This condition has been seen in Labrador Retrievers, Pointers, Setters,
Foxhounds, and Beagles. The dogs will hold their tails
totally limp or out away from their body three to four inches, then hanging
limply. Most often this occurs after a strenuous day of hunting or
swimming-especially if the water is cold.
Dogs may act as if the tail is painful. It appears to be a sprain or strain
of the tail muscles and nerves after working much harder than usual.
The word “compulsive” describes the repetitive, irresistible urge to perform a behavior. A dog who displays compulsive behavior repeatedly performs one or more behaviors over and over, to the extent that it interferes with his normal life. The behavior he’s doing doesn’t seem to have any purpose, but he’s compelled to do it anyway. Some dogs will spend almost all their waking hours engaging in repetitive behaviors. They might lose weight, suffer from exhaustion and even physically injure themselves...