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01-24-2014 10:13 PM
wyoung2153
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Originally Posted by Mary Beth View Post
It is a hard habit to break like nail biting for us humans. Maybe these anti-lick strips will help http://www.amazon.co.uk/Anti-lick-Pr.../dp/B001ELOOP6
On that note... have you tried anything like "Bitter Apple" spray? sells at most pet stores. Supposed to be a very good deterrent and safe for your dog.
01-24-2014 09:08 PM
Mary Beth It is a hard habit to break like nail biting for us humans. Maybe these anti-lick strips will help
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01-24-2014 07:12 PM
wyoung2153
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Originally Posted by SandraBruno View Post
Thanks guys for all the information. Just a quick upgrade: he is still at it. one part healed and the hair grew back but there is a big patch mid-length on his tail that he is at. I remember when he started biting his tail it was just about 10cm away from the top of his tail and it looked like a swollen circular spot maybe the size of a 50cent coin and he started biting it at the tip until it disappeared and he just kept on biting it.
If all health issues have been ruled out... and only if... I agree with the others about obsessive behavior or even an anxiety driven behavior. Either way you can treat this one the same I think. My Titan, 4 yrs now, is obsessed with his tail also, working line as well. Only, Titan chases it repetitively, catches it with his paw and sits on it for a minute.. repeat. this has resulted in a super fluffy tail.. until the last 4 inches that look like I have held all his fur down with gel. It started when he was a puppy.. admittedly I was very ignorant on the demanding breed when I got him.. didn't do the research until after I got him.. anywho.. did the research finally and found this to be a more common problem with GSDs than most other breeds. Redirection/OB is how I got him to stop 95% of the time.

Take note when he does it, was he bored, not being played with, new environment, etc.. Titan did it when he was really really bored or he was in a new situation (anxiety driven), e.g., doggy daycare, new house, new crowd, etc. I started to be able to pick up on the pre-tail chasing signals and stop it before it happens by doing one of 2 things.. distract with a toy, or grab some treats and start OB. One thing I would not do, IMO, is give him a toy or treat WHILE he's doing it. I found that if he already started his chasing, and I gave him a toy, he clued in that when he chases his tail, he gets a toy. I had to give him an "end all" command. I chose "enough" and tell him to lay down. When he was calm for about 30 seconds to a minute, enough for him to focus on something else, I would play or do OB with him.

Eventually he stopped doing it so frequently. He still does though on very rare occasions, so I will say that I don't think it will ever stop, you just manage it. But again, learn the signs of him doing it before he does it and you can start preventing it from even beginning. Ex: Before an "episode" Titan will get a certain look and start staring at his tail and back around at everything. Or if he's sitting he will ever so slightly shift so that his tail ends up under him and between his legs.
01-24-2014 06:47 PM
Harry and Lola My male started to focus in on his tail and have a chew once he got it, as soon as I saw this, I told him off and he stops. Every now and again, I will see him focus on his tail, I tell him 'no tail' and he stops.

Aside from medical issues like an allergy, focusing on their tail and chewing it can be an indication of epilepsy, I have read about dogs who were allowed to keep chasing their tails (because owners thought it was funny at first), these dogs end up having seizures from the constant going around and around.

Really important to break this habit.

Sounds like he has really developed this habit, to break it you could try using an Elizabethan collar http://www.crownvet.com.au/e-collar
01-24-2014 05:54 PM
SandraBruno Thanks guys for all the information. Just a quick upgrade: he is still at it. one part healed and the hair grew back but there is a big patch mid-length on his tail that he is at. I remember when he started biting his tail it was just about 10cm away from the top of his tail and it looked like a swollen circular spot maybe the size of a 50cent coin and he started biting it at the tip until it disappeared and he just kept on biting it.
12-26-2013 09:26 AM
huntergreen i don't believe in e collars for a gsd.
12-25-2013 09:40 PM
Mary Beth
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Originally Posted by harrisbrown99 View Post
I have 2 rescue GS. Beside that I have also 4 Chihuahuas and 3 cats. The dogs was not friendly at all. Just with me and my son. Lots of behavior issues. I do not believe in create. I take them to trainer who want $ 1600 for 6 sessions, for 1 dog. Ups, I didn't rob the bank. He use the training collar. I got home and browse internet and got the sports dog brand collar. With in one week my dogs been so great. Train so well. It work on any bad behavior. That be my last resort to try. Every time when he bite his tail say no and small zap. You have to try what strong number will work on your dog. I start with one, and two. It works wonder. It got to point when they see the remote, best behavior.
I won't use an e collar for a dog biting his tail - this is not bad behavior. To use the e collar for this is at the very least counterproductive, and the worst - cruel to the dog. Medical issues need to be ruled out and the dog needs to be redirected in a positive manner so as not to cause him any further anxiety and trauma.
12-25-2013 08:06 PM
TS0104 Were either of the new foods you tried a grain free food? I've heard this can be helpful with allergy prone GSDs. By the way, I tried feeding my dog Sojos dehydrated raw (just because it sounded healthy to me) and after two weeks her coat became super soft, before that it was stiff and wiry and what I thought that was just her natural fur. Not really the same as your situation but obviously the food can affect the external of the dog. Good luck and I think the redirection is good too!

By the way CherokeeGod, my dog is a 8 month old GSD mix (not sure the other half). She weighs 49 lbs. She looks like she is a healthy weight. She looks more tall and thin than full breed GDS, her body is not stocky at all. Can you see your dog's ribs?
12-25-2013 11:33 AM
harrisbrown99 I have 2 rescue GS. Beside that I have also 4 Chihuahuas and 3 cats. The dogs was not friendly at all. Just with me and my son. Lots of behavior issues. I do not believe in create. I take them to trainer who want $ 1600 for 6 sessions, for 1 dog. Ups, I didn't rob the bank. He use the training collar. I got home and browse internet and got the sports dog brand collar. With in one week my dogs been so great. Train so well. It work on any bad behavior. That be my last resort to try. Every time when he bite his tail say no and small zap. You have to try what strong number will work on your dog. I start with one, and two. It works wonder. It got to point when they see the remote, best behavior.
12-24-2013 08:12 PM
CherokeeGod
Is my puppy too small?

Hi guys, my 7 month old GSD puppy is 50 lbs he seems skinny to me but he's tall too. Is hhis weight too light? If anyone has a good idea what his weight should be or how I can put more weight on him please let me know. Btw he eats 5 cups a day and has been checked negative for worms
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