If your Rottweiler has been eating its poop you’re probably wanting to know why and what you should do about it.
This post will show you a number of reasons why your Rottweiler might eat its poop and what you can do about it.
So, why does my Rottweiler eat its poop? Possible reasons are that it is not getting the right nutrients in its diet, illness, stress or that it does it for the attention.
Your Rottweiler could be doing it for a number of reasons. However, there are some things you can consider when trying to figure out the exact reason and there are a number of things you can do about it.
Why your Rottweiler eats its poop
Below are a number of reasons why your Rottweiler might eat its poop and what would make them more likely.
Rottweilers are supposed to get exercise on a daily basis. When they do not get enough exercise, they will often behave abnormally and it might be part of the reason why yours has been eating poop. This would be more likely if it does it more on days when it has not gotten any exercise.
Generally, it is recommended for them to get an hour of exercise per day or more when they are healthy adults.
The reason might be that it has not been getting the right nutrients in its diet and it is trying to get more nutrients by eating dirt or poop. This would be more likely if it has started doing it suddenly since a change in its diet. It would help to make sure that you have been feeding it correctly.
Also, worms and other parasites can cause nutrients to leach from a dog’s system (source). The reason why your Rottweiler does it might be to satisfy nutritional deficiencies this would be more likely if you have noticed that it tends to eat dirt as well. If it has started doing it suddenly or it has been acting unusually it would help to take it to a vet for a checkup.
The cause could be that it has gotten an illness and it is trying to soothe its stomach by eating things such as poop. This would be more likely if your Rottweiler has started doing it suddenly and if it has been showing signs of being ill such as vomiting. In this case, the best option would be to take it to a vet.
The cause might be that it is stressed. This would be more likely if it does it more in situations in which it might be stressed or anxious such as when you leave it for long periods or if it has started doing it after another pet passed away.
The cause might also be that it is looking for extra attention. This would be more likely if it does it more when you have not been giving it much attention, if you tend to give it extra attention when it does it and if it seems to do it more when you are watching it.
It would help to give it attention throughout the day by exercising it, training it and playing with it. But, it would also help to try to redirect its focus before it starts eating poop to try and get it out of the habit of doing it.
To make itself throw up
It’s not uncommon for Rottweilers (and other dogs) to throw up after eating poop. This leads some people to think that they eat it due to having an upset stomach that they want to alleviate by throwing up.
However, some people disagree with this saying that dogs aren’t smart enough to do that and that most dogs don’t actually throw up when they eat poop.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider when trying to figure out why your Rottweiler has been eating poop.
When your Rottweiler first started to eat its poop
If your Rottweiler has not always eaten poop, it would help to consider what else happened when it first started doing it.
If it started doing it suddenly it would make it more likely to be due to things such as an illness, stress, anxiety or a change in its diet. It would help to consider what else changed when it started eating poop.
Whereas, if it has always done it, things such as boredom, hunger or wanting attention would be more likely.
When it does it
It would also help to consider if there are certain situations in which it tends to eat poop since the timing might also have something to do with it.
For example, if it tends to do it more when you have not given it more attention or exercise it would make it more likely that it is either understimulated or looking for attention.
How to get your Rottweiler to stop eating poop
Below are some options you have when getting your Rottweiler to stop eating poop.
Make sure that its diet is right
As mentioned above, it might be the case that there is an issue with its diet. You can look here to see what you should and should not be feeding your Rottweiler. It would also help to check with the vet, when you see one next, that you are feeding it correctly.
It would also help to make sure that it is able to get the daily recommended amount of exercise. Generally, it is recommended for healthy adult Rottweilers to get at least an hour of exercise per day.
Give it other things to chew on
You could also try giving it other things to chew on such as toys, bones and dog chews.
Take it to a vet
If it has been doing it excessively, it has been showing signs of being ill or you cannot get it to stop, it would likely help to take it for a checkup with the vet. By doing so, you should be able to rule out medical causes and to get expert advice tailored towards your particular Rottweiler.