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Abnormal Behaviors Aren't Always Psychological
« on: November 18, 2017, 12:09:24 PM »
Abnormal Behaviors Aren't Always Psychological: Compulsive behaviors can be caused by medical issues.



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As veterinary behaviorists we commonly see dogs exhibiting bizarre repetitive behaviors. Examples of repetitive behaviors seen in dogs include flank sucking, fly biting, light chasing, spinning, tail chasing, hind end checking, self-licking, and licking of objects or surfaces. These behaviors may be caused by compulsive disorders, which are described as repetitive, ritualistic behaviors that are performed excessively and interfere with normal daily activities.1 Compulsive behaviors are often initially associated with situations that cause conflict or frustration and are later displayed in other situations when the dog is agitated or excited.2 They can occupy a large percentage of a dog’s day and negatively impact the quality of life.


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Re: Abnormal Behaviors Aren't Always Psychological
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2017, 03:13:57 PM »
I know someone that has a dog that shows a lot of the behavior described above.  The person has taken the dog to the vet many times.  Well, you can imagine how well THAT goes... 
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Re: Abnormal Behaviors Aren't Always Psychological
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2017, 05:32:04 PM »
They might want to have that gut test done, or just get it some poop capsules from the place.
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Re: Abnormal Behaviors Aren't Always Psychological
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2017, 06:45:50 PM »
I think a lot of stems from diet.  I know a family who feeds their dogs the crappiest food on the shelf.  All their dogs (one after the other, never more than one at a time) have been severely neurotic in one way or another.  Of course the dogs are not properly exercised either. But their diet is terrible.

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