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Ginger has a wierd habit that I'm not sure if I should/can put a stop to. She runs in circles. At first I thought it was just small spaces, but she does it outside on our drive way with plenty of room to run. When she comes in from outside or when she is about to be fed, she runs at a gallop in a perfect oval until I have her sit and give her her dinner. My mom calls her a "mustang" granddobe because she looks like a horse in a training pen when she circles, lol. I've tried making her stop,(she doesnt have wait/stay down very well yet)and she will for a moment, but then start right back up. Should I be trying to put a stop to this? I'm sure it has a lot to do with her vestibular disorder but im not sure if its something i should be worried about...

 

Any suggestions guys?

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Usually dogs run in circles when they're bored... make sure she's getting enough exercise as well as mental stimulation, and I bet she'll stop doing that.  If you have her out in the yard, you have to get her moving, by herself she won't just go get all her energy out.

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Yes, I think it's energy built up too. I spend a few hours with Laith outside during the day but since it is getting dark outside at 5:30 he has the entire night in the apartment now instead of a final go at the Dog Park at night. Lately after dinner he will run laps back and forth through the sunroom into the dining room. Maybe it's sort of the same thing. I just get a toy, usually a ball out and stay on the floor to have a activity for him. 

I am not sure about circles though. 

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Yes I agree with Kev and Laith....help her to burn that energy off..."a tired Dobie is a Happy Dobie"..

 

 

 

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@Nupe: I love that saying. Very true.

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I saw a Dog Whisperer episode the other day where a shepherd had the problem behavior that had been ingrained for 7 years. Ceasar put a dogie backpack on him and walked him at a heel. He said the dog spins because it is built for work and is bored. In the back yard, he would start to spin even with the backpack on and Ceasar would redirect him. Of couse it will take the owners a lot of consistent redirecting to correct such a deeply ingrained behavior.