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My Dog chases shadows all day and nite. He snaps at the shadows and tries to bite them?

He is 21 months old, Husky cross flat coated retriver. People say he is mad. I am worried.

Asked By: V K T - 11/24/2007
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Your dog could have compulsive behavior. Compulsive behaviors are repetitive sequences of behavior that are fairly consistent in their presentation. They do not appear to serve any obvious purpose, although some argue that they function to reduce a dog's stress level... More
Answered By: Julie S - 11/24/2007
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I think he is normal and it's great that he can entertain himself!! I wouldn't worry to much about it!! My dog chases her tail!!
Answered By: Sarah H - 11/24/2007
 
There shouldn't be anything wrong with him, I have a Doberman and she chases the light from flashlights and tries to bite at it. He's still a puppy so he's probably just playing. If you think it's an aggressive act, then get close to him while he is doing this, if he tries to snap at you then you should take him to the... More
Answered By: Ashley . - 11/24/2007
 
I wouldn't allow him to do this. It's very unhealthy. It's a compulsive behavior. Discourage and teach him an alternative behavior such as sit or down and to focus on you.
Answered By: yeehaneeha - 11/24/2007
 
Your dog is exhibiting signs of obsessive compulsive behavior. It is not natural, and it's not healthy. I would suspect that your dog gets very little exercise and as a result is frustrated and full of energy. Both breeds are high energy dogs that are used to having a job to do. Yours most likely gets a little... More
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Answered By: gallianomom2001 - 11/24/2007
 
Aww! I think thats cute! And its perfectly normal. Even though my dog doesn't do that, he likes to chase flying bugs, like a fly! Haha.
Answered By: stephi_rocks888 - 11/24/2007
 
That's an OCD. You may want to talk to your Vet about that and have the vet's office prescribe something - even seeing a veterinary behaviorist, if you can find one, would be great. There are some dogs who will do this until they collapse and harm themselves... More
Answered By: Misa M - 11/24/2007
 
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