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According to the pet adoption service Petfinder, dogs chase their tails for various reasons. Some dogs may be curious about the appendage or have a predatory instinct, while others may chase their tails just to get some exercise. Tail-chasing may also be a nervous tick that’s indicative of the dog’s anxiety. Flea infestation is another reason dogs may chase their tails. Some dogs may believe they can alleviate itchiness from flea bites by latching onto their tails. Dog owners concerned about excessive tail-chasing should discuss those concerns with their veterinarian, who may offer insight as to why the dog is chasing its tail and how to reduce that chasing in the future.