Question of the Week: Why does my dog chase its tail?

Dog chasing it's tailThe peculiar and often quite hilarious site of a dog chasing its tail is puzzling to many owners. This whirling dirvish is often an indication that the dog is wanting attention and wants to play. If this is the case, diversion tactics work well like throwing a ball or tugging a rope. Hopefully, this will provide a positive substitute behavior for your hound.

Anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder can be expressed through tail chasing. These kind of conditions require help from veterinarians and in certain situations, animal behaviorists.

Whatever may be causing your dog to chase it’s own tail, the best course of action is determining why it’s happening. Call your veterinarian if you have questions about this or any other concerning behavior.