Repetitive behaviours can include:
- Tail chasing
- Staring at shadows or points of light on walls or the floor
- Compulsive licking or chewing of own body
- Constant pacing, often around the same route
- Constant barking for no apparent reason
This type of behaviour is usually a serious indication that a dog is suffering and is using the repetitive behaviour in an attempt to cope and to feel better (as the behaviour releases ‘feel-good’, addictive chemicals called endorphins).
Because these are such serious problems, you will need to see your vet and ask for a referral to a good local behaviourist as soon as possible.