Tail Chasing: Sterotypy, And Stereotypes

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At first glance tail chasing may look like a perfectly normal component of playful behavior in canines. Problems become apparent only when they become excessive and or the dog injures itself during the particular activity. In addition, the dog cannot be distracted from the behavior, thus the tail chasing behavior is classified as a stereotypic behavior. “In animal behavior stereotypy, stereotypical or stereotyped behavior has several meanings, leading to ambiguity in the scientific literature. A stereotypy is a term for a group of phenotypic behaviors that are repetitive, morphologically identical and which possess no obvious goal or function”. (Mason 1993).This type of behavior display can be exacerbated by the animal confinement where the

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