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Dog Running In Circles - Causes and Treatments For Dog Running In Circles Behavior

Anyone who owns a dog has seen the dog going berserk trying to chase down its own tail, running in endless circles.

While this can be amusing for a small bit of time, if your dog is in a habit of doing this too often, you must know how difficult it is to make it stop.

Causes of Dog Running In Circles

Every dog chases its tail sometime, but when it becomes all too often, a dog running in circles chasing its tail is a sign of obsessive compulsive disorder in dogs. This is a behavioral illness in animals where they begin to have undesirable thoughts or repeat a behavior pattern unnaturally.

There are a lot of things that could affect your dog behavior and result in your dog running in circles.

The most common causes why your dog would develop this behavior are anxiety, boredom, and fear.

Treatments For Dog Running In Circles Behavior

If you have been wondering why is my dog running in circles, you could consult with a veterinarian.

If your dog is not doing this in its usual playfulness, there may be something more to this behavior.

Your veterinarian may be able to help you with the treatment of the behavior. Increasing your dog’s daily activities and keeping it engaged, would help. If you have recently changed the dog’s environment, restoring it or at least using some of the things from the dog’s old environment, like an old piece of furniture, a chew toy or an old blanket, can help make things better.

If your dog has been anxious or stressed lately, try to find out what’s wrong. Bringing of a new pet, arrival of a new baby, change of house or any physical ailment with your dog could be a reason for your dog’s behavior. A dog running in circles is not always normal and so proper attention should be given to the dog.

A dog running in circles and going crazy can be stopped by diverting attention towards something that it usually finds interesting. You can give it a treat or a favorite chew toy so that it stops its activity and begins to get focused on something else.

There are some purebred dogs that are more prone to developing this condition than others. German Shepherd, for instance, can be seen running around in circles more often than others because they are more susceptible to developing obsessive compulsive disorders and they are genetically predisposed. Giving your dog adequate exercise can help reduce this behavior in your dog.


  Submitted on November 4, 2011