Health & Hygiene

Why Do Dogs Chase Their Tails?

Written by Alessia

Lucas is a constant chaser of his tail. No matter what is going on or how calm he is being, sometimes he just jumps up from a laying down position and starts chasing his tail as if it spoke to him silently and issued a challenge. To be honest, I have a hard time explaining anything that Lucas does, but I decided that since most dogs chase their tails, I would google “why do dogs chase their tails?” and find out.

Apparently, according to a dog and cat psychologist, there are a number of reason why pooches chase their rear ends. One reason could be anxiety due to noise, or being overwhelmed in a situation. Another reason could be that it’s how they get their exercise in, or like Lucas, they think it’s a challenge. Some dogs may even be unaware that their tail is even a part of them and treat chasing their tail as a predatory exercise.

This is something to watch though, because if your pooch starts mutilating his tail in any way, shape, or form, make sure to see your vet. Tail chasing as a coping mechanism or just for fun is fine as long as the pup isn’t harming himself. Check out the video to learn more about this quirky habit.

Alessia xx

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I'm Alessia, owner of a rottweiler/beagle mix named Lucas (aka Lucifer - you can put two and two together on why he gets that nickname). I love all things dogs and puppies, among many other things such as babies, coffee, and nail polish. I like to write a lot and take loads of pictures, so blogging is right up my alley. Look out for posts by me on this blog, as well as my personal blog.