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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-13-2018, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Tail chasing

Hi Everyone, out 8 month female gsd has been chasing her tail non stop for the past 4 days (she is still intact). We haven't changed any thing in her routine and she was 100% fine before this. Every time she is out of her kennel area and free in the house she immediately begins to chase her tail. We have tried toys to distract her from this but to no avail. Is this something normal for this age, or should we take a trip to the vet.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-13-2018, 12:15 PM
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How much exercise does she get? Sounds like she's hyper and bored

My pup does it, but after a walk/ training or day at the in-laws she's zonked and only gets up to eat/ go potty, lol
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-13-2018, 12:22 PM
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Don't take it lightly this is not normal puppy behavior if it's persisting and the dog can't be distracted. Based off of your descriptions it sounds obsessive compulsive. An occasionally round of chasing the tail isn't anything to be concerned about but if the dog can't stop there may be an underlying cause.
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It's odd that this just started. Any changes in her routine, the household? Anything that is causing stress for you that she might be picking up on? Has anyone ever used a laser pointer with her?

It is serious, as this is OCD behaviour, and can get worse. Exercise her to the hilt, get her involved in lots of stimulating activities, and do consult your vet.
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There's been no change in her routine and even after exercise she's been doing it. We're gonna consult the vet for next course of action
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-05-2018, 06:15 PM
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I would try correcting the behavior (ie. pet convincer) and see if that works. Distracting with a toy is rewarding the dog for the behavior.
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It is a serious condition. Cople of ideas: wearing an Elizabethan collar or something similar so she can't reach her tail? This will treat the symptoms, not the cause though. Play with her when she NOT chasing her tail as a reward for desired behavior. How about a treadmill? Walking on one is incompatible with tail chasing. Frequent exercise and crate time.
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