Why dogs chase their tails

Why dogs chase their tails

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By raising dogs comes great responsibility. Having them around brings all sorts of emotions, laughter and humor is no exception. One of very famous and funny behaviors that some puppies do is chasing their tails. At this stage they are still exploring their capabilities learning what they can do. Some dogs grow out of the habit while others continue to pursue the chase. It is important as we always say, to understand the reason behind our dog’s behavior.

Reasons why dogs chase their tails

1.      Attention

Attention seeking is the number one reason behind most behaviors. Dogs are social animals so you have to take care about the way you react to your dog’s actions. Read also on dogs being pro-social and their ability to share.


2.      Boredom and energy

Dogs often do stuff out of boredom. Due to our busyness, we sometimes have the tendency to forget that our dogs need to release the energy they have, and neglect their exercise, which often leads to some undesired behaviors. If you work for very long hours and have to leave your dog alone all day, check our guide for the working dog parent.


3.      Medical issues

Yes your dog might chase his/her tail as a result of some irritations in the skin, worms, or even an injury to the tail. If you suspect your dog has medical issues, call your vet immediately.


4.      Anxiety and disorders

Tail chasing can be a result of some anxiety that the dog is experiencing or a compulsive disorder. Anxiety may be a result of trauma, physical abuse, confinement or even seperation anxiety. In that case please seek the advice of a specialized dog behaviorist or vet.


How to deal with the tail chasing?

 Yes, we know that you will be laughing and finding this cute but again you need to understand first why your dog is doing this action in order to treat it. If you find your dog compulsively chasing their tail, followed by biting or chewing on it when they catch it, then you need to dig deeper for the reason behind this behavior. The following are some of the things you can do to help:

  • Increase the amount of exercise you are offering your dog. Walk your dog everyday for at least 30 minutes.
  • Check your dog’s health and make sure that there are no worms, injuries or irritations on the skin.
  • Ignore the action so that your dog doesn’t get the desired attention.
Written by: Farah Khaled
Sources: Cesar’s Way , Vet West , Wonderopolis

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