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Ever Wonder Why Your Dog Chases His Tail? We Did, Too.

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At least one time in your life you will encounter a dog going around and around trying to catch the impossible prize: His tail.

So, what gives? Well, we are part responsible for this behavior.

In a video, dog psychologist Dr. Barbara Cohl told Kasey-Dee Gardner of Discovery News that we reinforce this behavior. When a puppy first discovers this long thing connected to his backside, he may begin to chase his tail trying to catch it and investigate this strange object. We may ooh and ahh over this performance, making the dog want to do it over and again to please us.

Related: This Gadget Thinks It Can Measure Your Dog’s Emotions With the Wag of a Tail

Another reason may be lack of exercise. If a pooch needs to release pent up energy, she may entertain herself with this activity.

Check out the video to see more reasons why dogs are so into their tails.

Feature image from Flickr/Greg

By Andrea Huspeni

Andrea Huspeni is the founder and CEO of This Dog's Life. Her mission it to help dogs live a happier, healthier and longer life. When she isn't working, she spends time with her two dogs, Lola and Milo. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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