Question by eskie lover: Is spinning a bad dog behavior indicative of severe psychological problems like fear and aggression?
I adopted an American Eskimo last week that was born with one eye. Whenever she is excited or about to lie down or sit, she spins around in circles. I thought she did this to see what is around her and to prevent herself from bashing into things. However, my dog walker is of the opinion that she needs intensive therapy to “overcome this negative behavior”. This dog is so sweet, non-aggressive and gets along beautifully with my other 8 year old American Eskimo. I think I should let her spin unless it gets out of hand or she makes herself sick:) And, I don’t think therapy will help stop a one-eyed dog from spinning. Is spinning really that BAD?
She is NOT chasing her tail, she simply turns around in a circle about 5 or 6 times and then lies down, or sits or welcomes me home.

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Answer by trafalgar
Does she spin because she chases her tail? My two dogs (german shepherds) loved chasing their tails (have no idea why!) when they were puppies, in effect, endless spinning. But they’ve grown into really sweet dogs.

I think the tail thing is curiosity. Something they just never can reach!!

But is your dog chasing her tail as well?

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