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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD behaviors are a sign of anxiety or neurosis in a dog.  Behaviors that a dog does without an obvious trigger, which he also cannot stop once started are labelled as obsessive compulsive.  OCD behaviors are more common in dogs that have spent a long time in a confined space like a shelter.  Examples of these behaviors:

  • Tail chasing
  • Snapping at “flies” in the air
  • Licking one spot on the ground or the body
  • Running in circles
  • Side sucking
  • Pacing
  • Repetitive barking with no obvious triggers