It always saddens me when I see dogs eating poo or drinking their urine. There are various theories as to why they do this but in rescue cases it’s usually because they have either been starved and it was ‘food’ and ‘drink’ or in my Naser’s case it was because he was a hunting dog, living in a small cage, rarely taken out and it was the only way to keep his cage clean.
There is a professional name for such behaviour: coprophagia (Greek). Apart from the aforementioned reasons for rescue dogs partaking of such behaviour other reasons include:
• Mother pups licking newborn puppies to encourage them to go to the loo and then eating the faeces to keep the nest clean and hide evidence of her offspring from predators.