|08-10-2013 10:15 PM|
|John Elton||None of my dogs have this behavior. I was just at the park with mine and my wife with hers, then one dog started chasing his own tail and little after another dog close by that was looking started doing it too. Thats why I asked the reason behind it.|
|08-10-2013 06:20 PM|
I wouldn't imagine there would be much of a correlation. Dogs learn from each other, but not 'by a glance', at least not in my experience. I've seen long-term boarders pick it up from each other, but they observe the behavior for a week or more before imitating it.
Either way, they're predisposed. Anxiety, lack of exercise, lack of engagement; chasing their tail is the only thing they can do to occupy their mind. It's boring in a kennel. Some dogs destroy things (like chronic crate-escapees/destructo-dogs) and some turn inward and develop fixations. I'd do the same if I had four walls to stare at for 23 hours a day like some kennel dogs do. A lot of military working dogs have stub tails for this reason. They're high drive and intelligent but because they have to be kenneled for so long they find ways to amuse themselves. There are a lot of chronic bowl- or bucket-divers that start that way as well.
It can be VERY hard to break a fixation like tail chasing or light chasing once it's really taken hold. Exercise is key, as is providing more brain-stimulating options while the pet is not being actively engaged, like puzzle toys or kongs or a large enclosure with activities like digging or bouncing around in a water bucket.
|08-10-2013 05:04 PM|
Dog imitation - Imitating chasing tail from another dog
I was here browsing the forum and remembered to ask something about a dog behavior that we have probably all seen before.
We have all seen (even if only on YouTube) dogs running trying to chase their own tail, I would like to know why dogs do that.
But more importantly why would one dog that never exhibited this behavior, begins performing the exact same behavior after seeing another dog doing it?
Note that both dogs aren't in the same family/pack and never even met before, they only came across each other during a walk in the park, and when one started chasing his tail the other imitated him.
Both dogs, far as I was able to notice, all seemed in good shape, healthy and clean.
Honestly I always scratched my head around this one, none ever gave me a good answer. Well maybe someone here can.