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.
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!