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Understanding Compulsive Behavior In Dogs
by Jerry Harris

A lot of different dogs suffer from compulsive behavior which are identified as the types of
behavior that are repetitive and also seem to be irresistible to give in. When a dog
experiences this kind of behavior condition they are observed to be engaging in the same
behavior regularly. This condition is considered to be a critical issue when your dogs
normal behavior already interferes with their daily activities. If you try to observe a dog
having a compulsive behavior you will often find out and discover a dog to continue to
indulge in such behavior though they don't need to.

Understanding that dogs display some symptoms related with canine compulsion will apply
this kind of behaviors that they are usually in throughout the day. There are cases
wherein the dog does these activities starting from the time they are awake until they
finally fall asleep. Below are some different types of behavior that could also be
experienced by your dog when it has a compulsive behavior.

 Some dogs spin on a manner that is consistent.
 They might chase their tails, or cars or some other objects in motion.
 They will bark continuously without any reason at all.
 Many dogs become obsessed when they are playing with their toys.
 Your dog may be chasing lights or shadows that they easily see.
 There are a lot of dogs that lick themselves in a very compulsive manner.

Realizing that many dogs belonging to a certain breed have the possibility to indulge in
compulsive behaviors is important. Breeds such as Doberman Pincher and Golden
Retrievers commonly become obsessed and go in for this kind of behaviors in a consistent
manner. In some cases, compulsive behaviors are displayed by dogs because of a specific
reason. Some dogs may be doing a particular activity after they have experienced a
physical complication or some type of trauma. When a dog undergoes extreme stress or
experiences consistent anxiety levels, they are more likely to develop obsessions and
compulsions just for them to deal with such complications. Here are some situations which
result in compulsive behaviors:

 When dogs do not like being confined in an area for a long period of time, they start  
getting into some behaviors and be eventually accustomed to these behaviors.
 When your dogs are restrained or kept in isolation or not permitted to interact and
socialize with people and other animals, they tend to be in certain behaviors just to
address the issue.
 A dog could start to act in a compulsive manner when he experiences distress or some
uncomfortable emotions.
 When a dog is physically and verbally abused, it could result to a complication in the
dog's behavior.

It is important that you notice and understand this kind of behavior that your dog exhibits
and seek help from a certified trainer. The most appropriate kind of treatment for this
condition is behavior modification.

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