Tail chasing can become compulsive and can be problematic. There are tail chasers that will destroy their tails when they catch them. Often tail chasing is behavioral and an outlet for excess energy or anxiety. I think with a puppy where the habit isn't too ingrained I would try and solve it with training first before jumping into medication. You also need to watch and see what the triggers for the behavior are. Boredom? Stress? Then you work at addressing how your dog deals with the trigger and shaping a better behavior response.
Anka was a tail chaser. With her we used interupption and redirection. She would do it when she was excited and no place to put the energy. We would stop her and then engage her with a toy. This gave her a more appropriate place to put her energy. With time she stopped chasing her tail and would go pick up a toy on her own. And now that she's mature the problem hardly surfaces.
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