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Very random question - Dog fighting with it's own leg :S

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    Very random question - Dog fighting with it's own leg :S

    Hiya,

    Just wondering if anyone has seen this before, as I haven't - my CAV is a pretty well rounded dog, but he does have his quirks. One of them, is that he'll be lying down not doing anything in particular, when he'll suddenly kick himself in the face with his back leg (it looks almost like an involuntary twitch). He'll then start fighting with his foot as if it isn't part of his body. He'll bite at it and try to catch it, while his foot pulls out and kicks him again and again :S it really doesn't look like playing and it genuinely seems like he's fighting with something that's not part of him!



    It's not really a problem as he never hurts himself, and I always just distract him away from it with a treat or a toy which works fine. He seems to do it more when he's stressed or calming down after a big excitement like visitors coming to the house.

    Has anyone else ever seen anything like this before? Would be interesting to know if they have or if my boys just a bit special!

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    I've never heard of that before. It sounds like he has an uncontrollable tic, or muscle spasm that makes it happen. The fact that he fights with it like that is very strange. I searched the internet with Google, 'dog fighting with his own foot', and a few videos came up from the result. I have no idea what's in the videos though, as I can't view them on this computer. Seems some of those people think it's funny.

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    I must admit, it is quite amusing to watch, but only because he's not hurting himself in any way. I don't know if it's related at all, but he has slipped patella's in both knee's which can cause him to be stiff at times and occasionally causes him pain. He'll need surgery at some point in his life, when it begins to cause him problems. He also chases his tail constantly!

    Will search for the video's now, it would be good to know he's not the only one!

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    He's a Cav, right? They don't seem to be the type who have hip problems. Dogs don't really verbalize their pain so you might want to check out other behavioral changes if this only begun recently. Does he have a "wonky" walk or does he seem perfectly fine while trotting?

    If he chases his tail constantly, then he might be bored. What kind of exercises does he do? Perhaps the daily walks are no longer enough for him. Cavs are smart, I'm not surprised if he's trying to look for an activity to amuse himself.

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    Hi Haopee - He is a cav, and has been diagnosed by two different vets with a floating patella (which is basically his kneecaps slipping out of joint) and he is very vocal when he's hurt, especially if it's his legs that are sore. He will need surgery on both legs when he is older and it starts to cause him problems but I don't feel he needs it yet. He walks fine, apart from when his knees are sore.

    His tail chasing is not an issue, we've had him for a year and he's always done it - mainly when he's over excited and he did it in his foster home with the rescue we adopted him from.

    I am 100% certain the tail chasing and the foot fighting is not a boredom issue. He is walked off lead for one hour a day (he can't handle any more as after about an hour his legs start to hurt) and that tires him out completely. He has hundreds of toys that he loves to play with, including some kong type toys with treats in the middle that he loves. He's never left on his own during the week & on weekends it's no more than a couple of hours. I also do basic training with him every day, 15 minutes at a time several times a day as I know he is a very intelligent breed and needs mental stimulation as well as physical. He loves the training and again, that tires him loads.

    The foot fighting has also been something he's done since the day we got him, and his foster carers told us about it when we met him, as they noticed it too. I really think it might just be a quirk of his (I believe he came from a breeder as a pup and I don't think he was very well cared for or socialised so he's got a very funny personality).

    Alpha1 - I've had a look at some the videos on youtube and it is almost exactly the same as what he does. I've also found a lot of video's of CAVs doing it although no real info, so maybe it is just a CAV thing!

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