I know this is gross...but it actually isn`t unhealthy for a dog to eat poo. Assuming it`s not rolled in clay litter of course.
Dogs do eat poop. Goose poop, rabbit poop, cow poop, horse poop, other dog`s poop. They`ll eat it. There`s nothing wrong with them eating plain old poop (but if your dog does eat poo from wild animals they should probably be dewormed every 3 months or so, just for safety`s sake), it`s gross to us, but not actually unhealthy.
It DOES make their breath stink, and grosses us out, but realistically those are the only reasons to prevent it.
Lol, sorry Sharon!
That being said, a dog-free zone isn`t a bad idea. Especially since your kittens may have a tougher time than most accessing a box, and that sort of accommodation could mean you can`t prevent the dog from getting into the box without fully restricting them from the area.
Since they are kittens I`d still suggest switching the litter from clay clumping litter since kittens sometimes nibble their litter, and the clay kind is NOT meant to be ingested. I use Swheat Scoop, but the newspaper pellets would likely be fine too.
I'm not worried at all about her eating the poop, she eats goat and horse poop all the time at the barn, and cleans up after the rabbit has her floor time. She gets into the cat's poop too sometimes but she prefers the rabbit poop.
I'm definitely going to check out the corn cob litter, as it will work better for the kittens and my current cat, and I don't have to worry about the dog getting hurt by it.
I do have a baby gate with a cat door set up in front of the spare bedroom, where the cat tree and toys are, but the kittens have a hard time getting through the opening with their CH, and if the opening is any bigger, then the dog can crawl through it... so I'm kind of at an impasse with that one (no pun intended)
I do make sure that there is a litter box in every room, since I have a large house I don't want the kittens to have to go far to have access to a box.