Why dogs chasing its tail?

Indonesia
December 13, 2009 8:38pm CST
Well, i have several dogs in my life since i was a kid. and one of the big question about dog in my head is, why dogs likes to chase its own tail? are they hate their own tail? My recent dog, seems like disturbed by it's own tail, he chase it, bite it and then cry, maybe a little pain from his own bite. But then, he keeps doing it over and over again. lol.
8 responses
@Orea15 (281)
• United States
14 Dec 09
That's a good question. I always thought that they are curious about it or just want to catch it for some reason. It's disturbing to hear you dog is hurting himself, though. This worries me. I don't know about dogs, but some cats have a mental condition that in extreme cases can cause them to attack their own body parts and even mutilate themselves. I can't remember what it's called, but it can be a terrible thing. Some kitties have had to be put to sleep because of the repeated serious injuries they do to themselves. We have a cat with a mild case of this, and when she was younger I used to say her tail chased her down the hall! No kidding. To say it was strange would be an understatement. Fortunately, she has never really hurt herself when she gets these wacko spells and gets mad at her tail. Please keep an eye on your dog and make sure it doesn't escalate into something more serious. Blessings, Orea
• Indonesia
14 Dec 09
do you think it related to their own personality? i mean if they do that, does it mean that they the aggressive kind? well, your story of your cat have broaden my mind. i never have cats in my life. and yes, the first time i see my dogs chasing its own tail seem kind of funny, stupid but funny, but when it becomes hurting themselves its get annoying. i do worried about them.
@Orea15 (281)
• United States
14 Dec 09
I don't know. What is the cause of mental illnesses in humans? It may be something similar. Unfortunately, it is harder with dogs and cats because we can't sit then down and try to reason with them! Nor can we explain to them that their tail is a part of them and they shouldn't hurt it. I wish I had a good answer. Wait, how about if you put something bad tasting on the tail so they would taste something unpleasant when they bit it? Do you think that might help? Kind of like putting bitter apple on your fingernails to help break the nail biting habit.
• Indonesia
14 Dec 09
well, i do try to put chilly in their tail. lol. but i don' think it is good for long term because chilly gives a hot sensation on skin. usually i just try to attract my dogs with some breads. breads do irresistable for my dogs, lol. thanks for sharing here Orea15
@kafueenu (1073)
• Philippines
14 Dec 09
Someone told me that a dog has the thinking of a two year old kid. They are curious and playful, and more importantly not aware of some stuff, or do not understand them. A dog's tail moves a lot, and you know dogs, they respond to movements, especially rapid ones. They don't realize they are causing the movement of their tail so they chase it for the sake of chasing it. This is my own opinion of course, is there a dog psychologist who can answer this question? haha
• Indonesia
15 Dec 09
you're right kafueenu, sometimes dogs are likely think just like a two year old kid. and maybe he just gets annoyed with the movement of it's own tail. haha thanks for sharing
@xJaiiDK (164)
• Philippines
16 Dec 09
I never heard of this, but I think i will agree with you since dogs are really playful. I just enjoy seeing them play their tail. it's fun seeing them play.
@rene12 (797)
• Philippines
14 Dec 09
A dog who chases it tail lacks attention from its owner. He wants to play with something and his tail will be his play thing. It depends on the dogs personality. For some it is funny but for some it is not, for it shows loneliness that is why he is playing with his own body parts. Some cases are biting their own feet with no reasons, that is more worse XD
• Indonesia
15 Dec 09
i don't think that my dog is lack attention from me. and it doesn't seem that he just wants to play with his own tail. when he bite his own feet, i notice that it may be feel itch or something, it's different than when he chasing his own tail.
@rene12 (797)
• Philippines
15 Dec 09
It depends on his personality but chasing tail really shows that it lacks attention. About the feet, I mean the whole feet. It is like seeing him munching a bone.
@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
14 Dec 09
my dog will only chase its tail when someone leaves the house. not sure if it is chasing her tail or just running in circles. It is weird to watch.
• Indonesia
15 Dec 09
if someone leaves the house, my dog will jump over and over again on the fence, as if he try to say not to leave him, and sometimes he also crying. :D thanks for comment
@MimiRemo (420)
• Philippines
14 Dec 09
I have read that it is actually normal for dogs to chase their tails. It is a happy and energetic behavior for them, and a release of stress. It is an exciting component of play. My dog chases her tail sometimes, when she gets really bored. It does not always mean that something is wrong with your dog. BUT if a dog does it excessively to the point that it causes injury, that is when a problem is occurring. The dog may have a behavioral problem, or worse, a medical or neurological condition. I hope you'd refer to the vet.
• Indonesia
15 Dec 09
when my dogs chase his own tail, don't think he's happy about that. it's just like someone who angry and chase his enemy. fortunately, there no injury involved until now.
• Indonesia
14 Dec 09
I don't know about this since i don't have a dog. But i think they take interest to their tail because they think they can play it. Or maybe i am wrong since there is no way for me to read dog mind, and well, that's it from me. Hope it help you my friend. Thanks.
• Indonesia
15 Dec 09
well, it's true that there is no way for us to read dog's mind. sometimes they're just seem to play with their own tail. hahaha
@Genericbe (1378)
• Philippines
18 Dec 09
Almost more than half of dogs population do chase their tails.. Its kind weird for us but it is their sense nature of affection and fun, some dogs make it a habit chasing their tails, some do it only because there is an itchiness on tail part.. while some do chase to give an expression to others that they are friendly. All has different meanings or interpretations on why dogs chase tails..It has also a defense mechanism expression for them. But the only uniform in them, is that Almost all of them do it everyday and cannot resist themselves even the most trained pet to stop chasing his tail. It is already born for them in nature.
@Java09 (3085)
• United States
17 Dec 09
I have a lhasa apso,and when he gets playful he suddenly chases his tail.I don't know why,but it seems to be a game to them.I guess they notice their tail and just chase it.We may never know the answer to this question.I wonder this too.