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Why does my dog bite himself?

asked 2017-06-07 05:12:58 -0600

My dog seems to bite himself often. Usually on his back legs. Why would this be happening?

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answered 2017-06-07 17:04:05 -0600

It sounds like he might have irritation that he's trying to relieve - maybe flea bites/ticks/mites? dry skin? allergies?

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answered 2017-06-07 06:39:07 -0600

He could be scratching with his mouth so look for any signs of irritation or redness. Could also be nervous thing so I would first rule out any medical reason and if none are found, see if it is a nerve thing.

If it is a nervous thing, you can redirect him when he does bite his leg. say his name, have him perform a command he knows well and reward him. HE will soon understand that giving you his focus pays him more than biting his leg.

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