When we first got Jackson after my aunt went to hospital he chewed his tail. If I was playing with Rox he would spin in circles from excitement. We had him for just over 8 weeks when she died and in that time the behaviour was corrected and the fur on his tail was 80% grown back (it was bare when we got him).
Yesterday I noticed his tail was bare again and he kept disappearing. My Dad wasn't home for a hew hours and Dad is Jacksons alpha. Jackson is a staffy, and does have separation anxiety at times so I figured it was because Dad wasn't home. Unfortunately Dad hasn't been working so Jackson is used to him being home most of the time. If weather permits he goes with Dad in the car but yesterday was just too hot.
Today, we are all home, and he keeps disappearing. He goes outside to chase his tail. He's so engrossed in it that he doesn't hear you come out and still does it. I'm trying to monitor him and keep him in but it's hard when it's so hot and the door is open. I know I could close the door, but our air con is broken and it's 33 degrees out. Also, shutting the door won't stop the action.
He gets walked nearly every day. We play, we were before inside because it was hot. Rough housing, ball chasing, we did some training. He has plenty of toys but destroys most of them. He also has Roxie here and they've been playing too.
Why would he suddenly revert back to doing this? Nothing has changed. I think he has been doing this since before yesterday, his tail is too bare for one day. There have been no bangs since NYE, my schedule hasn't changed and mum just had surgery so she's home all the time.
I want to put a bucket on his head to stop him from getting at it but this also isn't going to fix the problem. I've never seen him actually chewing it, only chasing it.
I really don't know what to do with him. Help anyone?