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    Default HELP! My dog attacks himself while eating!

    hey in need of a bit of insight.. vets have no idea why my dog this but when he eats he attacks his back legs and his tail! we originally thought it was the fresh meat.. but now its everything!! no matter what he eats he does this.. hopefully someone can help or point me in the right direction as to what the problem possibly is =)

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    what happens if you hand feed him ... also do you own any other animals

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    same thing happens.. and nah we dont.. we just gave him a biscuit and he just did the same thing

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    O.K. Jadey - sorry - some questions:

    1 What breed is your pup ?
    2. How old ?
    3. How long have you had this pup ?
    4. Does your pup exhibit these behaviours at any other times or only when being fed ?

    Sorry for the questions - but not enough info from your initial post !

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    O.K. Jadey - sorry - some questions:

    1 What breed is your pup ?
    2. How old ?
    3. How long have you had this pup ?
    4. Does your pup exhibit these behaviours at any other times or only when being fed ?

    Sorry for the questions - but not enough info from your initial post !

    He is a (well supposed to be) a pure bred fox terrier
    he is 15months old
    had him for just over a year
    and nah only when being fed

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    YES! exactly like that!!

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    Jadey, thank you for answering my questions. I really thought that I had broken this thread.

    Next question - has he been doing this from the time he came to your place - or is this something new ?

    As far as the breed question is concerned - I was just trying to find out more information to try and help you - not to seem like a breed snob! Fox terriers are busy pups and need to be doing stuff!

    If he is doing stuff as per the video that Nattylou put up for you - then I would suggest that you get some more help from 'a vet' who understands these things. I initially thought that it could have been something to do with pain - but if he is only doing this with eating - then I thought problems with mouth or teeth .

    Maybe - sometime in his past life (before you) or present life - someone has laughed at this behaviour - and continued to laugh - and so have reinforced the behaviour. But it may not be as simple as that - it could be neural (brain) damage.

    So if not brain damage - which can only be checked by a vet and or a properly accredited qualified behaviourist - maybe - OCD - obsessive compulsive disorder - BUT - either way, I believe this pup needs expert help for a good quality of life.

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    I think you need to see a proper behaviourist vet like Robert Holmes or someone like him.....this can really be a neural problem or behaviour problem, but needs to be seen by an experienced person. I feel sad for the dog in the Youtube video.....Very sad
    Pets are forever

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    It would be a difficult thing to live with, and they could run the risk of real self harm. If you decide to seek professional advice, you may be able to try and make the dog feel more secure whilst eating and in his routine generally. If behavioural it would seem to be a anxiousness driven behaviour.

    Another possibility is a problem with peripheral vision perhaps? So that he is perceiving something nearby but not quite making it out or defining it before responding.

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