How to Stop a Dog From Eating Toilet Paper

by Judith Willson
Bathroom tissue can be irresistable.

Bathroom tissue can be irresistable.

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Toilet paper might be high in fiber, but it is hardly a nutritious food for a dog. It can cause sometimes serious digestive problems, and the sight of shredded, half-eaten rolls littering your bathroom floor every day could lose its novelty very quickly indeed. The problem might stem from boredom, stress or just a peculiar fondness for toilet paper, but you should put a stop to it immediately.

Step 1

Close the bathroom and toilet doors. The simplest solution is usually the best. If your dog can’t access the paper, he can’t eat it. Of course, this isn’t always possible, as some doors just don’t close and you might want to keep a bathroom door open to reduce humidity in the room. In this case, move on to the next step.

Step 2

Tuck the end of the paper into the center of the roll. This won’t stop a dog tearing it up but it makes the destruction a bit less easy. If he’s not a determined toilet-paper-eater, removing the temptation of that trailing end might be all that is required.

Step 3

Take the toilet paper off the roll and put it way out of your dog’s reach, perhaps the top of the medicine cabinet. If you don’t have anywhere to put it, add another toilet-roll holder to the wall about 5 feet from the ground, or higher if you have a big dog.

Step 4

Store spare rolls out of his reach or in a dog-proof closet.

Step 5

Take any paper that he gets hold of away from him quietly. The Dog Channel recommends not making a huge fuss, which could just encourage the behavior for attention-seeking purposes. It might also, in some cases, just encourage a dog to be more secretive about his habit. Some pet owners report that their animals will wait until a room is empty before doing something they are not supposed to do, especially food-related naughtiness such as eating the family roast or, in this case, eating the family’s toilet paper.

Step 6

Wait for several months before allowing him access to toilet paper again.

Step 7

Prepare the end of the roll by spraying it with a bitter training spray for dogs. If he does chew it, he’ll taste something utterly horrible. Tell your family what you have done -- this length of paper should be thrown out afterward, not used.

Step 8

Observe him closely over the next few days. If he doesn’t chew the paper or stops immediately when he tastes the training spray, you can relax your paper protection regimen. If he seems determined to ingest paper, it is probably best to keep him away from it altogether.

Items You Will Need

  • Toilet roll holder
  • Bitter training spray for dogs

Tip

  • Dogs that eat toilet paper may also eat similar material, such as tissues, diapers or sanitary napkins. Keep all these things out of his reach.

Warning

  • Toilet paper can cause an intestinal blockage requiring surgery. If your dog becomes unwell and/or loses his appetite, make an appointment with your vet immediately and mention your dog has a habit of eating paper.

Photo Credits

  • Chris Amaral/Photodisc/Getty Images

About the Author

Judith Willson has been writing since 2009, specializing in environmental and scientific topics. She has written content for school websites and worked for a Glasgow newspaper. Willson has a Master of Arts in English from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

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