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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Last edited at 7:09AM on 7/17/2012
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!
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!
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...
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
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.
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
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?