The Dreaded “Poopy Butt” Syndrome

Owning a long haired dog is a pleasure – there’s the softness of his fur as you hug him, the beauty as he runs with the wind blowing through his coat, and the compliments from passers by as you go walking together.

There is one part of living with a long haired dog that is less than pleasant, and that is “poopy butt”. This occurs when your dog’s poop gets caught in his hair and doesn’t fall to the ground properly when he defecates. The result is that you have a daily clean up job that you’d definitely rather do without.

How can you manage poopy butt?
The most important part of preventing poop sticking to your dog’s hair is to keep the hair around his bottom trimmed short. Poop is much less likely to get caught in short hair. You can use scissors to do this; alternatively invest in an inexpensive pair of clippers to cut away the long hair.

It may take your dog a little while to get used to the sound and feel of the clippers. Take your time, use lots of rewards and make it a positive experience (for both you and your dog. Treat yourself to a glass of wine after. The operative word being AFTER. Trimming and drinking don’t mix) You’ll need to clip his hair on a regular basis, so make sure he’s not stressed by the experience.
You can also take steps to make sure his poops are firm. Soft feces are much more likely to get caught up in the hair around his bottom.

If his feces are a bit loose, add some fiber to his diet and that may help firm them up. Alternatively, feed him a highly digestible, low residue diet, and that usually results in smaller, firmer poops. There are several commercial kibbles that will help reduce the amount of feces he will produce.

Make sure you keep up to date with his worming medication, as intestinal worms can also contribute to soft feces.

If you do have to deal with the dreaded poopy butt, don’t despair. Keep a packet of pre-moistened pads handy, and your clean up job is much easier. These pads will remove any discoloration on your dog’s hair, while its all natural herbal extracts and colloidal silver help prevent the growth of bacteria on his coat. For the best results, rub the pad well into his fur, both with and against his hair.

Life is busy, and there isn’t always the time to bathe your dog to clean up a poopy butt. Dry Dog Instant Clean is the solution to this problem. This all natural waterless shampoo cleans without water, and will remove poop that is stuck to your dog’s coat.
The other advantage of Dry Dog Instant Clean is that it doesn’t just mask odors, it eradicates them completely. It contains Ordenone, a water soluble material which actually traps odor molecules. So, you won’t have to put up with eau de poop fragrance, but instead you’ll enjoy Dry Dog Instant Clean’s fresh kiwifruit melon fragrance.

You already spend a lot of time grooming your long haired dog to prevent knots and tangles and keep his coat looking good. It doesn’t take much longer to trim the hair around his bottom, and then you won’t have to deal with any more poopy butt.

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  1. Help!! My dog hates having her but touched. It is nearly impossible to even get near it. She walks while she poops and has a big piece stuck but won’t let me clean it with out getting aggressive with me! I just want to help her. Ideas!?

    1. Your dog is getting aggressive with you? Her human master? You should take her to a trainer immediately. Your dog should never ever be aggressive with you. My big dog would literally lay down and let me saw his foot off without getting agressive with me and I’m barely 5 feet tall and maybe 100 pound soaking wet. My dog could maul me to death in 3 seconds but he’s gentle and intimidated by me because I’m his master. You want help? Train your dog to respect you.

      1. Dogs shouldn’t ever be intimidated by their human caretakers. That’s not the type of relationship anyone should have.

        Gaining trust leads to gaining respect, and it’s not something a trainer (who would most likely use negative training) can teach.

        In regards to OP’s dog situation, though it’s been handled by now, I’d suggest spending a LOT of time with your dog. Sit with her, with a baggie of her favourite treats, and a wet-wipe. Just start by touching her with the wipe, not actually cleaning her, and each time you’ve touched her tail area, tell her she’s a good girl, and offer her a treat. Continue this each day until she associates someone touching her bum with good things, and she’s slowly learn that cleaning her can be a good experience.
        You can also do the same with grooming her, to desensitize her to the clippers / scissors. I’m working on doing the same with my little dog, and although it’s taking time (she gets upset from just seeing the scissors), she’s starting to see that when she’s good (ie. sits still / lets me snip a tiny bit of fur off) she gets rewarded.

        You could also invest in a muzzle, for when a situation comes up that you’re unprepared for (such as if she gets wounded and you need to stop her from licking it until you get her to the vet, or if you have to clip her bum area without warning). I had to use a small muzzle for when I clipped my girl’s nails for the first time, because it was an emergency and needed done right then and there, and I hadn’t thought to desensitize her to the nail clippers before it.

        Most of all, I wish you the best of luck. I know the struggle of trying to help your canine friend but having them act as if you’re trying to murder them.

      2. Any dog gets scared and when they get scared they can get aggressive. Sounds like your dog is more scared of you then anything else….

    2. Put a mussel on her when you clean her a big ball of poo is not that much fun for her your pulling her hair and vets as well a dog groomers use them it acurly calms the dog

    3. Impacted anal glands can be painful and a source of aggression, has your dog had their glands cleared recently? coming from a groomer, I’ve seen this pretty often.

  2. My dog looks similar to the one in the pic. He’s a malchi. ♡ He is so cute. I love him, but recently I noticed he’s had problems pooping and that the poop gets stuck to his butt. The first time I tried to remove it with a plastic before picking up his poop, and he growled at me. He started dragging his butt everywhere, and I didn’t know why. When I took him for a walk I noticed his butt looked really dirty, and I knew he needed another bath badly, even though I had just bathed him a few days before. I made sure to wash his butt, and I used plastic bags to clean his butt since I didn’t have gloves. I also rinsed him with warm water which I think helped to loosen up the hardened poop on his butt. My dog really didn’t like it and wanted to growl at me, but I had to order him to stop because it was becoming a huge issue. I think he understood. Poor dog, but I haven’t seen him dragging his butt anymore. I can even say he even looks happier with a clean, hard poop free butt. ♡

  3. I am relieved to hear I am not alone in this occasional problem.
    I have a shower chair with a hand held nozzle and I just wash and wash her bottom with this then dry her off with a towel. Then I clip as much as I can with good scissors. Then blow dry a bit to make her good again. A drop of lavender on her head helps to calm things down. She absolutely hates it but when it’s done she just gently licks my hand so I know she appreciates

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