Re: Chasing and Biting the tailPosted by: Leslie Hemsing
Posted on: November 18, 2002 at 22:58:41
In Reply to: Chasing and Biting the tail
: 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?
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.