Compulsive behavior in dogs and other problems

Compulsive behavior in dogs and other problems: If your dog constantly acts in strange and abnormal ways you need to get an extensive check up done on him because abnormal behavior could mean the dog is suffering from a physiological defect. If you have checked your dog and there doesn't seem to be anything physically wrong with him, his strange behavior could be a symptom of stress or extreme boredom. It's common to see dogs that live in pounds or animal shelters suffer from these kinds of problems since the environment they live in does not give provide all the fun and stimulating experiences they need. None the less dogs that have all the love and affection from their owners can develop these kinds of obsessive behaviors as well. Sometimes these types of problems are caused by something as simple as a baby coming into the home, and other times they are caused by a lack of motivation, of physical activity, lack of training or exercise. When the problem is caused by one of these things the solution is usually just to spend more time with the dog and to pay more attention to his needs by giving him more toys that arouse his interest. If the problem persists though, it will be necessary to talk to your veterinarian who might possibly prescribe a psychoactive medication. There are some breeds that are more likely to developing obsessive behaviors. One example of this is bull terriers who often times become obsessed with chasing their own tails. Often times, work dogs that turn into house dogs begin acting obsessively especially if they aren't able to let out their natural hunting instincts making the dog feel frustrated and bored and leading the dog to then have behavior problems. Some examples of behavior problems are chasing other animals, biting and attacking people, chasing shadows or lights, etc.

Questions and answers
Q:
My Labrador Brandy doesn't stop licking at me whenever I get home from work. She didn't used to do this before, could this behavior be compulsive?
A: It's possible your dog is being compulsive, but most likely she is just trying to show you her affection. Usually very submissive and shy dogs try to lick their owners under their chins and this is a typical gesture used by puppies to show submission to the adults of their pack; puppies also do this to make their mother regurgitate her food. Whenever you come back home from work etc, instead of patting Brandy on the head or leaning over her, get down to her level and pat her sides. There are some dominative dogs that lick their owners to show superiority. Licking could also be your dog's way of letting you know she wants more attention.

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