The dogs may chase their tails due to several reasons and the most common are listed below.
To Grab the Owner’s Attention
If your dog has chased his tail at some time and it found you enjoying this act, then it may do it again and again to catch your attention. Your dog wants you to enjoy and praise its acts and it wants you to play with him; therefore, it chases its tail.
If you find your younger puppy chasing his tail, it’s normal. Usually, they don’t know that their tail is a part of their body; therefore, they try to chase and catch it. With the passage of time, they get rid of this habit by themselves. Looks sweet, right? Still, don’t encourage this behavior.
Boredom and anxiety
Dogs are like an small powerhouses and they usually get bored when they don’t engage in tiring activities like exercises or walks, etc. This boredom sometimes leads to tail-chasing while in extreme conditions, the dog may develop separation anxiety or destructive chewing.
Worms, Fleas, Medical conditions
Sometimes, the dogs have worms, fleas, allergies, or any other health issue that lead them to chase their tails. So, if you find your dog’s condition severe while chasing his tail and doing it more often, you MUST visit the vet at your earliest.
Some dog breeds are prone to tail-chasing for unknown reasons. Bull Terriers and German Shepherds are among these breeds. Early-age training may prevent this issue in dogs in adulthood.
Past life of dogs may be a major reason for their tail-chasing behavior such as physical abuse, injury, confinement, or separation anxiety, especially if you have adopted this dog from a shelter. So, in either case, it should be discussed with the vet and treated timely.
Is it harmful to Your Dog?
Yes, it may be harmful to your dog if it somehow manages to catch its tail. It can chew and bite his tail that may cause injury and hair loss on his tail.
How to treat tail-chasing in your dog?
If you feel that your dog’s condition is not much severe and it’s just trying to catch your attention, try to divert its attention to other activities or its toys. Give your dog plenty of exercises daily, at least 30 minutes is good or whatever is your dog’s requirement. Moreover, take your dog for a walk daily and play fun games with it.
If your dog is doing it frequently, make sure you don’t punish it for this behavior, instead, distract it with a toy or treats. Try to teach it some commands when it isn’t stressed, so whenever you find it chasing his tail, you can use these commands to distract it easily.
Do not praise and pet it if you find it chasing its tail. Your appreciation will let it think that it’s something silly that pleases you and it will do it again and again.
Visit the vet at your earliest. Your dog may be chasing its tail due to medical or behavioral conditions so you shouldn’t take any risk on its health and visit the veterinarian as soon as possible.
Remember, tail-chasing isn’t funny at all. If he is chasing his tail to get your attention, you need to retrain him, and if, he is doing it because of an illness, it needs to be treated by a vet.