Cocker Spaniel Pooping: How
Much is Too Much? 

Is My Puppy Over-Pooping? 

Cocker Spaniel Pooping Question
By: Anonymous

My cocker spaniel is pooping too much, at least 8 or 9 times every day. Is this normal? He's eight months old and I feed him on dry food.

Is My Cocker Spaniel Pooping Too Much?

By: Pauline (Website Owner)

Hi, If your cocker spaniel is pooping too much you may be over-feeding him. 

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However, you don't say how much you feed him, or how often so I've not got a lot to work on here. However, I'm often asked this question so I thought I'd try to give a generalized answer here.

Puppies poop - it's what they do!

If your pup's poop is soft, you may be overfeeding him, especially if he's pooping 8 times each day - it is slightly over the 'norm'. Soft stools are very often an indication that a dog is being fed too much.

Where a puppy has regular diarrhoea, it's best to take him to see his vet as he's the best person to diagnose and treat any puppy.

Feeding Regime

There are several questions that need answering here:

  • Is your puppy being fed the correct amount of food for his age?
  • Is he free feeding?
  • Is your pup fed to a regular timetable?
  • Is it possible someone else is feeding him treats or table scraps? 

Recommended Puppy Feeding

Ideally, your puppy should be fed either once or twice each day. It would probably be a good idea to check the manufacturer's packaging just to be sure that you're feeding him the right amount of kibble for his age. If you're uncertain, ask your vet who will be able to advise you.

Personally, I would split your puppy's food allowance into two; feed him one half in the morning and the other half in the evening. If you prefer to feed him just once each day, that's fine also. It's personal preference.

If you're still training your puppy, it's okay to him a training treat or two as a reward, unless he's overweight, in which case, you will need to take care. If your puppy is overweight, why not use a small handful of kibble from his daily food allowance as a reward for getting his training right? This way he won't be eating extra calories! 

I suspect your puppy is being overfed, (I may be wrong) and I believe that once you've got the amount you feed him under control, and a regular feeding time(s) established, together with daily exercise, it won't be long before your puppy's toilet times and frequencies settle down.

Hope this answers your question, but if not, please feel free to come back, but with a little more detail this time. ;)

Our Visitors' Comments

Cocker Spaniel Pooping Too Much! 
By: Den 

Sounds to me like he's being a bit spoiled and is getting fed more than he should be. Not that I blame you - I'd do the same if I had an adorable little cocker spaniel puppy! :-)

If you feed him only what he's supposed to have for his age, plus as Pauline has pointed out, a few training treats each day as a reward for getting his training right, he should be okay.

Cocker Spaniel Pooping Too Much! 
By: Tanya

Hi all!

I was so guilty of over-feeding my puppy when I first got her. I just loved her so much and couldn't say no. She got lots of treats and tit-bits from me ever day. And, yes she pooped a lot, but worst of all she got fat! 

I felt terrible. It was all my fault. She's lots better now and I am very strict with her food and limit her treats to one or two small biscuits each day and the occasional (probably weekly) dental stick. I now understand that I was doing damage to her body and her organs by feeding her too much.

Now, I just give her lots of love!