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Why do dogs chase their tails

Why do dogs chase their tails

Dogs chasing their tails are a common sight and a time honored tradition as well. While normally they do so to avoid boredom emanating from inaction, there are a slew of other reasons that throw a better light on their inexplicable pastime.

First, as discussed in the beginner, puppies and dogs exhibit tail chasing or whirling activity as an alternative to loneliness or inaction when they’ve none to play with around. Categorized under Canine Compulsive Disorder, tail chasing is more viral in puppies aged three to six months; however, among certain species, such as German Shepherds, it starts at an age of six months and continues providing them with a fun medium to stay engaged until they’re twenty-four months.

Second, dogs do it to attract the attention of their owners and other people. As you would have experienced or seen it, we laugh or pay more attention to our puppies when they do so. Finally, it helps them improve their focus and be more agile than they actually are.

After all, all of us have some weird habits, which may appear as perfectly normal to us; however, when we see others exhibiting same behavior or habits, only then we come to know the extent of ingrained weirdness. We develop those habits over time or, in some cases, when we have literally nothing to do. Even dogs, or other animals, are no exceptions to such peculiar or unusual weird behavioral or habitual practices.

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