My dog, Hinchcliff, often chases his tail. Why does he do this?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Dogs are very aware of movement in their environment. When their peripheral vision catches sight of something moving, be it a slithering bug or a tail -- even their own -- the first reaction is often to pounce on whatever it is. Tail chasing is therefore a very common behavior.
If your dog does this excessively, though, it's a sign that he probably isn't getting enough stimulation and playtime. Offer your dog toys and spend more time diverting his attention to other amusements. Tail chasing can also be a sign of physical discomfort, caused by fleas or another type of irritation in that region. If you suspect that could be the case, a trip with your dog to the veterinarian may be in order.