Daily Cute: Dog Chases His Own Tail… and Hops and Twirls, Too

By now you’ve probably seen a dog chasing its own tail, but seeing it done once more won’t hurt! This dog not only chases, but also hops and twirls after its tail, too!

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66 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven7 months ago

thanks for the article.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Elisa F.
Elisa F.2 years ago

Very energetic & sweet dogs :) Thanks for sharing

Syd Henley
Syd H.2 years ago

Renata B. You are very much mistaken when you say this behaviour is "much more unsual and the behaviour of this dog is quite extreme".
It has NOTHING to do with OCD or any other mental disorder. I have been around dogs all my life (63 years) and such behaviour is not at all unusual or uncommon. Almost every single dog I have ever had contact with, whether in a good, activity filled environment with plenty of stimulation and human contact, or in a poor environment with no stimulation, will from time to time chase its own tail. Some seem to undertake this activity far more than others. I had a Jack Russell and from being an 8 week old pup till the time he died aged 19, he hardly ever left his un-docked tail alone. He would spend hours at a time chasing it round until he got dizzy and fell over and would then start chasing it the opposite way. Yet he was rarely left alone, always had loads of toys and other forms of stimulating activities.

Renata B.
Renata B.2 years ago

But I also agree that it may be a sign of OCD. Cats do this to play: I am sure of this and have proof with my cats who did it when they were very young, although not very often (I had seven). Maybe they were too busy playing with each other. With single cats probably it happens more. But from their behaviour - how they intentionally made the tail move like a serpent and then punce on it - I am sure it was a game. My vet always said my cats were very relaxed.
But with dogs it's different, much more unsual and the behaviour of this dog is quite extreme. Let us not forget that what apprently we perceive as a game may have a much more serious origin. Like the poor squirrel imprisoned inside a cage who runs madly on a turning wheel. It's not funny at all. Like the lion pacing endlessly inside a cage.It's a form of autism and/or OCD.

Renata B.
Renata B.2 years ago

Hadn't they mutilated him cutting his tail he would have had more fun.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

cute

Isabel Araujo
Isabel Araujo2 years ago

Beautiful and playful bóxer living with loving people! *_*

Lynn C.
Lynn C.2 years ago

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Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim2 years ago

Interesting. It's like a human trying to lick your own elbow.