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Why Does My Dog Eat Poop? Stop Litter Box Grazing With The Door Buddy

by | Apr 21, 2016 | Ask Amy Videos, Dog Training & Care, Product Reviews, Sponsored | 14 comments

Do you often ask, Why does my dog eat poop? This disgusting habit drives humans nuts, and even cats get upset with dogs eating cat poop. So when you ask, How can I stop my dog from eating poop?” you’ll find the answers here. Read on!

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Puppy antics delight most new owners, but dogs eating poop prompts anything but smiles. My own darling Magic indulged when he turned six months old. He’d make a beeline to visit his horse buddy next door and find the nifty treats she left on the ground. After these nasty snacks Magic always tried to kiss everybody on the lips, yuck! Thank doG, he finally outgrew the behavior…

But many dogs indulge. Urk! That’s why I’m thrilled today to be reviewing The Door Buddy.

WHY YOUR DOG EATS POOP

Dogs commonly eat their own or another animal’s droppings (coprophagia). This is normal behavior for mom-dogs that must clean up after their babies, and some of the pups may end up mimicking this behavior. It first appears in pups at about four to nine months of age. And generally, the dog outgrows the behavior. There are a number of ways to deter the behavior in puppies, discussed in my book Complete Puppy Care.

DOGS EATING CAT POOP

DogDoorBuddyFor adult dogs, though, it’s not unusual for the cat’s litter box to be treated as a canine snack bar. That’s because cat food contains more protein than dog food, and as a result, feline waste tastes good to dogs. The nasty habit is not only unsanitary, it puts Sheba’s tail in a twist to have a dog messing with her toilet. Cats pestered in their bathroom look for another place to “go” such as behind the sofa.

Toddlers Play In (Yuck!) Schtuff, Too!

It’s not only dogs that investigate the kitty potty and hiss off the cat–and risk illness from parasites, too. Human babies and toddlers, just like puppies, love to explore and guess what ends up being tasted? Even if there are now safe cat litters for every purr-suasion, swallowed litter makes anyone queasy. Double urk! A dog invading the cat’s space also can make litter box training more difficult.

Prevent dog access to litter box with The Door Buddy

The Door Buddy is an innovative strap that controls the size of door openings.

What’s a caring parent (of two-legged or four-legged “kids”) to do? Enter the Door Buddy.

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I already had a couple of ASK AMY videos on YouTube about the issue, and received an email from one of my viewers. Scott Johnson wrote to tell me about his product, The Door Buddy, and offered to send me a sample to review. I was intrigued.

The Door Buddy is a management tool that helps you control access to the cat’s litter box and/or food bowl–or kitty’s favorite room. Essentially, it’s a peel-and-stick low-tech and economical solution that installs in minutes. The adjustable strap allows you to determine the size of the door opening so that your smaller cat can come and go (and eat or eliminate in peace) while preventing larger animals–including babies and toddlers!–from entering the area.

Economical & Easy DIY

The Door Buddy requires no fancy installment and is way less expensive than pet gate barriers or “cat flap” and doggy doors that often are recommended. I was concerned that 90-pound Magic would bulldoze his way through since no screws attach the strap to the door and frame. A very determined large dog could get through–but for smaller dogs and those like Magic that only require a reminder, The Door Buddy works like a charm.

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Check out the video, below, for more details on the Door Buddy and how easy it is to install. I love the video clips at the end of the kiddies, and bet you will, too. Oh…and then scroll on down for your chance to WIN a Door Buddy to try out at your house. You can also see my video review below with MY fur-kids and how they react to the Door Buddy.

Great for Multi-Cat and Multi-Pet Homes!

At my house, my Karma-Kat is a bit of a piggy when it comes to Seren-Kitty’s food bowl. Magic has taken to doing a paws-up on the table where I feed the cats, and reeeeeching over to clean out their bowls (sheehs, there’s another use for me!). Because my two cats are enough different in size, the Door Buddy works quite well to offer Seren access while limiting Karma’s ability to gnosh from the room where she’s fed. CatDoorBuddy

Do you have dogs that pester your cat during dinner or potty duty? Or maybe you have Mutt-and-Jeff size dogs that need to have separate feeding ops? I could see the Door Buddy working particularly well for multi-pet homes–but also as a boon to keeping your cats calm when the grandkids come to visit!

Now take a minute to watch the video, below (with Seren-Kitty, Magical-Dawg & Karma-Kat). What do you think? Do tell! Yes, I look a bit tired because my video software was being obnoxious (much easier to train cats and dogs, LOL!)

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14 Comments

  1. Sue

    Wow- what a great idea! My dogs are pretty small (yorkies) and my cats are pretty big- but I would still try it. One of my cats is 16 and he can’t jump up on the table to eat anymore- I have to lift him up to it a few times a day. This could be a great solution to allow me to feed them on the floor.

    • Amy Shojai

      Hey Sue, the Door Buddy sounds like something worth a try. Be sure to enter the give-away, maybe you’ll win one!

  2. Wayne Borean aka The Mad Hatter

    LOL. Would last two seconds with Rose and Kleo. They are very strong and energetic mutts!

    Cute too.

    • Amy Shojai

      Ha-ha! Well Wayne, there always are those exceptions. 🙂 This is another tool in the kit. Always great to have different options because…as we all know…every pet and pet family is different.

      • Wayne Borean aka The Mad Hatter

        25mm wide steel strap, 4mm course thread screws, with a drop pin like the ones used on the three point hitch of a farm tractor. That’s what it would take with my girls!

        When they aren’t snoring that is. Rose is lying beside me while I’m going through my email, and she sounds like a 747 taking off at times. Other times she’s chasing dream rabbits. Sometimes when chasing those rabbits she yips so loud she wakes herself up.

    • Amy Shojai

      Hey Ava, glad you don’t need it (wish I didn’t either, LOL!). Hope you’ll share the post with the folks you do know who might benefit. Thanks bunches for visiting and commenting.

  3. Three Chatty Cats

    Whew, I’m glad I don’t have to deal with our doggy bothering with the kitty litter. But the Door Buddy does sound like a great solution if your household has that problem!

  4. Kitty Cat Chronicles

    This is an awesome idea! My dog likes to take a snack break on the cat box buffet sometimes, but unfortunately she is the same size as the cats, so I don’t think this would work to keep her out. Sounds like a purrfect solution for those with bigger dogs though!

    • Amy Shojai

      Yep, the cat size dogs can be a challenge. If your cats are able to jump, sometimes placing the litter box out of reach on a counter can work.

  5. The Daily Pip

    Yep, we have this problem in our house as well. Our super senior, 19 year-old cat, Elsie sometimes misses the box. She’s trying, but at 19 sometimes she doesn’t quite make it. Ruby (dog) takes advantage of her senility and well …let’s just say we could definitely use a door buddy!

    • Amy Shojai

      I think that may be what triggered Magic’s re-introduction to the (urk) snacking, when Seren-Kitty left a couple of “presents” within reach.

  6. Bridget Rangel

    Important topic that you have raised at your site. Really it helps a lot in separation of dogs, cats and babies. Door Strap is the best thing ever i have seen.

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