Friday, April 1, 2011


OCD, abbreviation for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and in dogs referred to as Canine Compulsive Disorder (CCD) is more common that one may realize.

Certain breeds have the propensity to develop CCD, but can be found in any dog. Some of the more typical obsessive behaviors found in dogs are: tail chasing, spinning, licking, fly snapping, shadow chasing, air licking and many others.

There is a genetic predisposition to OCD/CCD, however dogs can develop CCD as a result of some of these reasons: conflict, lack of stimulation, boredom, lack of opportunities to expend energy, high arousal and having no purpose in life.

Here is an example of a dog that exhibits CCD:

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