Hi. Luther here again. Today I want to talk about something very near and dear to me. Literally. My tail!
DeTails, DeTails, DeTails.
First off, I love my tail. I chase it occasionally and sometimes I actually catch it. Can’t figure out what to do with it when I do, so I let it go and start all over again. Silly, I know. But I can’t help it and it seems to make Maw and Paw smile when I do.
Since I’m nosey (pun intended) and getting to really love research, I thought I’d look up the subject. Geez…why does all research seem so serious? Me? I just have excess energy cuz I’m a pup. I chase my tail, bark and play growl, and after I’m all wound up, I go get a toy. I know when I’m being cute there is a huge guarantee that someone’s gonna throw that toy – then I get to chase it. Seems natural to me. Cute + toy = playtime.
It’s kinda like when my human pet owners dance all silly and do funny movements like slapping their butts, kicking their legs up trying to touch their toes, or doing jazz hands when there is no apparent reason they should be. I don’t judge. Well I do, but then I chase my tail.
What is that thing anyway?
After all, why is that thing there? It’s distracting! I’ll be minding my own business then get this overwhelming feeling someone is following me. Then it waves at me and I’m like…”what do you want, for dog’s sake”. I guess it must want to play. I did figure out that the thing is actually attached to my body though. Cool.
I suppose you can get away with silly behavior if you’re a pup, but if you’re an older dog and all of a sudden start chasing your tail, well then, there just might be an issue. Are you senile? Or are you a goofball? Or; do you have allergies? Does your tail hurt? Does your butt hurt? Do you keep chewing it, or doing that awful licking? If so, you might have a problem. If so, this could happen…
I mean, I get it. Some research says if I chase my tail – I must have a serious problem. Really? For me, it’s just plain ole fun. But that’s just me. Being smart and all, I realize that some pups may have personal issues for why they do repetitive things. Like humans, I guess there is such a thing as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in dogs too. This is rare though.
Is there an issue?
Pups! If you’re NOT having fun chasing your tail, then you probably better tell your human pet owner. Tell them you’re not having fun and it’s starting to interfere with your wellbeing. After heartfelt discussions, it might be time to see your 2nd favorite human on the planet…YOUR VET! I love mine anyway.
Tell your Maw and Paw what’s happening in your life: Be honest, they love you and love when you give them attention!
Are you confined in small quarters for long periods of time? Tell them you don’t like being crated up all day and night. Tell them you understand they have busy schedules – but you need them, and you need exercise. Tell them you want to go outdoors and run and jump and chase squirrels.
Tell them “Play with me!” Let them know you get bored, especially if you’re an old-timer. Help them understand your old bones still love to play!
Do you think you have fleas? We hate those things. They bite, crawl around on us, they are irritating and yucky. Yikes.
It could be hereditary and in your nature. I’m ½ Lab and ½ Shepherd. I found out that Shepherds are prone to this behavior – and since I’m part Shepherd I’m gonna make sure Maw and Paw know to watch my behavior when I’m an adult. Cattle dogs and some terriers have this gene also I guess. But hey, tail chasing is not specific to specific breeds. It’s just what some of us choose to do.
Okay. I’ve done my due diligence here. Science vs. the non-science. Or better yet…serious vs. silly.
I love chasing my tail cuz it’s mine and it’s fascinating. I’ll stop when I get older, but right now I’m a kid and wanna do kid things. I bet when you humans were kids you did silly stuff; like eating mud pies…
pretending to fly…
picking your nose (ewwww)…
making funny faces…
The bottom line is this:
I bet you don’t do any of these things any more, do you? But…I bet secretly you wish you still could be a kid!
Me, Luther? As you already know…I just wanna have fun. So I’ll continue to chase my tail for now. Personally I don’t ever want to grow up. I hope I always love chasing my tail. I’ve come full circle. Woof!