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Why Do Dogs Chase Their Tails?

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Ever wonder why your cute lil pup runs around in circles to the point of exhaustion chasing his tail?

Well, they chase them for various reasons, including playfulness, boredom, and attention-seeking behavior. Puppies, unaware that their tails are part of their bodies, may do it for fun.

Boredom or insufficient exercise can lead to tail chasing, which can be addressed through activities like fetch or walks. Seeking attention, whether positive or negative, may reinforce the behavior.

Some dog breeds, like bull terriers and German shepherds, are more prone to running after their tails.

It could be related to an injury, parasites, fleas, or food allergies. They could be suffering OCD or, in doggie terms canine compulsive disorder. If your dog/pup suddenly starts biting or chasing after themselves, a vet visit may be needed.

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