What Does it Mean When A Dog Chases His or Her Tail?


When a dog chases his or her tail no one thinks twice about it since it is such a common activity. Almost every dog out there chases his or her own tail with the exception of my dog, the only dog I know that doesn’t chase her tail. However, why do dogs chase their tails? I mean, it’s like any other activity they perform such as chasing squirrels, but what does it suggest to the dog’s owner.  Well, it actual depends on the dog’s age to what the dog is trying to tell his or her owner.

If your little puppy is chasing his or her tail, he or she is suggesting that he or she is in a playful mood. This meaning derives from the idea that dogs are predators, and that they would chase their tails during their free time when they were not hunting. They had plenty of free time in between hunts because they did not have to worry about being hunted down themselves. An interesting idea about puppies chasing their tails is that the moment they catch their tail in their mouth is the moment they realize that their tail is attached to their body.

Due to this idea, older dogs tend to stray away from the playful activity of chasing their tail. It is not a good sign if your dog does continue to chase his or her own tail, which may possibly lead to a trip to the veterinarian. You may consider taking your dog to the veterinarian if your dog continues to chase his or her tail at an older age because it can be a sign that your dog might have fleas or worms. Or, your dog might be trying to tell you that he or she has a behavioral problem that is deemed compulsive. Due to this behavioral problem, your dog might lick or chew another body part of his or hers such as his or her tail or continue to chase his or her tail for no obvious reason .

Even if you do not believe your dog to have fleas or worms but he or she still continue to chase his or her tail you might want to drop in at the veterinarian anyway. Your veterinarian is there to help you in any way he or she can, and in doing so, he or she can give you ideas on how to stop the behavior, which would be beneficial to you and your dog.

I always thought it was a bit strange that my dog did not participate in the playful activity of chasing her tail, but I guess it is a good thing since she is older. However, a dog chasing his or her own tail is still a common activity among dogs, but more commonly found in puppies. So remember, if you are nervous that your dog is still chasing his or her own tail at an old age think about talking about it with your veterinarian. If nothings wrong, simply take a deep breath and watch your old dog while he or she is acting playful and wishing he or she were a puppy again.