Mama to 9 so far:Mother of Joey (20), Dominick (13), Abigail (11), Angelo (8), Mylee (6), Delainey (3), Colton (2) and Baby 8 and Baby 9 coming sometime in July 2013. If evolution were true, mothers would have three arms!
If the dog is instinctively looking for food - and eating poop - could it be the case that there is a lot of undigested food in the feces? So, the feces would still smell a lot like food.
Lesser quality pet foods are not as well digested, and there are more "fillers" in them. This I *do* know, based on info from my vet (in respect to cat food) and experience. When I feed my cat high quality foods, there is a LOT LESS in the litter box. (Pet food is directly correlated to price, according to my vet: higher price = better quality.)
SO, could you switch them to a higher quality food, in hopes that more gets digested (and therefore smells less like food?). At least there would be less for them to find and eat!!
DS, 10/07. Allergies: peanut, egg, wheat. We've added dairy back in. And taken it back out again. It causes sandpaper skin with itchy patches and thrashing during sleep. Due w/ #2 late April, 2012.
Now, I wish I could figure out how to get Chompers to stop peeing on Scooter! :
I'd try 2 things: 1. re-train them to go potty at your command, and only in one area of the yard. At which point, you can pick it up and toss it in the garbage. You can leave a garbage pail out there, by the spot, so you don't have to bring it into the house. Yes, it's a pain in the butt to retrain and then pick up after them. But, no poop = no problem. This is what I did with my dog, from the time I got him. He goes in one spot, that I indicate on command. I pick up after him, and that's that.
2. Teach them the "leave it" or "drop it" command. Once they know it, without fail, try using it on them each time you see them pick up poop.