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.
Guarding possessions from humans or other animals is normal behavior for dogs. Wild animals who successfully protect their valuable resources—such as food, mates and living areas—are more likely to survive in the wild than those who don’t. However, we find the tendency to guard valued items undesirable in our domestic pets, especially when the behavior is directed toward people.
Resource guarding in dogs can range from relatively benign behavior, like running away with a coveted item or growling...