Rated 4 out of 5 by alyeskaNC Not a miracle pill but it can help
Poo eating is one of the hardest (and most disgusting) habits to change. There's no miracle pill out there that will magically stop a dog from doing this; I've searched.
We recently (6 mos ago) adopted a puppy that came with this disgusting habit. After observing him for the first few days, I started a search on the Internet for what to do about it. I am almost convinced that part of his problem is digestive, as no matter how much he was fed, he would search out his own poo and FRANTICALLY devour it, if allowed. And he's one of those who is trying to turn as he's going, to get at it as soon as possible.
Another thing - you could stand 25 yards upwind from him and smell it; it'll knock you down. This makes cleaning it up ten times the chore.
My vet didn't have much to say on the subject. He was a puppy when I brought him for his first visit and she assured me that many pups outgrow this. However, the frenetic nature of his actions, coupled with the fact that he also devours pine cones, sticks, leaves, etc., made me feel that something else was contributing to it. Also, his "deposits", I felt, were way oversized for his age and body size. And he seemed to suffer an unusual (and eye-stinging) amount of gas.
I bought the GNC Stool No!, not expecting a whole lot, but felt I needed to start somewhere. I also changed his dog food. He was originally on a super high quality, grain-free food, but I've switched to a lamb and brown rice formula (within the same brand). I started the tablets right away, along with training behavior, calling him away as soon as he goes and treating him. I clean up when he's in the house (some vets and trainers feel that cleaning up when the dog is present makes the poo more desirable, given a dog's competitive nature).
The first improvement I noticed was the smell. The odor had nearly all disappeared. This alone makes it worth it, as I can't imagine cleaning it up unaltered in 100+ degree heat this coming summer.
I set a trial period of 1 month and as the weeks went by I noticed he was less frantic about the habit and more willing to come to me when I called him off it. He will now come up to me right after doing his business, looking for a treat, without me calling him. However, he will go after it if I leave him outside with it for a period of time, so he needs to be monitored when he's outside and kept engaged in play or some other activity. He's less gassy as well and seems to have fewer bouts of soft stools (for him, the softer the yummier).
We have another dog, an adult, and thankfully, he's not interested at all in her poo (although hers is cleaned up right away also).
We ran out of the pills recently, and didn't get out to the store right away; I started to notice an uptick in his desire to scarf those things up again. He's now back on them and will remain on them.
I truly feel the product has helped a great deal. Perhaps with some dogs it might eliminate the desire, but with ours that desire is still there under the surface and we need to continue with training and with the supplements. It will probably be a lifelong struggle with him, but the supplement genuinely seem to help.
January 18, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by handywoman I believe it is working!
At first I thought it was just like all the other remedies I had tried but then I noticed I was scooping up a lot more feces than before. He is only 2/3 through this bottle of 120 but I plan on buying it again and being careful not to skip days. He is a very big dog and I give him two a day which he considers "treats".
December 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SusieBell625 Worked immediately
We have a German Shepherd pup who discovered "poopsicles" over the past winter. We tried many non-pill remedies such as pineapple, pumpkin, parsley, etc but could not find any food items that both dogs would take on a regular basis. We tried several pill-form remedies and several did the job but we are staying with this brand and variety. Not only is the pup leaving feces alone now, but also the stools do not stink as bad! Also my big dogs (both about 80 pounds) only need to take one pill per meal (they are fed twice a day), unlike other brands that require one pill per each 20 lbs. I can either put it right in each food dish or give them as a treat--we offer our dogs "after-dinner mints" and they happily take them!
June 18, 2014