Why Dogs Chase Their Tails

A lot of people have witnessed the desperate attempts of their dogs to catch their
tails. We usually think that this is a way for our pet to play with itself, but there
might be a different reason behind this behavior.

It is usually normal for a small puppy to chase its tail - with them it is indeed a
method of playing with themselves when there is nobody else to play with.

Plus, when small, puppies are not always aware that the tail is a part of their body.

They are still exploring the world around them and learning. Tail chasing can be compared with a baby who bites or licks his or her own foot.

However, when a dog is grown up, it already knows that the tails is not something that should be bitten and they stop doing it. That is why if your dog is not a puppy and it starts doing this, you should pay close attention.

This might be a symptom of physical pain, problems with the spine and vertebrae, and may also have a psychological or neurological basis. The presence of fleas, parasites in the body, an imbalance of dopamine in the body, or anal inflammation can also leadsto chasing and biting of the tail. Similar problems in older dogs are not that common, typically affecting only 2% of dogs (according to surveys).

If the problem is psychological, factors behind this behavior may be include a small living space, lack of movement or attention.

Usually, if the dog a year old or older, the best option is to seek a professional medical opinion - it is simply not worth the risk.

Lastly, while tail chasing may be a sign of something more serious than a dog at play, it doesn't always mean that a grown up dog chasing its tail is necessarily an indication that something is wrong with your dog...especially if it is something that happens infrequently and doesn't last for long periods of time.

Occassionaly, a dog will simply chase its tail for no discernable physical or psychological reason other than a desire to play.