We have two lovely sisters, Lela (1 y. old) and Binti (2). They are generally very well behaved and sometimes even obey commands….
One thing bothers us, though. They love to eat faeces: from rabbits, geese, dogs (not their own), and we have a lot of it where we live.
They seem to understand that they are not allowed to do it, because they will always check on me to see what my action will be. And when on the leash, they will still do it, but - when corrected - are perfectly capable of sitting next to a tasty heap, looking innocently into the sky, with a look on their face like "how can you even THINK I'm interested in this poo?" and then seconds later attack the heap full on. I think you know what I mean.
We have tried:
- distracting with a treat: does not work, because the poo tastes much better.
- correcting them by voice: will only work temporarily, and only when I am very close to them ( a few feet).
- correcting them with a Cesar Millan-style prod to snap them out of their poo-hunting state of mind: it will keep them off the poo at hand, but they will escape to the next heap an start all over.
- feeding banana because it contains some minerals that they might need: me no like banana.
Do they do it because they are hungry? Or because the poo contains stuff that they need (they get top quality food)?
Or because of some other reason?
What can we try or do we have to wait it out until they are older?
Thanks for your input,
Marken, The Netherlands