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Question is, is this a stereotypic or compulsive behavior? Which can be initiated by underlying medical problems, a complete medical work-up is always the first step
Has this dog been tested for any forms of epilepsy?
If the dog has been tested and there is no medical reason for this. Then we look at the behavior of the dog.
What I would have you do is keep a journal and write down the dog’s behavior before and after it starts spinning, pacing etc.
After a week sit down and look at what you have written down. Look for a pattern to what is going on see if there are triggers that you can now understand.
Behavioral modification is most appropriate when you can identify and predict those situations and times when compulsive behaviors are likely to arise.
What is a stereotypy?
Stereotypes are repetitive, relatively unchanging behavior patterns without obvious goal or function. They are usually derived from normal behaviors. Stereotypic behaviors may be performed as components of displacement behaviors or compulsive disorders (see below). They can also be due to physiological changes such as might occur with a neurological disorder (circling, head bobbing). Examples of behaviors which may become stereotyped include pacing and grooming.
What is a compulsive disorder?
When an animal is repeatedly placed in a state of conflict, displacement behaviors may begin to be manifested during any state of stress or arousal because of sensitization of the neural pathways controlling the behavior eventually, the pet loses control over the initiation and termination of the behavior and it may become compulsive. The compulsive behavior may then occur in situations where the pet is minimally aroused. Compulsive behaviors are often derived from normal behavior patterns but appear to be abnormal because they are excessive, exceedingly intense, or performed out of context. Although some compulsive disorders are repetitive and may therefore be referred to as stereotypic (wool sucking, pacing, tail chasing), other compulsive disorders such as freezing or staring are not truly repetitive
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