary Hospital.