I see from the Daily Telegraph this week that dogs can suffer from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). Do you have any thoughts on this?
Alan from Sittingbourne
Dear Alan from Sittingbourne
It seems that sum Finnish researchers (wot’z dishwasher people know about dogs?) thort that tail-chasing was due to dogs being OCD and that this woz linked to other dog mental health issues such as timidity and being frightened of loud noises (I don’t like thunder!). OCD in humans means things like checking and re-checking locks and lights and even David Beckham has it – meaning he will always miss a penalty when needed at the end of an important match – in fact the whole of the England football team appear to suffer from this!
The dog most likely to chase its own tail is the Bull Terrier – well, there’s a surprise – they are BONKERS. Other dogs do funny things because they have not been brort up properly or their mummies neglected them at birth. I of course am perfect.
Ian suggested I was a bit OCD and I sed he woz wrong – so this is the diary Ian kept on Saturday (with most of the boring bits taken out):
- 7.45am – Ozy came into the bedroom as he always does after the newspaper review and tried to jump onto the bed as he always does. Stopped from doing so – went out of bedroom as ‘Thought for the Day’ came on just in case Anne Atkins speaking.
- 8.30 – Came downstairs as guests arrive. Went to bowl to see if breakfast miraculously arrived. It had not. Went out to check on each tenant in rented cottages (does this every morning). Came back in to annoy guests.
- 8.45 – Breakfast. Followed me to utility room, watched kibble being poured out, raced ahead to wait for food. Ate within 45 seconds, licked bowl, licked bowl again, licked bowl again, searched around bowl of any missed bits, licked bowl again.
- 9.15 – licked out yoghurt carton left by guest – licked left front leg (does this with most human food) – this is particularly OCD – see video!
- 12.45 – Noise from kitchen – rush down to kitchen and stare at floor just in case something falls off counter. Does this every day.
- 13.00 – Watches humans eat.
- 15.00 – Wanders around looking for humans to take him for walk. Followed by walk.
- 19.30 – Dinner. Followed me to utility room, watched kibble being poured out, raced ahead to wait for food. Ate within 45 seconds, licked bowl, licked bowl again, licked bowl again, searched around bowl of any missed bits, licked bowl again.
- 23.00 – Up to bed. Sit by shelf in bedroom looking up at chews. Gets chew, takes to basket. Chews noisily.
- 23.30 – Lies in path between bedroom and loo in dark. Gets trodden on – seems surprised.
I think this is just a sensible routine – Ian says it’s OCD!
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