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Post by Guest on Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:46 am

This is something that I thought dogs grow out of but Jade is 5 now and still chases her tail like a nutter!!!!

This wouldn't be too bad but she always chooses the tightest spot to do it and ends up banging her head! :lol!:

Are all staffs tail chsing maniacs??!!
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Post by Guest on Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:52 am

Roxy does it once in a blue moon but not really a tail chaser!
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Post by Admin on Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:38 am

Jake get so angry he try getting his back leg instead

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Post by Lucy on Thu Apr 03, 2008 5:32 am

Since Max has become himself again he has started to chase his tail he is 6 now so i guess they dont grow out of it!
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Post by kerri on Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:02 am

You have to be very carefull with tail chasing as it is a form of OCD
and should be stopped and never incouraged.

Some dogs have had there hair of there tails and i have read that a dog had to get his tail amputated as it was that bad at tail chasing it then went on
to biting a hole is its leg then had to be PTS:(

Another thing making them tail chase could be their anal glands which if they're giving trouble, they might chase their bum round and bite their tails in the mean time. Worth keeping an eye on them if your dog tail chases

Could also mean that your dog needs more mental stimulation/exercise/toys to try and take their mind off it
but dont use the toy/treat to stop them from doing it as this could be seen as a reward for doing it and they will do tail chasing to get the toy/treat.

I only found this out a month ago i never thought their was anything wrong with it apart from your dog being a bit loopy
but sadly it can end in them being PTS

hope this helps as i said i never new either .....
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Post by engladian on Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:39 pm

Excellent advice Kerri. I once had a pitbul that chased her tail and it ended up all raw and infected to the point the vet said if we didn't take drastic measures to stop it amputation would be the only option. Luckily we were able to stop her but it wasn't easy as her problem seemed to be based on neurosis. Everytime she heard a high-pitched squealing noise she set off and wouldn't stop. Usually it was something like a squeeky whel on a kids tricycle, the neighbours clothesline on a squeaky pulley. Kane will chase his tail if, like said in Kerri's post, he didn't get his walk that day. If I'm not well enough to take him out a good heavy play session in th egarden will keep him from the chasing.
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Post by Admin on Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:43 pm

kerri wrote:You have to be very carefull with tail chasing as it is a form of OCD
and should be stopped and never incouraged.

Some dogs have had there hair of there tails and i have read that a dog had to get his tail amputated as it was that bad at tail chasing it then went on
to biting a hole is its leg then had to be PTS:(

Another thing making them tail chase could be their anal glands which if they're giving trouble, they might chase their bum round and bite their tails in the mean time. Worth keeping an eye on them if your dog tail chases

Could also mean that your dog needs more mental stimulation/exercise/toys to try and take their mind off it
but dont use the toy/treat to stop them from doing it as this could be seen as a reward for doing it and they will do tail chasing to get the toy/treat.

I only found this out a month ago i never thought their was anything wrong with it apart from your dog being a bit loopy
but sadly it can end in them being PTS

hope this helps as i said i never new either .....
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Great post!! good info we need post like this :cheers:

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Post by Guest on Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:31 am

Jadey is too much of a big lumox to actually catch her tail! She generally does it when shes excited and playing with the OH! She did it on the ege of the bed the other day and I had to stop her dropping off! :lol!:

Really useful stuff to know though Kerri, thanks.xx
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Post by kerri on Fri Apr 04, 2008 4:31 am

claire wrote:Jadey is too much of a big lumox to actually catch her tail! She generally does it when shes excited and playing with the OH! She did it on the ege of the bed the other day and I had to stop her dropping off! :lol!:

Really useful stuff to know though Kerri, thanks.xx

Glad to be of asistence :D
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Post by kenzo on Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:29 am

Good advice from Kerri...
Kenzo chases his tale sometimes, but we say no at once... I have read that if we give them positiv respons, they might get the idea that this is the only way to get attention. And it can be stressed ful for the dog...
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