4. Behavioral Problems:
So, what if your dog is super healthy, and the three issues listed above don’t apply to your dachshund? Well, behavior issues would be the next possibility. Dachshunds do tend to be bold and spiteful at times, so, it really isn’t that far fetched.
If your dog has a lack of mental or physical stimulation, eating dirt may be his way of showing you he needs help.
Mental disorders, like separation anxiety, can stem from excessive boredom and stress. This can cause your dog to find something, anything to keep them entertained, like being destructive.
What is Pica?
Pica is a disorder that dogs have when they eat non-food items, like dirt. Other things that pups will eat when they have pica include rocks, garbage, tissues, dryer sheets, plastic, metal pieces, and even poop. Hmm… are dachshunds born with Pica?? I gotta say, my doxies get into a lot of these non-food items, especially the dryer sheets!
Pica actions can signify mineral deficiency, health problems, or the need for more mental stimulation. So, all of the problems listed above that cause your dachshund to eat dirt and other non-food items, come full circle to Pica.
How Do You Test For Pica in Dogs?
Consult your dachshund’s veterinarian to check for Pica. They will not only check for mineral deficiencies in their blood, they will check for pancreatic function and other potential GI issues to rule out more possible causes for a pica disorder.