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Apophis

Ha ha! That's why dogs are better than cats; They're adorable and dumb and do things like spin in circles when they're excited and happy. :D

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Maybe he is looking for is tail:-)

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If they do this and then lay down then they do this because they are trying to figure out where the wind/draft is coming from so they can smell if someone is coming.
But they could also just be excited.

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Your dog may just be trying to get attention or trying to play. Play with him/her! :)

~ S&K

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They have to go to the bathroom

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Dogs chase their tails

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i agree with apophis: dogs are ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Does your dog have fleas?

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Probably chasing their tail

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Chasinf his tail

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maybe it thinks something is chasing it *its tail* so it spins in circles to catch it

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its probably just playing. if ur talking about it does it before it lies down, all dogs do that. its inheireted from wild dogs. they would walk in circles to pat the grass down before they lied down

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I think you've got a case of the tail chasings :)

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Every dog our family has ever had has done this just before he laid down. Never thought to question it, it's just what they do. As my vet once said to me, 'ask the dog'.

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every dog does that theres a myth that says dogs spin around themselves to stay safe and clean but im not sure if its true :)
dont worry its no big deal

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He needs more exercise and needs to get out more

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The same reason as digging: The dog is bored and chasing his tail for something to do. Give him fun stuff like balls and chew toys to stop the tail-chasing. If you have children at least 7+ years old, let them play with the dog. If the dog wants to do something and it is safe to do it with it, let the dog do it. Introduce the dog to other dogs. If he bites his tail, I strongly reccomend Yuck!, a spray that makes things the dog chews taste bad. Please tell if this helped!

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Chasing his tail?

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For fun! Give it a try sometime.

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Whuts that?? *looks for-@ tail* ughh it's bothering me.. *looks for it to see what it is* GRR>> IM GONNA GITCHYUU!

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Your dog probably realized he/she has a wagging tail! With this exiting discovery, he/she must chase it until it's prey. Unfortunately, the poor dog does not realize he/can't get it. But that's okay, because most do this (dogs are curious). Don't worry, it's normal chase their tail!

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I have a friend that has a pit that does that and the doctor said that he has a lot of energy and thats a way he gets rid of all of it I hope that helped :D

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If it's more than just the random hyper spaz out, or the cliche chasing of the tail...This could potentially be a neurological disorder. Does s/he do it constantly? as in several times an hour etc? If so take him/her to the vet...

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dogs sometimes go around in circles b4 they lay down because they want to know if they are about to lay on anything besides the floor. laying on something can hurt your dog and possibly wound it. this is usually the case with medium and big sized dogs. the whole draft thing and trying to find a spot where they can smell people sounds like bogus

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NO. this is also wrong...I have studied this and asked many vets why dogs walk/spin in circles before lying down and it is not "to keep bad dreams away" or "find the draft/breeze" or "so they don't sit on something sharp" it us because in the wild, wolves sleep in the tall grasses and they walk in circles before lying down to flatten down the grass and make a mice comfy bed, it is an instinct that all dogs have inherited from their wolf ancestors and most dogs still do it today
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He is trying to catch his tail.

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pretty much everyone here is wrong...there could be a couple reasons for this.
1) He is bored(not sure if you mean chasing his tail but same thing either way)
2) He COULD have fleas
3) If it is before he lies down, it is because in the wild wolves will walk/spin in curled before laying down to flatten out the grass where they will be sleeping.
4) He could have OCD. Some dogs that have OCD will form patterns, like chasing their tail, barking, spinning, jumping, etc... before they do normal activities like going out yo use the bathroom, eating, drinking,etc... watch your dog and if this seems to be the case let your vet know next time you go to the vet for a visit and they nay put him on meds.

Hope I Helped!!

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Emilyviolinpuppy

he is trying to chase his tail
p.s what kind of dog is it?

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He has rare disorder.........stupidity
Choose birds or cats...but not together they make a wild hybrid!

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not really "rare" ;)
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Your dog thinks he's going to catch his tail, he obviously doesn't know he can't. There's nothing wrong with him.

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DragonGIrl5678

He's trying to chase his tail.

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trying to get out of the vortex! lol Forever-One

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chasing its tail?

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The gentle spinning actually gives the brain an almost dizzy effect - putting its brain into a relaxed state - ready to sleep.

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If your dog does it often, then he/she just enjoys it. If it's a puppy, that's just totally normal.

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DO NOT LISTEN TO THESE PEOPLE THIS COULD BE A SERIOUS HEATH ISSUE!!!!! When a dog chases it's tail constantly it COULD mean the dog is getting little exercise! Or it might have a serious health issue. Please read this, because you're dog could be unhealthy! It could have lots of anxiety and/or a disorder... http://www.petplace.com/dogs/tail-chasing-in-dogs/page1.aspx

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I currently have 2 Havenese dogs( in the past 2 Bischons and a terrier mix, all were great dogs who passed at a ripe old age). All of the dogs circled or "twirled" before they pooped. I was told by my vet that they were trying to flatten any grass and make a smooth surface to poop on. Now my youngest Havenese not only twirls when she poops but also twirls several times when she comes in to get her treat ( for pooping outside). I wonder why?? Any thoughts?

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