The word compulsive describes an involuntary desire to do something. When a dog exhibits some compulsive behaviour, it repeatedly performs one or more continuous acts in an increasing way that will ultimately culminate in disrupting its daily routine. The tendency is for dogs that exhibit this type of behaviour to engage in activities that do not result in anything positive. However, they feel intuitively obliged to do so.

When a dog develops craziness such as chasing its tail, barking constantly, scratching itself to the point of plucking its body hair, it is likely experiencing some compulsive disorder. Some dogs can spend the entire time they are awake performing compulsive behaviours. In these cases, they can suffer some very unwanted side effects such as losing weight, being stressed and hurting themselves.

So stay tuned if you are seeing your dog scratching in an atypical way, or even dangling his ears more than usual. Make sure your dog wakes up to repeat this kind of strange behaviour. Find out if he has fleas, ticks, insect bite allergies. Do a general check on his body massaging to detect if there is something abnormal. Due to the coat, sometimes we do not realise if there is the presence of hair or even bugs among the hair. Check your dog’s nails carefully and between their fingers, check the ears, look for spots on the body, check everything thoroughly to detect whether or not he has otitis or even moist dermatitis. If you can see that the external factor that is driving this compulsive behaviour is related to a health problem, it will be much simpler to prevent this behaviour from actually becoming a compulsion.

Dogs that continuously lick themselves, bite their tails, or even another part of the body, may be suffering from a parasitic infestation, fungus, cuts in places that are not visible, etc. That is why it is essential to rule out all probabilities before determining whether this behaviour is associated with an emotional background disorder or is nothing more than an attempt by the dog to relieve any physical discomfort.

As with people, animals can also develop compulsive psychological disorders, which result, among other things, in repetitive behaviours. 

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