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Dog Flatulence - Dog Farting

Yeah okay, I know! This topic is not to everyone's gusto (what an apt diction!). BUT:

  • This is a MUST-READ Periodical, a Periodical in disguise, because it will clearly show why we always suggest certain remedies and things you do: It all feeds into each other. Thus having a dog (and more so with a GSD) demands our holistic approach.
  • When you get to the bottom, you'll probably agree "that wasn't too bad after all" - certainly better than the smell. :-)

WalterAnd, believe it or not, when we give ourselves a small nudge, we may even find this topic hugely funny - certainly our kids do: Walter the Farting Dog has become such a worldwide success that they made a book series from it and are now producing a movie!

The gastroenterologist Dr. Wes Jones says about this subject matter: "It's time to get GI problems out into the open" (GI = GastroIntestinal). And although he refers to us (humans), getting the topic of flatulence of our canine friends out into the open certainly means a breath of fresh air too!

There was the hint! This Periodical may not just help your German Shepherd. Indeed, there's a good chance that it may serve your human family pack members very well too. So better keep this.

In this Periodical:

  • Are Dog Farts Normal?
  • Is Farting Healthy? How Much?
  • Can We Train Our Dog Not to Fart in our Presence?
  • Can the Dog Train Us Not to Fart? *
  • Causes of Flatulence
  • Foods That Cause Gas
  • How to Prevent Farting
  • How to Stop Farting (when Prevention comes too late)

* Was in my case not successful, no. ;-)

Are Dog Farts Normal?

Canine Gastrointestinal Tract Animation from the Nutramaxlabs website - yes, those guys that developed the incredibly effective dog mobility remedy Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM that works wonders in cases like Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Arthritis, Lumbosacral Stenosis, and Panosteitis

Are dog farts normal?

Yes and no.

The Yes:

Dogs have a complex GI tract just like we have. And dogs eat all sorts of Not-So-Good-Foods and Bad-Foods just like we do. Accordingly, dogs in general also face the issue of excess gas.

Some dogs suffer more from flatulence (eg boxers), others less (eg German Shepherds) IF they get proper food and sufficient exercise! More on the causes of flatulence in a minute.

The No: From my own experience with dogs I know, when dogs pass a flatus:

  • They notice it
  • It surprises them! (initially)
  • Some dogs feel either embarassed or they don't like the smell!
  • Dogs cannot cure themselves from flatulence!

It surprises them?

Yes, unless your dog has been suffering from flatulence for a longer period, you will have noticed this too from your dog's reaction, right? I certainly have observed countless times with many dogs that, upon a fart, they look at their anus like they are wondering: "Huups, what was that?". - Until they get used to farting. Just like we do.

This shows: Farting is not 'normal' to dogs (in their own mind)!

Some dogs feel either embarassed or they don't like the smell?

Walter toy
Yes. Often we find that a dog walks away from its own fart! It could be that a dog that passed a particularly nasty smelling fart, can't stand the smell itself.

Or, it could be that the dog has learned from our reactions that we don't like when the dog farts. - More on fart training in a minute.

Dogs cannot cure themselves from flatulence?

This seems obvious since dogs are surprised by flatulence (see above). It's not that for example dogs know "If I eat that stuff, I'll be farting all day, so I better not eat that stuff". Dogs just eat whatever they can get their mouth on or what we provide.

Really? I am not so sure about that! We've had many dogs over the years that did not eat "everything they can get their mouth on". Dogs that (apparently consciously) avoided certain foods - they just wouldn't eat them!

Now, of course you could argue that the dogs didn't like the foods. But I could counter-argue: How do you know?

Maybe some dogs don't eat certain foods because they remember(!) that they made them feel unwell? As I have shown many times, dogs do remember much more than the established bestselling dog book authors accept - who still wrongly insist that dogs have only a very short-term memory.

It seems we need more research into this puzzling question: Why does a particular dog avoid particular foods?!

But certainly, without our help, dogs cannot decide over things like:

  • changing their diet systematically to avoid flatulence
  • getting a flatulence remedy from the pharmacy (and which one)
  • and when it's time to consult the vet

Is Farting Healthy? How Much?

dog fartsFrom the above (and the causes of farting below) it is clear that there is no point in aiming to stop farting altogether. Passing a little bit of gas every few hours rather is a sign of health:

It shows that the Gastrointestinal tract is able to pass excess gas through the gut - which avoids Bloat, a dangerous health condition (particularly for GSDs) because in dogs Bloat can lead to Gastric Torsion without warning sign! Make sure that you re-read the linked chapter in the MYGERMANSHEPHERD Health Manual.

However, the level of healthy farting is much lower for dogs than for us (see below why).

Also note that any gas inside the gut has only 3 ways to get out:

  • absorbed through the intestinal wall into the body
  • northern route (belching)
  • southern route (farting)

The last two are excess gas.

On the other hand/buttock: Why is there excess gas at all?


  • the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract is intact
  • and the GI tract gets the right input (foods)
  • and the GI tract releases the right output (one complete piece of soft feces) within 8 hours (canines) to 12 hours (humans) after each meal


  • there should be no excess gas production in the gut
  • and the gas produced during the fermentation of the food is released together with the feces
  • minimising both belching and farting to maybe one or two per meal (canines) or three to four per meal (humans)

For reasons that will become more evident when we look at the causes of farting below, I would therefore argue that when a dog farts more than twice in one hour, then this is a point of concern.

Basically the same holds true for us humans. This is my understanding from the incredibly helpful book from Dr. Wes Jones who showed why excess gas and straining and diarrhea (and all in between) actually are signs of constipation - and how the right fiber diet can cure all these GI problems (for humans), plus countless seemingly unrelated diseases!

I say basically, because I would argue for one specific differentiation: The gut in healthy canines should produce much less excess gas than the gut of healthy humans. Some brief reasons:

  • The gut of canines and humans is very different: Eg in dogs the upper gut is the large intestine, which absorbs ca. 80% of the nutrients and water in the food through digestion; in humans the lower gut (colon) is the large intestine, which absorbs most nutrients and water through fermentation. It is the process of fermentation that produces gas.
  • Like for like in body size, the entire human gut is about 2.5 times longer than the entire canine gut. Food passage in healthy canines is much quicker (ca 8 hours) than food passage in healthy humans (ca 12 hours). The slower the food passage, the more gas is produced.
  • The food intake of dogs and people is very different too: We consume primarily carbohydrates (grains, potatoes, sodas, sweets, etc), while dogs that are fed naturally consume primarily meat (no carbohydrates) and low-carb vegetables (see eg Dog Meals, Meal Times, and Feeding Routine and German Shepherd Dog Relatives) - although particularly in the USA most dogs are fed kibble that's full of grain fillers (cheaper than meat) and chemical additives (to increase shelf life), see Life Extender #1.

Therefore, note that with the above general advice I don't mean when a dog farts more than twice every hour then this is a point of concern. I mean when a dog farts more than twice in any given hour.

Possibly, more than twice or thrice per meal is more accurate advice (between meals are usually at least three to six hours, depending on how often you feed your dog/yourself).

Can We Train Our Dog Not to Fart in our Presence?

I came across an interesting video of a guy who used a fart machine (don't ask me what that is, I have no idea) to find out: "Do dogs know about farting?" (that's how he titled his video).

However, what he really showed without realizing it: Dogs associate the fart sound with their anus(!) - at least a German Shepherd can.

In case you wonder why this GSD looks at her anus slightly before the sound from that 'fart machine': She doesn't - video post production often moves the soundtrack slightly before the videotrack.

In plain English: The dog hears a fart sound and immediately thinks that something just escaped its own anus!

The fact that the dog makes this mental connection allows us to train our dog not to fart in our and our guests' presence! - IF we want to train our dog that? :-|

So the answer is: Yes, we can train our dog not to fart in our presence.

But how?

First of all, we should keep in mind that a few dog farts a day are okay (see above) - and a few more farts for us, see the tastefully written article Flatulence expert defines 'normal' output rate.

Frankly, when we had a flatulence issue with a boxer long ago (typical for them, really), there was no targeted attempt made to train the dog not to fart in our presence. But the dog learned it nonetheless - which taught me how this can be trained willfully, if you so wish? Don't you worry, I won't extend too much on this delicate topic.

Fart training

  1. Everytime your dog passes gas in your presence, you can call your dog's name (here Bimo) and say something like: "NOOO Bimo!" and point your finger on the elongated arm to the door.
  2. Our dog understood this means 'Go out of this room'. If your's initially won't understand this cue, then get up, walk to the door, and repeat: "NOOO Bimo!" and point your finger on the elongated arm through the door - and wait for your dog to come to you and go through that door. Then gently close the door behind the dog.
  3. If your dog complies with your cue and leaves the room, without you getting up and pointing through the door, then no need to close the door (although this bit of exercise would be good for you). :-D
  4. Note that there must not be any pulling, pushing, shouting, or whatever! My "NOOO" is not meant as shouting, it is meant to indicate accentuation. All is done very calm - as with all training according to our approach: Behavior Training, not Obedience Training.
  5. Repeat from step 1 whenever your dog passes gas in your presence.
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The ultimate training outcome is that your dog leaves the room before (s)he is going to pass a flatus. Depending on how relaxed and how consistent you are with your training, this may take just three times or it may take three weeks. ;-)

Causes of Flatulence

Arguably in the order of frequency of occurrence:

  • Stress! Drastically increases the chance of developing chronic flatulence. - One of the many reasons why I always stress that you must avoid stress for your GSD if you want a long, healthy and happy life for your dog and for yourself.
  • Antibiotics! Based on all empirical evidence (and, sadly, my personal experience too), repeated intake of oral antibiotics guarantees damage of the intestinal microflora, resulting in chronic flatulence (among many other ailments!). - One of the many reasons why I always urge you to avoid antibiotics, unless your GSD or you are facing a life-threatening condition!???
  • Eating highly fermentable foods is the 'devil' for flatulence sufferers, both canine and human! Highly fermentable foods cause acute flatulence. To understand this crucial point, see the explanation below this bullet-point list.
  • Ingestion of large amounts of food at once can cause acute flatulence. - One of the many reasons why I always urge you to serve several smaller meals rather than one or two large meals. This also gives you more chances to demonstrate your Pack leadership. ;-)
  • Gulping down the food (out of fear the food intake may be disturbed, or out of experience of inconsistent meal times) can cause acute flatulence. - One of the many reasons why I always urge you 1) to apply our Feeding Routine (incl. Gesture-Eating), 2) to serve the meals in an Eat-Slow Bowl, 3) to ensure your dog is in peace during meals, and 4) to stick to consistent meal times.
  • Eating poor-quality foods can cause acute flatulence. Particularly kibble and processed wet food are well-known to contain an abundance of additives and preservatives that can cause excess gas. - One of the many reasons why I always urge you to choose for your dog (and for yourself!) a natural, balanced, homemade diet whenever you can.
  • Also, Corticosteroids and many other medicaments, oral vaccines and deworming remedies can lead to chronic flatulence.
  • Unsuitable feeding times (particularly before sleeping/dozing) can cause acute flatulence.
  • Specifically for dogs as large and energetic as the German Shepherd, mineral deficits and mineral imbalances can cause acute flatulence.
  • Parasites (particularly certain worms and viruses) can cause acute or chronic flatulence.
  • Idiopathic Villous Atrophy, a hereditary disease that particularly affects German Shepherds: The intestinal wall of affected dogs is underdeveloped, which prevents intestinal absorption of gas, thus that all gas produced in the gut has to leave the gut as excess gas - either through belching or farting.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease, especially in the form that results from an overgrowth of intestinal bacteria (Lymphocytic-Plasmacytic Enterocolitis) particularly affects German Shepherds and can lead to flatulence (as well as to anemia, diarrhea, food malabsorption, weight loss, etc).
  • Food allergies can cause chronic flatulence.
  • Diabetes Mellitus (Sugar Diabetes), a presumably hereditary disease that particularly affects German Shepherds: Inadequate production of insulin in the pancreas can cause flatulence (as well as a whole array of more commonly known ailments).
  • Congenital Megaesophagus is a hereditary disease that particularly affects German Shepherds and other midsize and large dog breeds. It is a development disorder during puppyhood where the esophagus becomes obstructed, leading to difficulties eating solid foods. The repeated regurgitation and inhalation of food can lead to flatulence (among many other health consequences).
  • Certain anesthetics can cause acute flatulence, and frequent administration of anesthetics can cause chronic flatulence.

Eating highly fermentable foods - explained

This must crucially be avoided wherever possible when our German Shepherd (or we!) suffer from flatulence. Think about it this way: Any food we (and our dog) eat:

  1. either is already fermented
  2. or ferments in the gut
  3. or ferments in the sewage system
  4. or cannot be fermented

There is no other possibility!

Before we delve deeper into the above, note that fermentable is not the same as soluble (as wrongly suggested in most text sources). Fermentable means bacteria ferment those foods (think of putrefaction). Soluble means those foods dissolve in water. - Most foods are fermentable although they are not soluble (while soluble foods are always also fermentable).

1Foods that are already fermented are the best foods in terms of fart avoidance (and much more!): Additional fermentation by the gut bacteria is minimal, thus gas production is minimal! This is crucial for us because we primarily ferment foods, and a bit less important for dogs because they primarily digest foods (see above).

Were our topic here not limited to flatulence, I could go on for months and thousands of pages raving about and explaining the magnitude of health benefits of integrating fermented foods into our diet.

If you are from a 'traditional' background (like say Amish, Mennonite, Quaker, ...?) you definitely know how to use mason jars and add their contents to your daily diet, but most 'modern' societies (ironically particularly in the most 'developed' nations) now neither know how to make fermented foods nor why to eat them. :-(

If this is your case, the most comprehensive guidance you can find in Sandor Ellix Katz' bestseller The Art of Fermentation.

Only after this personal experience it would be wise to consider adding fermented foods to your dog's diet too (as said, for canines this normally is less important). How could you make your GSD healthy and happy if you aren't healthy and happy yourself?!


2Foods that ferment in the gut produce hydrogen and other gases during fermentation in the gut. The longer our dog or we carry our digestive waste around(!), the more gas is being produced (resulting in all that excess gas that we release as flatus or fart) - and the more time we give that digestive waste to intoxicate our body!!!

This is what aggravates or causes so many illnesses! A few only in our dogs or only in us, but most both in our dogs and in us: From Arthritis to Alzheimer, from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to Fibromyalgia, from Diabetes to Heart Disease, from Kidney Failure to Cancer.

Long-term intestinal intoxication, exacerbated by environmental intoxication, may very well trigger many diseases that are currently considered to be "not understood": Diseases that we don't now develop because we now live so much longer. Diseases that we now develop because we intoxicate our body so much longer - and on a daily basis!

Most of today's people believe that one bathroom stop a day or every other day is fine, although three daily bathroom stops would be normal for our digestive system.


The overall BEST TIP of all I can give you and your family during all the years you are or will be subscribed to the MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL is this: Donate many years of life to yourself and your family by trying everything you can to establish at least two daily toilet stops. You may thank me later towards the end of your life (or rather you will not), but I am convinced that this is the absolutely BEST advice you will ever get in your life.


If you don't believe me because I am not a doctor, try if Dr. Wes Jones with his fiber therapy book can convince you.

Note that the extent of fermentability is key: While most foods are subject to a certain degree of fermentation in the gut, some foods are nothing short of a kingly feast for gut bacteria (see the list below). While both the human and the canine gut are naturally occupied by billions of 'good' bacteria, many of the causes of flatulence listed above (plus countless additional causes) lead to an overpopulation with 'bad' bacteria.

Note that the overpopulation with 'bad' bacteria is of course causing MUCH MUCH MUCH more than flatulence (our topic here): The overpopulation with 'bad' bacteria in the gut results in a build-up of toxins (see above), which over time cross the intestinal wall and reach the bloodstream, where the toxins are then transported and disseminated throughout the entire body, incl. the brain cells.

This life-long intoxication causes most if not all modern chronic diseases: Allergies, Alzheimer and similar dementias, arthritis, asthma, autism, cancer and similar autoimmune disorders, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, etc!

We are only half-through this Periodical yet, but if you've got an extra hour to spare - for your own life and quality of life(!) - invest that hour to watch the following video before it's taken down. Dr. Seneff explains what is causing each of the chronic diseases listed above - and thus how you can prevent them! Sure, the video is a bit more demanding than some dog training video, but stay tuned - for your benefit and that of your family that is (or going to be) affected by a chronic disease:

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    I LOVE how you often aim to help both of us my dog Elfie and myself! this is not the first periodical where I notice that you have my dog's AND MY own well-being at heart. I am SO grateful that you exist!!!


    My puppy Storm (well he's actually 10yrs old but will always be my puppy!!).....has only just started to fluff & you are so right - when it happens he is so surprised that it makes me laugh!! I put Storms fluffing down to his age and he has hip dysplasia so I believe that he is straining to get up hence the fluff. Also he is taking anti-inflammatory/pain medication along with herbal remedies. Being 10yrs old he needs the medication but to prolong his life he has acupuncture along with the remedies - this is to get his blood moving and allow his movement to be better. All of these things make him fluff not a lot but sometimes.....much to his embarrassment & confusion but my amusement!!!!


    Rico experienced farting in his first few months as a puppy but once I switched him from puppy kibbles to an adult kibble the problem ceased. However, he has learned to express himself by talking. It is dog talk but we know when he is happy or unhappy. He is far more expressive when he is disgruntled.


    Flatulence is rare with Hanz but I can tell you my husband can't lay the blame because there is a definately difference! LOL


    Jordan is one year old now, and I have never heard, or smelled her fluff at all.( My mother once told me boys "fart", girls "fluff"). I think that her lack of gas may be because she gets lots of exercise (both walking and playing) and she does have at least two bowel movements a day, usually three.So, there is another good reason to get your dog out and up and moving!!


      >she does have at least two bowel movements a day, usually three.

      Other things being equal, your dog will live long then! Because, as I hopefully made very clear in this Periodical, the quicker (both) dogs and people relieve of their bodily waste, the healthier they will be!

      Jordan seems to have zero gastrointestinal intoxication then. Thanks to her owner! :-) Exercise you stated, now I am wondering what food she gets, and how often? Others who read this in the coming years may learn sth from your lifestyle...


        Jordan gets a high quality, no grain, kibble (Wild Calling). This gets mixed with chicken, or fish, or chopped beef and veggies. She gets 1 1/2 cups twice a day, and always around the same time. She gets at least one 3 mile walk in the morning, and most times a 3 mile walk in the evening as well. She gets play time, usually ball or tug, where she can run, right after the walk and then again in the afternoon,and evening. Sometimes more play if I can manage it. She also gets training to keep her mind busy as well. This is one high energy dog (she puts the energizer bunny to shame!). While in the house, she will beg to play some more. Sometimes we accomodate her, sometimes not.
        She keeps me busy all right, but I love her to death, and I am sure I am healthier because of her!


        Yeah, I am sure too! Thanks Maureen ;-)


    I know that our human stool is an indicator of overall health, so I can see that monitoring our dog's GI health can be beneficial for them as well. Thank you for the information!

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