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Re: Chasing and Biting the tail

Posted by:  Leslie Hemsing
Posted on:  November 18, 2002 at 22:58:41

In Reply to: Chasing and Biting the tail
Category:   Behavior Problems
Posted by:  C. C. Inglish
Posted on:  November 17, 2002 at 06:27:44

Question:

: Why does my female JRT chase, growl, snarl and snap at her tail when given a large doggie treat or chew. Does she think it is another dog?


Response:

Dear C.C.,

Interesting question... If your terrier was actually growling and snapping AT the large treat/chew chew then I can see how you might think she's afraid or defensive. However, since she's attacking herself, I think it's more likely that she's just really, really excited at getting such a "super" treat. :-)

I suggest you may want to consider down-sizing her treats/chews as this is not a behavior you want to encourage; tail-chasing can become a habit that is very difficult to break. You'll want to make sure she's getting plenty of exercise too. Playing ball with you is a better -- healthier -- way for her to expend energy.

Good luck,
Leslie