Why does your dog chase and bite its own tail?


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Dogs have their own playful antics. One classic antic is the dog chasing and biting its own tail. Although a dog chasing its own tail could be amusing to humans, it may not be the same to the concerned dog.

Not playing

Lonely dogs get bored. Many get weary of lying down and staring at the ceiling for longer periods of time. This may hold true even if the dog is taken outside. They quickly get tired of the minimal stimulation they get in their lives. The result is these dogs do anything to amuse themselves. Chasing their tails not only amuse them, but the dogs also get to release all their pent-up energy. If you see your dog chasing its tail, take it for a walk or toss a ball towards it. The intention is to make their lives interesting. If you own a lazy dog, give it a food puzzle to solve.

Attention seeking

A majority of onlookers get amused when a dog chases its own tail. The dog understands and continues to do so to make its human owner happy. When it gets positive feedback, the behavior gets repeated. The dog expects its human spectators to play with it. The problem is that dogs crave both positive and negative attention. It is happy even if you scold him. In such a case, as an owner, you should ignore your dog and praise it when it stops chasing its own tail.

Related to age

Young pups chew tails as they get to know their own bodies. These cuties cannot comprehend their tail to be a part of their anatomy. If your puppy does this, it is no reason to be concerned. This phase will soon pass. On the other hand, senior dogs many chew tails due to reduced awareness. With diminishing mental acuity, the dogs could engage in repetitive behaviors like biting its own tail. The act of biting, in such cases, represents cognitive disorder which may need behavior modification medications.

Medical reasons

If you see your dog suddenly chasing its tail, then you should schedule a visit to the veterinarian. Similar to humans who rub a painful area, the dogs' action is to chew it. The presence of tapeworms and other intestinal parasites may also lead canines to chase their own tails. An itchy rear end also leads to the same effect. Other causes include tail area discomfort due to the impacted anal glands. Neurological problems affecting caudal spine may result in dogs to bite their own tails. Consult a veterinarian to diagnose medical problems. Only a professional should be consulted for injuries and to treat fleas and intestinal parasites.

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