Why Labradors Eat Poop and What You Can Do About It


If your Labradors eat poop, you are not alone. In this article we’ll look at why dogs eat poop.

We will also advise you on what you can do to stop your dog from eating his own poop, cat poop, or any other kind of poop for that matter!

Is it normal for Labradors to eat poop?

The answer to this question is yes.

Many dogs enjoy snacking on their own waste products, and sometimes those of other dogs.

It does no mean your dog is depraved or abnormal.

Labradors are no exception, and in fact poo eating may be more common in Labradors than it is in some other breeds of dog.

Help my puppy is eating poop!

Poop eating is even more common in puppies than in older dogs, and if you can ‘nip the habit in the bud’ some pups will grow out of it.

We’ll have a look at the best ways to do that in a moment

Does eating poop harm my dog

Most dogs come to no harm directly, from poop eating. But, it can lead to dogs being rehomed or abandoned.

Many owners find poop eating upsetting and embarrassing.   I hear quite a lot of dog owners issue ultimatums on this one.“This has to stop or he’ll have to go”

“I can’t put up with this, we have children to consider”

The implication being that the dog will no longer be welcome in their home, if this horrible habit cannot be cured.

So this is no ‘minor problem’   It is an issue that can lead to disaster for the dog.

Why do Labradors eat poop?

So why do dogs indulge in this unpleasant habit?

Eating poo seems such a disgusting act to humans, it is difficult for us to understand what motivates this unpleasant behaviour.

Poop eating dogs are often partial to their own poop, as well as that of other dogs.

There are a number of theories as to why dogs eat poo,  from boredom,  to having been punished for accidents. But none of them are the whole story.

The fact is,  that most poo eaters are well fed, well adjusted, kindly treated, well exercised and happy dogs.  And they eat poop, because they actually enjoy it!

One thing I have noticed in my fifty plus years of living with dogs,  is that poo eating, or coprophagia to give it a formal name, seems to be on the increase!

Dog diets an poop eating

To many dogs, another dog’s poo,  or their own,  is a delicious snack.  And the reason for this is probably partly to do with diet.

In times gone by,  dogs were fed a largely natural diet of mainly meat, bones and a few scraps,  which dogs as carnivorous scavengers  could digest almost in its entirety.  What came out the other end was fairly boring.

Yellow Labrador retriever sniffing the ground

Nowadays most dogs are largely fed on  a pelleted cereal-based food known as kibble.

This kibble  contains all the nutrients a dog needs,  but it also contains a number of additives to make the food taste palatable.

After all,  no food manufacturer wants your dog to turn his nose up at their product.   So tasty is the key.  And very tasty they are too.

Do flavour and fillers in dog food make poo eating more likely?

In addition to strong flavourings,  kibble contains quite a lot of ‘fillers’.

marvin the mooseSubstances which bulk up the nutrients and give the food structure.

Much of this ‘filler’ is not needed by the dog, and passes out in its faeces.  This is why kibble fed dogs produce larger quantities of faeces than raw fed dogs.

But remember those flavourings we just talked about?   Well the faeces of the kibble fed dog are not only bulky, they are also highly flavoured.

Now we can see why,  as the popularity of kibble feeding grows,  it is possible that more dogs may be turning to poo eating as a means of grabbing that extra snack during the day.   Poo is getting tastier.   That is my theory anyway!

How many dogs eat poo?

According to the late Sophia Yin, who reports on a study published in 2012, 16% of dogs are serious poo eaters.

She also points out that the study,  based on questioning dog owners,  notes that diet did not play a part.  However, the vast majority of dogs are fed on kibble,  and there is no indication as to what diets were compared or how.  The comparison could have been between different types of kibble,  or between kibble and household scraps.

Interestingly,  the study also notes that ‘spayed bitches’  were the keenest poo eaters, and intact males, the least enthusiastic.

What can you do about dogs eating poop?

There are lots of things you can try to prevent a dog eating his own poo at home.  The first step is to remove the source of poo wherever possible.

This means being scrupulous about picking up after your dog,  whenever he has emptied himself.  Not always easy when you have a  large garden I know,  but well worth the effort.

Flavouring his meals

There are a number of theories about substances you can add to your dog’s meals,  to counteract the nice flavours and make his poo taste unattractive.

Pineapple is a popular one,  pepper powder another.   Many people find these kinds of remedies do not work,  some find that they only work for a short while.   A few seem to have had some success,  so it may be worth a try.

Changing your dogs diet to reduce poo eating

You could also consider changing your dog’s diet. Either to an alternative brand of dog kibble, which uses a far higher ratio of protein like the Orijen food brand.

Or alternatively you could look into switching to raw feeding.

However, not everyone has the time or resources to drastically change the method of feeding their dog.

So what other options are available?

Can Training Reduce Poop Eating in Dogs

Of course,  the methods above only work to prevent your dog eating his own poo.   If he has developed a taste for other dogs’ poo you have a much harder problem on your hands.

You cannot influence what other people feed their dogs and the issue now becomes one of training your dog to ‘leave’  or to ‘recall’  away from the object of his desires, on command.

A reward-based programme of recall training in  which you deliberately seek out dog poo in public places,  and recall your dog away from it, to receive a tasty treat from you,  will  help you to prevent your dog eating other dogs’ poo in your vicinity.

Can A Magic Word Help with Poo Eating?

I have had a lot of success with a ‘Magic Word’ type remedy.

I associate a powerful reward with a special word that I reserve just for the purpose of distracting the dog from poo.

Several times a day, for several days, I will say this ‘magic word’ whilst the dog is in the vicinity, and throw a fabulous reward on the ground for the dog

At some point thereafter, when I see the dog approach a poo with a gleam in her eye, I will use my magic word and chuck the fabulous treat on the ground.

Sometimes, to begin with, the dog will scoff the poo, then come for the reward.  You just have to accept this with a good grace.  Sometimes she will bring the poo with her.  Accept this too.

If your reward is good enough, she will soon abandon all thoughts of poo eating when she hears that word.  This really works if you are persistent, and if your Magic Word is kept strong with great rewards and mostly no requirement from the dog in order to get it.

You can find out more about Magic Word training in this article: Your Labrador’s Magic Word

General training to reduce poo eating in dogs

Joining in a training programme for an activity such as ‘agility’ or ‘gundog training‘  will help to provide your dog with exercise and mental stimulation in different locations where poo is not left lying around,  and to keep his mind occupied.

These measure might just reduce your dog’s enthusiasm for poo eating generally.  But there are no guarantees.

Ultimately you may have to accept that when your dog is out of your sight, or some distance away,  there is little that you can do to prevent prevent him from indulging in this distasteful habit.

You will need to manage your poo eater’s free time and supervise him adequately in busy dog walking areas.

Getting support in dealing with a dog eating poo

You can console yourself with the knowledge that you are not alone,  as this behaviour is very common indeed.


It probably won’t make your dog ill, or cause her to pass some illness on to you.  As with any dog, it makes sense to ensure that they your poo eater is wormed regularly, and that she is not allowed to lick people’s faces, or share food from their plates.

What about you?  Share your tips for preventing or reducing coprophagia below!

Other Canine Eating Problems

Not all dogs eat poop, thankfully! But a lot of Labradors do have the tendency to scoff rubbish. This article will help you with other rubbish eating problems.

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  1. My 2 months old Black Labrador eats his own poop 🙁 Maybe a face muzzle will help him stop and dog food may be one of the reason that make his poop more attractive to eat because of the smell. My mom wants him out of the house, she feels disgusted and embarrassed every time she catches my lab eats its own poop.

  2. Hello Pippa,

    I’ve been reading the artcles in the Labrador Site since before we brought our handsome black lab boy home, and am currently enjoying Total Recall and the Labrador Handbook. Thanks for all the great information!

    The poo eating issue is one of the biggest problems we have with our boy. The actual fact that he eats poo itself doesn’t bother me, however he is obsessed with eating the business left by his friends at daycare. Sadly as a result we’ve had to treat him for Giardia several times in the last 12 months.
    We’re currently using Traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbs to try and curb his poo appetite, after a recommendation from his vet, but we’re not quite there yet. In the meantime, we’re keeping his de-parasite treatment up to date. ?

  3. My sister has three dogs. She’s not at home for at least another three months. All three of them will eat poop out in our backyard-only one of the three has a muzzle. Inside this one of two male dogs been getting into bathroom trash-he hadn’t been interested in the trash before-it was normally was another dog-the only female-but with this male we have gotten to the point where we have to keep the bathroom door closed. The only female when outside has taken an interested in the winter green plants that we have and there’s no way to stop her from trying to eat them (even though they are in soil high above her-she can just be on her hind two feet to try to eat the stuff).

  4. Our puppy is 3 months old and still poos at night in her crate, for the last 2 nights we have come down to a dirty bed but no poo so assume she is eating it. Am going to try pineapple to see if this stops her. We go to bed at round 10.30pm and wake in the night to take her into the garden at around 2.30/3am. Are there any other suggestions to help with this as we are keen that it doesn’t become a habit.

  5. Our male lab suddenly developed a passion for dog poo at about 5 months old, he never ate his own poo or that of our other dog but he loved to sniff out poo on his walks. I could call him away with a tasty treat but it became stressful trying to keep an eye on him all of the time, and as I have discovered there is poo EVERYWHERE! We would end up walking him on a lead and trying to think up more and more places where there wouldn’t be much dog poo – the beach is a good place if you live near the coast. Our dog ended up with a very nasty case of diarrhoea & vomiting and had to spend a day at the vets on a drip, so something had to be done. I really didn’t want to use a muzzle so I contacted a dog trainer. She was great and reassured me that lots of dogs partake in this delightful activity. She recommended a spray collar which you can activate by remote control. When my dog was about to eat poo she pressed the button and the collar released a quick squirt of compressed air, which surprised my dog and he moved away from the poo. He only had to wear the collar for a few weeks before he stopped eating poo completely. I think it is good to get the advice of a trainer as these collars need to be used correctly. We are now 3 months down the line and walks are once again enjoyable.

  6. When your dog poops, pick it up. I have a spayed female who sometimes eats a little poo. I go out with my dogs and follow them with poop scoop in hand so that none is left in the yard, I guess it would be called a garden. She is not terribly interested in other dogs’ leavings when hiking on mountain trails. The hikes are so much fun that she doesn’t even notice the poo. But the most important thing is keeping all the poo picked up in the yard or garden.

  7. My 8yr old black female rescue lab knows eating poo is naughty, and won’t eat poo if im near or watching her but will eat it if im not looking at her or in the distance. Is eating poo bad for her? I always put her on the lead afterwards and she always looks at me guiltily afterwards and I tell her off. She will leave it if I say” no ” but not if I’m a few metres away. We give her seaweed to give her the vitamins in poo. She eats any poo. Do you think she will ever stop it
    ? We have only had her for a year and she might have been doing it all her life.

  8. My 3 year old yellow Labrador bitch will eat poo whenever she has a chance. We take her in the garden in the morning and follow her until she poos and pick it up before she can eat it. On walks she wears a basket muzzle, like previous comments, we don’t like to see her in a muzzle but it seems to be the only answer. She doesn’t seem to mind the muzzle and doesn’t bother to look for poo when she is wearing it. I would advise anyone to try a muzzle, it does take a while to train them to wear it, there are videos on youtube to help with the training.

  9. Our 8 month old lab has gotten in the habit of eating his poop if he eliminates in his crate during the day. He doesn’t eat his own poop outside, although he is obsessed with the rabbit poop in our yard. His stool is very soft and sometimes is even diarrhea in the evenings after he has eaten his poop. His stool returns to normal after a weekend of not eating his own poop. How can we get him to try and hold it and/or stop eating it if he can’t hold it until we get home?

  10. After reading the article and many comments, I feel much better that I am not alone having my chocolate lab eating poo and rubbish from time to time. I live in Munich where there are green park in just about every neighborhood where people walk dogs and kids and adults play balls or bike through. Naturally there are always dogs poo here and there. Not everyone picks up their dogs piles. Worse there are also trash, I mean left over food, plastic wrap, packages, old rotten meals people just throw into bushes where our sweet quick nose labs can find them quickly. Often enough there will be human secrement, too. With all tricks and guides and advice, it is almost impossible to prevent our dogs not to engage in this kind of behavior unless they are always on the leash and or wear muzzle when out for a walk. I have a 3 years old intact male choco lab. I deal with this daily and not only that I have to watch out when bitchs which are in heat around because my Apollo will take off as soon as he smells it in the air.
    Apollo loves sports specially ball, not only retrieving but catching and blocking in the air. He can play an hour long, He is a Frisbee pro. He is an excellent swimmer no matter how cold the water is. He can run along on leash while I bike. Highly clever and mischievous. Even though I engage him with all kinds of sports and activities the whole time we are out, nevertheless he is still finding things to eat out there. But not every time, though. How can you use magic word if he find old hamburger or sandwich and already in his mouth. For sure he wouldn’t “leave” or spit it out to come back to you before he finishes it. What I try to do is I try not to let him being to far from me, maybe only a few meters. That way he knows that I am watching him. Using recall immediately when it looks like he is about to eat something like dog poo. It works most of the times. But if it’s rubbish like people food, no recall or magic word will stop him. Even though you manage to get him away, he will remember to come back for it even another hour later. It is frustrating but that how Labrador is. I know quite a few lab owners and we share same story. You can do your best to minimize it but you cannot change the eating habit of Labrador.

  11. Hi Heather,
    You mentioned one of your labs tried eating her own poop but you trained her out of it…how exactly did you do that? Our chocolate lab bitch us 3 and asks to go outside to wee, but will seemingly hold herself all day until we’ve gone to bed before she poops? She too will often eat the evidence. Naturally we don’t greet, fuss or reward behaviour once discovered, but send her out to ‘Toilet’. I admit I resent starting almost every morning cleaning and disinfecting my kitchen before I can even pour coffee and see to my 4 kids…at 3 years old I’d hoped she would have distinguished the difference between the greetings she gets when she’s been clean, to the frosty reception she receives when she hasn’t. It is destroying our relationship with her…

  12. Hi Pippa. My elderly springer has always eaten poo (other doge’s). I tried very hard to train this out of her. My word was ‘no’ leave, then treat, which worked for a while. She then began to learn that if she left it, she got a tasty treat from me. I watched her actually look at me, put her head down to eat the poo, but actually wait for my word knowing a treat would come, THEN we would walk on and she would run back for it. She was far to clever! My Labrador gobbles poo down so quickly so there is no time for a command. Actually, I have 5 Gundogs who snack on poo from time to time. I have given up to a point. I try and keep them occupied with hunting or retrieving which is more interesting to them than eating poo!!

  13. Hi Pippa,

    How do we know when our labs are ready to leave the crate for sleeping elsewhere in the house at night? Is there something to look for that will convince us that the house training has worked and she is ready to be on her own at night? Also, how do we train her to tell us that she wants to go out to do her “chores”? If we are in the same room, her uneasiness and going to the door is a good clue. But, what about when she is not with us?

    Your help to others has been very useful to us and I hope you have some answers for us on these topics too.

  14. I have a 16 week chocolate lab bitch, not left on her own, walked minimum 3 times a day, morning 6:00 afternoon 13:00 and then night 20:30. She will leave poop that she finds when walking no problems there.
    But if she poops in the garden inbetween walked she will eat it as fast as it comes out. No time to clean it up ourselves. She it great apart from that she will return on command walks off the lead, and is toilet trained in house. She is fed wainwrights puppy food was thinking on trying all meat instead any advise would be great fully used.

  15. we have a 7month choc lab who in the past month has decided to eat his own poo and now on walks eats other dogs hes fed on kibble walked everyday hes neverleft home alone for vast lengths of time what do i do next or will he grow out of it ??

  16. I have had the misfortune to walk with someone who both dogs eat each others poop! I found it revolting and sickening.J have had seven dogs over thirty years or so and only one Lab tried it.We trained her out of it and she was fine.None of our other dogs bothered.Some were fed Kibble,some meat and mixer.Our boy now is fed Kibble with a little wet meat mixed in.He is in good health and condition.I think anxiety is a issue and it must be rotten for them to be left all day and if they do have an accident that would be bad for them .They hate poking and weeing in their own space.I am allways angry when people take a dog or puppy and leave them to go to work.What is the point in having a dog if your going to abandon it ..Come on people show a little sense and figure it out!

  17. Hi, I am at the end of my tether. I have two springer spaniels, one is 3 the other is 6 months old. The 6 month old is weeing and pooing in the house even when the back door is open, the other day he did it whilst I was in the room but I had my back to him. He is constantly eating poo as well, and will even bring it inside the house. The 3 year old is a dream and very well behaved and we are doing exactly the same with the puppy. I feel like I can go on with this much longer as I have 4 children and its simply unhygienic. Can anybody help?

    • Hi Joanne, your pup obviously hasn’t really grasped the concept of housetraining yet. He is not too old to learn, but you need to get cracking on a really structured house training programme. You’ll need to start over, just like you would with a new puppy, though it should be easier because your puppy will have much better bladder control. Don’t leave the door open, as you won’t know whether or not he has emptied himself. The key rules are to go out with the puppy, reward any successful toilet outings, and to confine or restrict the pup after any unsuccessful trips to the garden. This means you will need a crate small enough that he won’t sleep at one end and use the other as a toilet. Picking up and even eating poo is very normal puppy behaviour. He will probably grow out of carrying poo around. It is just a game to him. In the meantime, pick up his poops as soon as he has done them, and distract him with food or games if manages to pick one up. Check out the housetraining and crate training articles in the puppies section for more information. Pippa

  18. Thank you so much for clearing my mind. I was getting worried….I will be more aware and clean right away every time I can, to give any chance for him to eat this unpleasent snack. Thank you also for this amazing website that gives the most helpful information.

  19. My 6 month old Choc Lab Bitch takes great delight in eating other dogs and cats poo. She is well fed (Hills Science Plan) well exercised and loved to bits, never left and played with loads. I have tried everything to stop her doing this ghastly habit to no avail. We just have to put up with her bad breath and very smelly wind!!! I am just hoping she will grow out of it.

  20. hey Pippa, my 6 m.o. lab is not eating his food. i have tried ma best to make him eat. i have added pedigree’s gravy, biscuits and some other things also. what should i do to make him eat?? and plz also tell that how do i get to know that my lab is havin’ some prblm…

  21. We have a 10year old chocolate lab who ate her own poo as a puppy but nothing else until she has now obsesive co
    mpulsion to eat fox poo. She gets the smell and shes of and no amount of calling will stop her. Any tips?

  22. My two 9 yr old labrador bitches both eat as much dog poo as they can find and there is plenty out there that irresponsible dog owners don’t pick up. They are rescue dogs and I have had them nearly two years. One of them has had an ear operation and is completely deaf which makes it even more difficult for me to stop her eating poo. It really spoils our walks as they keep stopping every few yards for a snack! In the end I have to put them on leads otherwise we would never get anywhere. I have always had dogs but have never had this problem before. Any suggestions?

  23. I am at a loss for what to do. Our 18 m.o. lab spends all his walk time (off lead) eating other dog’s poo – and there is a lot of it lying around. We try to distract him with toys, and have tried a citronella spray collar, which doesn’t bother him in the least. He also eats other (full)poo bags which have been discarded, and if I’m not quick enough to get him on the lead, will run up to other dog walkers and snatch their poo bags from their hands and eat both bag and poo. This, much more than the general poo scavenging is unacceptable behaviour – how do I stop it?

  24. Hi, our 14 week old Labrador puppy eats his own poos when we’re out at work. We both work full time but manage to get back home at 3 hourly intervals. We walk, feed and toilet him before leaving for work, but every time we come home there are wees and poo “smudges” on our kitchen floor. We really hoped to be making some progress with the toilet training by now, our vet thinks it may be a habit that Arnold has got into so we’re trying to mix up the routine a bit to see if that helps. Any tips / advice greatly appreciated. Cheers Tanya & Phil

    • Hi Tanya, many 14 week old puppies cannot last 3 hours without a wee or poo. Most small puppies need letting out more often than this. And as your vet has pointed out, a habit has now been established, which can be tricky to break. Crate training is the best answer, to resolving house training problems but it is not very kind to leave a puppy in a crate for three hours in the morning and again in the afternoon. Many puppies will eat their poop if left alone with it for very long.
      It sounds as though you need to find someone to help with your puppy during the day, at least until he is house trained, and a little more mature.

  25. I have a 2 year old black neutered male who is obsessed with eating other dog’s poo. He finds it hard to walk past a pile without eating it. The only poo he wont eat is that which is obviously derived from bones and is very white in colour. I have recently taken on a retired guide dog aged 6 and a lab/golden retriever cross. She has spent 6 years not “scavenging” but now eats poo by the bucket load. I can only conclude that it must taste nice which is why the new dog does it. My advice – now being resigned to accepting it is: Worm, treat for parasites and vaccinate regularly. Don’t make a big issue of it – my experience is that if I do, it turns it into a game and it’s very hard for me to win if they are off the lead. I keep my dogs on a lead for the first part of a walk where most of the poo will be. This problem seems to be increasingly common amongst not only the labradors I meet but other gun dogs – particularly, spaniels.

    • My 3 year old failed guide dog is obsessed! I’ve tried everything. EVERYTHING! Nothing works so I let him get on with it but try to walk in areas where poo is minimal.

  26. My young collie doesn’t eat his own but he will eat my older dogs, whilst leaving the middle dogs alone (for the mostpart). I wondered if it was a pack thing as the older dog is in charge and the middle one just a plaything. I have tried pineapple, banana, kelp. I even at one point left some in the garden covered in tobasco but he seemed to like that too. I had hoped he might grow out of it but he is now 18 months old so doesn’t look likely.

  27. This is one of the most useful blogs I have read on this subject. My 18 month old lab, Ruby, has taken a liking to particular types of poo. I have found the best approach is training to ‘leave’ but as you say, it only works when you are nearby. As a novice dog owner it is reassuring that Ruby is not showing unusual behaviour.
    Please call by my website http://www.walkingalabrador.com to see how a novice dog owner is coping with raising a Labrador.

  28. My worry is that our 1 year old is insistent on eating our cats po! I am guessing that it isn’t going any harm as she is not ill, she eats well (probably to well) but have to now keep mint chews to kill the smelly breath when she has eaten it. She even waits until the cat goes out and follows her. Roll on winter when she hasn’t got such easy access to the garden! (Back door closed)

  29. My 2-month old pup has started eating his own poop because i get to leave him during the day because of my job. Would he get sick or something? I’m kinda worried about it.. 🙁

  30. My 6 month old pup has just started the revolting habit of eating other dog’s poo. He has sampled horse and cow poo also but dog poo is his all time favourite.
    He is fed on kibble and certainly gets enough to eat. His weight is spot on for his age and he has plenty of exercise. He has been trained by reward but his training recall and ‘leave command goes out of his brain every afternoon on his hour long walk, run and play with other dogs. I find it embarrassing and certainly his breath is vile. How to stop this revolting habit apart from restricting his freedom and keeping him on a lead so that he cannot run but can be stopped eating poo, there seems to be no happy medium

    • Sounds familiar, my 1 and half year old yellow lab is the same. Weekdays Millie is walked on the lead around the streets and a local field, weekends we take her to a nearby forest.
      She is lead walked until we pass the majority of poop and then let off, almost immediately she is on the trail for poop not interested in sticks or balls to retrieve.
      The recall is an obvious route and should work, Millie responds well to recall but not when she has sniffed some choice poop.
      When this happens there is nothing I can do to distract from devouring the lot, even despite me calling her name and saying leave.
      Today we had one of our worse days when she devoured 8 sets of poop and each time completely ignoring me until after she had her fill.
      There is remorse and resentment to being put on the lead as a kind of punishment, but there is no connection between what she has done.
      What makes the whole experience such a disappointment is the retching on the way home and at home where the poop eaten doesn’t agree with her.
      Recall has been suggested which I favour and eventually I believe will work, but I would like to know what others think about a muzzle and a collar spray.
      I am not convinced about the muzzle as some owners I have met say it make the dog just walk close to the owner as they can defend themselves.
      The collar spray does boast good results but I am just wondering what the down side might be.
      Any further advice would be appreciated.

      • I doubt very much that there is any “remorse & resentment” from your dog for being put on the lead after eating poo. You say yourself your dog doesn’t associate the two acts. This is humanising your dog, they just don’t think like humans. Being put on a lead is never, in my opinion, a “punishment” from the dog’s perspective. It’s just something that “is”.

        My rescue cocker spaniel is very interested in sheep & horse poo rather than other dog’s poo. I have worked hard at “leave it” training to good effect.

        A muzzle will not redirect your dog’s attention & spray collars may only have a temporary effect if any, depending on the strength of your dog’s poo eating drive!

      • My yellow lab started this the same day she came home as a puppy. I thought with time I would be able to stop her. Arwen is 8 and I have to put muzzle on as she eats everything she sees. It’s quite a task if she is sick on carpet. Sick is bad enough but with poo in it. It’s hard to stop being sick with her. I love her with all my heart I just accept she won’t change.