Why do dogs chase their tails?

Why do dogs chase their tails? Do they enjoy it? Do they know the tail is theirs?

Some common theories about why dogs chase their tails are:

  • They're bored and chasing their tail is fun.
  • People laugh when they chase their tails and they are looking for attention.
  • The tail itches. (If your dog is scratching all over, including itching the tail, you may want to make sure they don't have fleas or a skin condition.)
  • As a stress reducer. If your dog just started chasing his tail, you might want to consider what else has recently changed in his life.
  • Lack of exercise.
  • It's fun! (Ever watched a kid spin in circles?)

While chasing their tail is a normal dog activity, if it is excessive or causes problems (like they are actually gnawing on their tail), you may want to try to stop it. Do this by rewarding your dog when he or she is quiet, taking them for more walks and providing them with more toys or other entertainment. If it's not excessive, enjoy it!

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