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Why do dogs chase their tails? Because, they think it’s fun! It’s not. It’s stressful and can cause damage to your dog. Chasing their tail can be dangerous and can cause a lot of pain and stress to your dog. However, if it’s just a harmless play, don’t get upset. Here are some things you can try to stop your dog from chasing their tail.
1. Keep an Eye on Your Dog
The best way to stop your dog from chasing their tail is to keep an eye on them while they are doing it. When you notice your dog running after their tail, immediately stop them. If your dog tries to bite or try to bite their tail when you catch them, put them in a corner to calm them down. Do not allow your dog to get away with it. This is a play that could easily get out of hand and can hurt your dog or worse.
2. Avoid Aggressive Dogs
One common thing to do is to make sure to avoid aggressive dogs. If you do have an aggressive dog, try to keep them away from your dog while they chase their tail. Don’t be afraid to keep a safe distance between them. Also try to keep your dog in a safe place. If you have an aggressive dog that can easily get to your dog’s tail, get them a bigger, fenced in yard that they can safely roam in.
3. Keep a Watchful Eye
While you are checking your dog, try to catch them doing it. It’s not fun watching your dog do that, but it could easily be dangerous. Some dogs have been known to break their tails and even their hips. If you notice your dog trying to bite their tail, immediately put them in a corner and help them calm down. This is another way to stop your dog from chasing their tail.
4. Put Your Dog’s Tail Up Front
If your dog still tries to chase their tail or even bites their tail, you need to find out why they do this. Make sure you don’t leave your dog unattended in the house. Make sure that they are in a room that is not easily accessible. Even then, if your dog is biting their tail and you catch them in the act, put them in a corner to calm them down. While your dog is biting their tail or even trying to bite their tail, you can use an anti-biting cone. Once you have caught your dog biting their tail, put them in the corner and let them calm down. You should repeat this process until your dog no longer tries to bite their tail.
5. Get Them A Trimmer
You should get your dog a trimer or comb to see if they have an excess amount of hair between their fur and their tail. A trimer can be found at most pet stores. You can use the trimmer to remove the hair from between their fur and their tail. You should also trim your dog’s tail. You can also do this yourself using a scissors. You should trim a length from your dog’s tail about the same length as their body. If your dog is scratching the floor, you can trim the extra hair from their tail.
As you can see, a dog’s tail can be problematic. You can prevent them from being afraid of their tail by following these guidelines.
Signs that Your Dog May Have a Tail Problem
1. Your Dog Bites or Tries to Bite Their Tail
If you notice that your dog is biting or trying to bite their tail, immediately put them in a corner and help them calm down. If they do not calm down, then you should put them in a crate. There are safety concerns when a dog has a bad tail. It is possible for them to hurt themselves or someone else. They could also harm themselves by ripping their fur. If your dog does not calm down after several attempts, then you should contact your vet. You can also check on any other wounds that your dog may have that were caused by them injuring their tail.
2. It Gets Bigger
As your dog ages, their tail becomes larger. If it starts to get larger than normal, you can also see the end of it. You can check this by taking a photograph of your dog’s tail and then compare this to the photographs that you took of them when they were younger. The older your dog gets, the more noticeable the difference between them. It is best to catch this early before it becomes a problem.
3. You Notice Them Scratching the Floor
If you notice your dog scratching the floor, then you need to make sure they are healthy and that they are not hurting themselves. It is best to contact your vet to see what you can do.
4. They Start Spinning In Place
This is another issue that you need to get fixed by a vet. There are health risks and even safety risks. They can fall if they spin in place in front of an object. If this is the case, then they could also fall and possibly hit their head on something. It is best to contact your vet if you notice this.
5. They Do Not Feel Well
If your dog does not feel well, then you need to contact your vet. It could be an underlying medical condition. You should also check if they are eating and drinking well. If they are not, then you need to change this for them. You can also do a temperature check. This will tell you if they have a fever.
Having problems with your dog’s tail means that you are dealing with some serious health problems. You should immediately contact your vet if you notice any of these issues in your dog. They will be able to give you the right information. If they are not able to fix them, then they can assist in getting you to the right vet. This will give you the best chance of fixing them.