The dog is spinning like a top, trying to catch its tail. It seems that he has such a fun game, he entertains himself with this “hunt”. However, dog owners should be aware that this strange behavior is a sign of health problems. The continuous desire to catch your tail causes serious failures, violations, and you can not ignore them.
The increased interest in the dog’s own tail, which appeared suddenly, is the reason for a careful examination of this part of the body. Perhaps there are clumps of stray hair on it, or thorns have clung to it during a walk. Skin diseases are not excluded. If a visual examination of the tail does not reveal any problems, you need to contact the veterinary clinic and find out the cause.
The dog may run after its tail because of itching in the anal area. This indicates the presence of worms. This symptom may occur if the inflamed perianalny iron. Correct diagnosis, choose effective treatment is difficult, it is better to trust a diagnosis and the prescribing veterinarian. Experts know how to clean the glands, make a sample of tests. If necessary, a course of treatment will be prescribed.
It is necessary to observe the prevention of helminths, twice a year to give the pet special tools. It is not easy to identify worms, you need to take tests for several days.
The reason for this behavior may be a not very successful operation to stop the tail. For some breeds, removing this entire body part or shortening it is a mandatory procedure. Injuries to adjacent tissues appear when an excessive amount of connective and muscle tissue is removed, or when a fragment of the bone chain formed by the spine is left. The presence of damage causes the pet to run after its tail. In this case, you should contact the veterinary clinic. Only surgery can fix this problem.
Injuries, psychological problems, precipitating a run for the tail
When receiving injuries that violate the functions of the nerve endings located on the hind legs, the dog instinctively tucks its tail. In this case, inappropriate behavior is also observed.
If there are violations in coordination during the race for the tail, you need to check the organs responsible for the position of the trunk, head. There may be a simultaneous deterioration of the pet’s condition. He has vomiting, stool disorders. This indicates a malfunction in liver function or an increase in blood sugar. To a greater extent, such pathologies are characteristic of small breed dogs.
Often owners think that if a dog starts running after its tail, it means that it is bored and wants to play. This option is also possible. It is not difficult to check whether this behavior is a sign of a disease or a desire to have fun.
To do this, try to play with your pet. He is sure to distract from the race for the tail, join in the entertainment. But if the inappropriate behavior reappears after that, the reason lies not in boredom, but in the presence of problems.
This phenomenon does not necessarily indicate health problems. The dog can thus talk about the lack of communication. Do not forget that the dog is a social animal, it needs to contact the owner. Violations of the rules of going to the toilet, playing with the owner’s favorite things, etc. can be regarded as signs of protest and demands for attention. If these methods do not help, the dog may start chasing its tail. He doesn’t know how the owner will react to this behavior, but he tries to at least draw attention to himself. If the pet understands that this method can cause the owner to contact, it will use it regularly. You need to understand whether running after the tail is a lever to properly respond to this behavior.
These symptoms may indicate increased anxiety. In such cases, the race for the tail can be accompanied by aggressiveness, sending messages in the wrong places, barking, howling, property damage. In such cases, the dog’s breathing becomes faster, the pupils dilate, the ears are pulled back, and saliva is released abundantly. The cause of increased anxiety may be various stimuli. If a dog in his life has experienced stress in a certain situation, getting into it again, he begins to run after the tail to distract from negative emotions.
Loud noises can cause stress in a dog. This may be a crash from a fallen heavy object, music, a sharp alarm signal, etc. For some Pets, stress appears when there is a knock, a doorbell, a baby crying, or dogs barking in the street. If the dog has an increased sensitivity to sounds, its behavior needs to be corrected. The dog is a member of the family, and it deserves appropriate attention.
A complex of symptoms, including chasing the tail, biting non-existent fleas, excessive licking, pulling out tufts of hair, aggression, a desire to eat inedible items, may be the first sign of neurosis, and not evidence of poor upbringing. Chaotic running after your own tail can be a consequence of insufficient activity. This phenomenon is sometimes observed in dogs that are constantly kept in an aviary.
Professional help in Troubleshooting the problem
You can deal with these manifestations of inappropriate behavior on your own. But often this does not eliminate the problem that causes the race for the tail. Physiological factors are eliminated by qualified treatment prescribed by a veterinarian after diagnosis. It is much more difficult to cope with psychological failures. There is no need to scold the dog, this will not help solve the problem, you need to look for the source and eliminate it. Correct correction of the pet’s behavior helps to eliminate the psychological factors that cause the tail race.
Initially, you need to train the dog in basic commands, while eliminating stimuli that can cause anxiety and stress. After qualitative assimilation, factors that provoke an inadequate reaction are gradually introduced. Their intensity should increase gradually. For example, if a dog reacts negatively to a call, the minimum volume is set first, and it increases sequentially.
You can’t rush things in this process. If there is an inadequate reaction, you do not need to continue training, but go back to fix it. During training, you should encourage your pet, praise him for the right actions, and give treats. You should not try to make a correction schedule yourself. This work should be entrusted to a qualified dog handler. The full course is several weeks.
The training process includes not only special exercises that allow you to correct the dog’s behavior. The recommendations of veterinarians include taking medications. Pet owners should not consider running after the tail as innocent fun. This behavior violation may indicate that there are serious problems that need to be resolved in a timely manner.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.