Why do they do the things they do … over and over again
Disgusting obsessive-compulsive disorder in dogs (also called OCD) is a behavior that seems out of context, strange and directed at objects, be it the dog itself, or an inanimate object, such as a food dish or wheeled objects like cars, or strollers.
OCD often manifests itself in dogs who are stressed, anxious or upset and can be a very crazy experience for the owner.
These behaviors can often result in the destruction of items, yards, angry neighbors, and seemingly uncontrollable aggression. Obsessive digging, constant exchange on their feet, barking at nothing, attacking inanimate objects, are all symptoms of OCD.
When OCD is caused by stress, it is important to get help from your veterinarian. A stressed dog is also a potentially dangerous dog. There are medical therapies available to help your dog deal with stress.
In cases of boredom (digging, barking, tail tracking) it is time to increase your dog’s activity level. A tired dog is a happy dog and not a sick dog. Go out and play more! Take long walks, look at Doggy Daycare, play play … you get ideas. By expanding your dog’s energy to a safe place, you not only make sure your dog is happy, but also increase your bond with your pet and reduce certain health risks, such as accidental ingestion of venom (if your dog is home destruction machine) and obesity.
Sharing Anxiety is often the cause of OCD. How many owners have come home for total destruction? The anxiety of separation is explained HERE .
Saliva disorders can also be part of your dog’s genetic makeup. Some breeds are predisposed to these behaviors, such as Dobermans, who suck their skin, German Shepherds, who follow their tails, and English Bull Terriers, who have a strange habit of holding their head under objects and freeze in place.