Some experts believe that tail chasing may even signal mental illness in dogs. As The Guardian reports, obsessive tail chasing is considered a symptom of canine compulsive disorder. If left unchecked, this behavior can become self-destructive, resulting in dogs damaging their tails.
Just so, how do you stop a dog from chasing its tail?
Tips to stop dogs chasing their tails
- Don't give the behaviour any attention (positive or negative) – ignoring it is best.
- Increase your dog's activity levels.
- Ensure you dog has interactive toys like Kong® stuffed with peanut butter.
Why is my dog chasing his tail and crying?
If your dog is chasing his tail and crying, he may be chasing as a result of pain. Check your dog's tail, rear end, and genitals for redness, bleeding, or any other signs of irritation. Make an appointment to have a vet examine him. It may also be necessary to express your dog's anal glands.
Do dogs get dizzy from chasing their tails?
If you watch a puppy chasing his tail, the movements are similar, yet the pup doesn't ever fall down. Dogs don't get dizzy from that type of movement, but they can get dizzy.
Why do dogs lick you?
Dogs also lick because they like the taste of an owner's salty skin and out of habit. Mostly, with domestic dogs, it's a sign of affection. Licking releases pleasurable endorphins which gives dogs a feeling of comfort and pleasure — like the feeling people get when they are biting their nails — it relieves stress.