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Old 04-09-2012, 11:43 AM
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What does chasing the tail mean?

Any of your dogs chase its tail? Koda has done this since we brought her home. She doesn't do it that often but when she does its hard to get her to stop. It happens the most when she is playing and I mean good playing. Mostly in the basement where she is running around so I dont know if it is overstimulation? Today we were playing and doing good and she stopped, looked at me, and just went crazy wth her tail. She holds on to it and just turns and turns and turns. I go to break it up and she starts jumping at me and mouthing my hands and arms. I turn my back to stop that behaviour and she starts at her tail again....does this sound like something we should continue to discourage?

I have heard it can mean they have OCD but I dont know if it is just her overstimulation or if there is a deeper meaning..?

She does this before a walk sometimes too...when we go to put her collar on she will sometimes start chasing it..so maybe excitement?

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Old 04-09-2012, 11:50 AM
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I've heard it is a self calming technique of the dog like licking their lips or yawning. He is trying to self calm it is a good thing. Well at least that is what I think.

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Sasha chases his tail at times and has anal gland issues. I have read that this can be an issue. Just for your info.
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Gunner chases his tail when he is happy. I come home from work and take him outside and he usually will grab his tail and just spin. I guess there are all kinds of reasons for this one....
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:02 PM
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Cathy - that is what I feel hers is more like. It is just hard to get her to stop. She usually gets dizzy and falls over and then looks at us like "what just happened"...I just wanted to see if I should try to stop it or let it happen.
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Amber chases her tail when we come to let her out of her kennel (20X10) after work. I just tell her to "QUIT." Sometimes she does it a couple of times when playing and then bites it and that's the end. I try to stop it when I can.
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:09 PM
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I have a happy tail chaser also. But he doesn't do it as much now that he is getting older.
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when Sammy was between 10 weeks and about 10 months she did this all the time. she just kinda grew out of it one day and hasn't really chased her tail since. where as my newer pup doesn't chase his tail at all. I've read that some dogs will chase their tails when they have anal gland issues and other just do it out of boredom.
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Sounds like a bit of anxiety mixed with wanting to play. If Lola did it all the time.... I do not know... I might worry some!
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:01 PM
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It's not all the time. It is occasionally when we are playing downstairs, sorry if I said all the time.

What would be the anxiety of it, though? What should I do?
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