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Old 11-14-2012, 04:18 PM
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Questioning what this means/why they do this.

When I go downstairs (the dogs go downstairs first) Lincoln and Charlie start running in circles. Is this some neurotic thing... or are they just impatient I'm much slower going down the stairs then they. Once I get down the stairs they run to the door to be let out to potty.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:47 PM
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Every dog I've ever known pretty much has done with when excited/waiting for something. It's sometimes associated with certain breeds (pugs, american eskimos, etc.) but I've seen most breeds do it.

They do it when we're heading to the back dog, my old dog did it if he thought he was getting food or someone was coming up the drive, day care dogs did it before meals or when they saw mom or dad, or when they came in before they got into the run. Maybe slightly neurotic but it's not like an OCD behavior I'd worry about, just an excited thing.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:10 PM
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A few of our dogs spin when excited, too. As long as it's semi controlled and the dog isn't doing it all the time, I don't have an issue with it.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:19 PM
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Schaffer does that when I'm filling his food dish.
I think the behavior is rather similar to a person clicking a pen excessively when they're feeling excited.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:25 PM
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When Saxon is super excited and just needs to get it out he chases his tail. He eventually sits down so he can catch it in his teeth and then he does the flea bites on his tail. He's a dork. I do sometimes interrupt the behavior, though, because I don't want it to become a compulsion. My aunt's dog, a Bull Terrier, chases her tail so often that it has become a compulsion. Her feet are swollen and cracked from all of the spinning.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:38 PM
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Yeah, not spinning... just trotting around in a circle. I'll video tape it.
I wanted to teach them spin, but worried if it's something neurotic I don't want it to fall to a "I'm excited so I'll spin" mode.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:07 PM
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Yeah, not spinning... just trotting around in a circle. I'll video tape it.
I wanted to teach them spin, but worried if it's something neurotic I don't want it to fall to a "I'm excited so I'll spin" mode.
Like zoomies? How big and how fast are the circles?
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:31 PM
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Mia spins when she's excited. Summer does counter-clockwise circles. When she's excited mainly, or before and after she goes potty. Summer loves lapping the couch and I can almost always rile her up into going in circles around the couch. In agility when the instructor is talking to me, she will do laps around us the entire time.

Summer is slightly neurotic though. But not in a bad, crazy way. She just is a little bit odd and obsessive.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:32 PM
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In the mornings when it is time to go out and feed my horse, all I have to say is "Let's go feed the horsey" and Remmy spins in circles all the way to the back door. It is the only time he does it and my sister's dog, Mikey does it too when he gets excited. I have never made it a command like I did with Susie. She will spin when I ask her too and it started out the same way, heading out the door in the morning.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:57 PM
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http://youtu.be/83XbfUSjtIY

Here is what Remmy does.
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