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Does a Doberman round itself to bite the tail and remove it?

Hi everyone,

I am a new dog owner and I recently got a Doberman. While playing with him, I noticed that he often tries to bite his own tail. At first, I thought it was just a playful behavior, but then I read somewhere that some dogs, including Dobermans, can actually round themselves to bite their tail and try to remove it.

I am really worried about my Doberman and I don't want him to hurt himself. I have tried distracting him with toys and treats, but he still tries to bite his tail. I am not sure if this behavior is normal or if I should be concerned.

Has anyone else experienced this behavior in their Doberman or any other dog? Is there anything I can do to stop him from doing it? Any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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Hi all,

I have seen this tail-biting behavior in my friend's Doberman. Their dog, Nala, would bite the base of her tail so vigorously that she ended up injuring herself. They took her to the vet, who said that she had an infection in the area that was causing her to itch and scratch. They prescribed medication to help clear up the infection and also recommended that they switch her food to one without any allergens that could be contributing to the problem.

In their case, the tail biting stopped once the infection cleared up and she was on her new diet. It's always important to keep an eye out for any signs of medical issues, as sometimes there can be underlying causes that need attention. So it might be a good idea to take your Doberman to the vet to rule out any medical issues.

Hope this helps!


Hi there,

I have a Doberman too and he used to bite his tail all the time. At first, I thought it was just a cute little quirk or a playful behavior, but then I noticed that he would really go after it and it became quite obsessive. I was really worried about him hurting himself or causing an infection, so I did some research.

It turns out that tail biting can be a sign of various things, including anxiety, boredom, or stress. In my case, my Doberman was just really bored and needed more stimulation. I started taking him on more walks and runs, and I even started hiding treats around the house for him to find. Once he had more things to do and more stimulation, the tail biting stopped.

Of course, every dog is different, so it's important to keep an eye on your own Doberman and assess if there might be another underlying issue. It's always better to be safe than sorry, so booking an appointment with your vet to discuss your concerns might be a good idea.

Hope this helps!


Hello everyone,

I've had several dogs in my lifetime, including a Doberman. With my Doberman, I noticed that he would bite at his tail, but it wasn't anything excessive or frequent. From my personal observation, I believe it was just an itch or something that he wanted to scratch at for a few seconds.

Sometimes, dogs will bite or gnaw at themselves because there's an underlying health issue, as some other users have mentioned. However, in my case, it was just a mild mannerism that didn't concern me too much.

I think it's essential to pay close attention to your dog and their behavior. If your Doberman's tail-biting seems excessive, that might be a reason for concern. In that case, you should take him to see a vet to rule out any medical issues that might cause him to do it.


Hi guys,

I've had a similar experience with my Doberman, but in our case, it turned out to be a behavioral issue. My dog, Zeus, would often bite his tail when he was feeling anxious or stressed. I noticed that this behavior was more evident when we had guests over or when there was a lot of activity going on around him.

To help manage his stress and anxiety levels, I started using a calming spray and diffuser in the house, which helped to create a more relaxed environment. I also started using positive reinforcement techniques to help Zeus overcome his anxiety when we had guests over. We would reward him with treats when he remained calm and didn't show any signs of anxious behavior.

Over time, the tail-biting behavior reduced significantly, and now Zeus hardly ever does it. As with all behavioral issues, it's important to remember that it takes time, patience, and consistency to see results. If you think your Doberman's tail-biting behavior might be related to anxiety or stress, then speak to a vet, trainer or behaviorist for guidance on how to manage it properly.

Hope this helps!

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