Will It Go Round In Circles?

 

As I found out when I taught my Australian Shepherd, Gavin, the spin behavior, spinning can veer into the realm of OCD for some animals. In dogs the herding breeds seem to be particularly susceptible to repetitive behaviors like the spin. It took me 15 minutes to teach Gavin to spin and almost 2 years to get him to stop.

If you’d like some more information on OCD in dogs including what you can do to help stop it, this excellent article by Pat Miller of The Whole Dog Journal is a great place to start.