OCD is known to be Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors that occur in dogs, although not regularly. Dogs who show compulsive behavior repeatedly perform one or more behaviors over and over, to the extent that it interferes with the normal life. Dogs show this type of behaviors not for any purpose, but they are compelled to do it anyway. These psychological disorders characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive action, such as checking, hoarding, counting, or cleaning.
How to identify OCD in dogs
- Normal dogs play well with others who will accept & play games with people he/she know, but an obsessive dog will take this game too much seriously. Their style will be full of a different level of intensity. You will notice a glaze from eyes: the pupils will be fixated.
- Another thing you may notice is a compulsive way of barking. When your dog is going though OCD, he/she will show a completely different type of barking which is full of aggression & rage.
- If your dog is spinning in place and isn’t distracted when doing so, then it’s a sign of OCD.
- Another way to identify OCD is pica, and you may notice that pica induces a dog to obsessively eat and swallow small objects such as acorns, stones, and twigs, while others ingest the big amount of paper and leather. When a dog becomes obsessive on these type of objects, they will be intense on eating it.
How to take care of OCD
- To overcome the OCD, you should take your dog for regular exercise, this way your dog will become tired & less likely to be obsessive which will also relieve the stress of your dog.
- Many times, owners think that obsessive behaviors are funny or cute, & they enjoy and reinforce it, but the problem is that it triggers the problem deliberately, without being aware of the harm they may create. Dog owners need to be aware of this.
- The most useful & effective way to overcome OCD is to, distract and redirect dog’s attention. Whenever you see that your dog is engaging in the compulsive behavior, distract him/her. Give your dog food or toys.
Matthew Frank was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He was a reputed author of Pet Therapy Dogs and Pet Dog Cat.
Matthew is a regular author of this blog who is studying Veterinary medicine at Purdue University.