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(Daily Mail)   Dogs can have OCD too. *turns the lights off* Dogs can have OCD too. *does another pass, making sure they're all off* Dogs can have OCD too. *another pass* Dogs can have OCD too. *another pass*   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 112
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2010-01-21 09:24:40 AM
spacechicken170am:115 lbs. Golden Retriever,

Your dog looks like Alice Cooper.
 
2010-01-21 09:26:56 AM
My dog walks in really tight circles over and over just before she takes a shiat. She usually spins around a dozen times or so, but in her younger days she'd spin around in circles for 20 minutes, halfway between walking and squatting.
 
2010-01-21 09:29:38 AM
Evil Canadian: As the owner of a neurotic dog, I have no problem believing this at all. Mine is currently doing is regular "soothing" activity. Yes, he compulsively licks his butt. For hours at a time. It's easy to tell when he is feeling stressed or lonely by looking at his rear.

I've noticed the same thing about my girlfriend. Actually, no, I just like looking at her rear.
 
2010-01-21 09:35:00 AM
spacechicken170am 2010-01-21 09:03:01 AM

doubled99: No, they don't. They're just dogs.

However, almost all problem animals come from problem people.
If you are screwed up mentally, you quite often have a screwed up pet. Anyone who has dated chicks with multiple cats or known some asshole with pit bulls can attest to this.

You are correct, because you're more informed on the subject than the researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Massachusetts that just finished a genetic study that found the gene that is associated with obsessive compulsive disorders in humans is also found in dog DNA....(end snarkcasm)



Modern psychology is often a dubious science, and even more so when applied to pets. Pet psychologist, anyone?

I do agree with you about the crazy people crazy pets theory though. Often it can just be as simple as crazy people can't take care of themselves so they certainly can not raise a pet properly. On a seperate note, the funniest thing I've noticed is that fat people often have fat pets. Has anyone else noticed this?


Yes, absolutely. Do you think it's because they just want everything around them to be fat so as to assauge their negative feelings about themselves/
 
2010-01-21 09:36:51 AM
An amusing home would be owner and dogs all OCD'd...would watch that reality show.
 
2010-01-21 09:37:00 AM
My neighbor's dog has a well worn path around the fenceline where it briskly walks over and over and over...and over. It never stops, and it never strays from its path. And the path takes a few odd turns that I figure initially went around an object that was once on the ground.
 
2010-01-21 09:38:34 AM
pheelix: My dog walks in really tight circles over and over just before she takes a shiat. She usually spins around a dozen times or so, but in her younger days she'd spin around in circles for 20 minutes, halfway between walking and squatting.

Our pug does a figure-8 maneuver. Gotta find exactly the right spot/angle to squat. He also licks the air.

Pugs are weird dogs to begin with, though....
 
2010-01-21 09:47:01 AM
spacechicken170am: I wonder if this a golden retriver thing.

Probably. Mine is 101 lbs and does the same thing. He's also insistant that he be petted or touched ALL THE TIME! I've been told that's Golden thing as well.

No pics, sorry. I should get an imageshack account set up sometime.
 
2010-01-21 09:48:14 AM
up2nfg: An amusing home would be owner and dogs all OCD'd...would watch that reality show.

"Dog touched the table, gotta clean it"

"Human cleaned the table, gotta lick it"

Repeat for 13 episodes.
 
2010-01-21 09:54:07 AM
Mr Guy: I've noticed the same thing about my girlfriend. Actually, no, I just like looking at her rear.

So do we!
 
2010-01-21 09:54:52 AM
Gurlugon: She also kicks the grass after taking a dump, but she only started doing this after a good two/three months of being around my brother's Manchester Terrier a few years back.

That's normal dog behavior, spreading their scent around.
 
2010-01-21 09:55:50 AM
mortimer_ford: spacechicken170am:115 lbs. Golden Retriever,

Your dog looks like Alice Cooper.


img109.imageshack.us

Poof, now he's Gene Simmons.
 
2010-01-21 09:56:02 AM
Reason why both people and animals get OCD - boredom & stress.

If you have enough to do, it will detract from useless OCD stuff.

\sometimes has to go back to the garage to make sure I closed the door
\\my OCD compensates for my forgetfulness
 
2010-01-21 10:04:46 AM
Swampthing in Korea: up2nfg: An amusing home would be owner and dogs all OCD'd...would watch that reality show.

"Dog touched the table, gotta clean it"

"Human cleaned the table, gotta lick it"

Repeat for 13 episodes.


There would be a lot of spinning, licking, rubbing and stuff happening with water...altho you're right it'd probably repeat forevah.
 
2010-01-21 10:10:39 AM
Egalitarian: Reason why both people and animals get OCD - boredom & stress.

If you have enough to do, it will detract from useless OCD stuff.

\sometimes has to go back to the garage to make sure I closed the door
\\my OCD compensates for my forgetfulness


Absolutely not true.

OCD is the result of a chemical balance in the brain. Regardless of whether you are doing something or not, it is always THERE.

You can be doing things, and still be going through an awful OCD spike.

Now, under OCD, the brain cannot "turn off" and is always active, but anything can trigger an OCD phase.
 
2010-01-21 10:14:04 AM
cheshirecatsmileyface: on a side note---anyone moved their dog to a new house? how long before the dog got used to it?

Yup. Our Jack Russell/Italian Greyhound mix (we call him a Jiggy) took a few weeks to get used to our new house. He seemed to gravitate towards whatever smelled like our old place, so for about a week he would hang out in our walk-in closet, and very often would curl up in a laundry basket full of our clothes. But now he acts like it's his name on the deed, so I'd say he got comfortable. :)
 
2010-01-21 10:19:24 AM
cwheelie: Mr Guy: I've noticed the same thing about my girlfriend. Actually, no, I just like looking at her rear.

So do we!


Unfortunately, I know. Dating a hot bartender is rough.

//It's supposed to make me feel better that she gets big tips, and then comes home with me at the end of the night
//Does, some nights
 
2010-01-21 10:23:26 AM
spacechicken170am: I wonder if this a golden retriver thing.

My golden does the same thing. He's the only dog that I know that will actually curl his paw around your hand/arm like he's holding it.
 
2010-01-21 10:25:11 AM
My 120lb German Shepherd Dog has over 300 acres to "protect" (his opinion, not mine).

He has a complicated course he patrols. He circles the house, circles the chicken coop, looks inside the barn, goes through the woods and about 1000' up the mountain, checks the pig's paddock, returns by way of a logging road, swims across a pond, walks 1/4 mile up the driveway, then returns to the house. He gets a drink of water, takes a ten minute nap, then he repeats.

Yes, he has created a very clear trail. The trail is about 7" deep (where it isn't rock).

Every place along this trail where he has ever spotted a deer, there is a slightly shallower trail/trench that goes off the trail about 100 yards. You can estimate how many months ago he saw a deer there by how deep that off-trail trench is.

I calculate that within three years, the trail/trench will be deep enough that he can no longer get out.

Paxil, eh?
 
2010-01-21 10:41:17 AM
Our Chihuahua/Miniature Greyhound suffers from OCD. When he gets nervous he will nibble on blankets, so much so that he leaves small puddles of dog spit on the sheets. It's so bad that his middle name is "Nibbles."

Raul "Nibbles" Gosh or we like to call him "Mr. Gosh"

/He has many other nervous behaviors but that's really the worst
//Gosh hates the rain.
 
2010-01-21 10:43:56 AM
I have CDO - I know most people call it OCD, but I like to make sure all the letters are in order...
 
2010-01-21 10:47:46 AM
Dangl1ng:

his middle name


The fact the he has one concerns me the most.
 
2010-01-21 10:49:43 AM
i283.photobucket.com

//in the interest of equal time
 
2010-01-21 10:49:55 AM
*that
 
2010-01-21 10:50:22 AM
bamf75: JasonOfOrillia: you mean like turning around three times before sitting down?

this is a bedding instinct that is hardwired into their brain.

I often use this exact example when my girlfriend asks me why I did something.


My dog is not content with this procedure, he has added "paw the ground 3X between each turn".

Its: Turn, paw. paw, paw, Turn, paw, paw, paw, Turn, paw, paw, paw, lay down in a pile of wool torn up from the $2,500 antique rug
 
2010-01-21 10:56:35 AM
My buddy had a German Shepard that had OCD. it would spend HOURS not moving staring at corners of walls and also running around trees and planters so much that he would wear away any ground cover that was around whatever he was running around. you would go to their house and around trees and planters (my friend's dad was LOADED)all had 5 foot diameter rings worn around them.

Sadly one fourth of July Sergent got really spooked and bolted through the electric fence and continued to run. two days later he was found dead two towns over.
 
2010-01-21 10:59:53 AM
4.bp.blogspot.com

Don't call it that.
 
2010-01-21 11:00:07 AM
wejash: My Belgian Terv must touch the doorknob at night before coming to bed.

That is all.


Mine has to constantly poke my knee when he runs next to me in the bike.

I wonder how many Farkers have Tervs..............

Going to Texahoma?
 
2010-01-21 11:16:32 AM
reddot: wejash: My Belgian Terv must touch the doorknob at night before coming to bed.

That is all.

Mine has to constantly poke my knee when he runs next to me in the bike.

I wonder how many Farkers have Tervs..............

Going to Texahoma?



I want a Terv. My GSD lost his best pal (a Briard) last year (canine oral melanoma) and I'm 98% convinced a Belgian is the best replacement.

Do you Terv owners train your dogs? To what degree? (basics, schutzhund, s&r?) My GSD is (as was the Briard) did schutz training in a former life and it made for incredibly well behaved dogs that seem to 'just know what to do' like they're psychic or something.
 
2010-01-21 11:17:11 AM
Giblet: My 120lb German Shepherd Dog has over 300 acres to "protect" (his opinion, not mine).

He has a complicated course he patrols. He circles the house, circles the chicken coop, looks inside the barn, goes through the woods and about 1000' up the mountain, checks the pig's paddock, returns by way of a logging road, swims across a pond, walks 1/4 mile up the driveway, then returns to the house. He gets a drink of water, takes a ten minute nap, then he repeats.

Yes, he has created a very clear trail. The trail is about 7" deep (where it isn't rock).

Every place along this trail where he has ever spotted a deer, there is a slightly shallower trail/trench that goes off the trail about 100 yards. You can estimate how many months ago he saw a deer there by how deep that off-trail trench is.

I calculate that within three years, the trail/trench will be deep enough that he can no longer get out.

Paxil, eh?


Hey, they are a working breed. He found his job and takes it seriously. Better that then chasing his tail or licking its ass all day long.
 
2010-01-21 11:18:11 AM
I'd be more surprised to learn there was dogs out there that weren't OCD.
 
2010-01-21 11:24:44 AM
Cimbri, our female Rotty, is the nervous/OCD one. She starts to panic and pace when we're off whatever she perceives our schedule to be. What my wife and I call might call a rut is apparently exactly what Cimbri finds comforting. Shortly after dinner she tries to herd us to showers and bed at the appropriate times, and FREAKS out when we do not cooperate. ... She's our sweet girl.

Vandal, the younger male Rotty, seems to take life as it comes. He provides an interesting balance to the female. I contemplated naming him the Dude when we got him, and now I know that name would have fit perfectly. ... But we went with the Germanic tribe theme and stuck with it.
 
2010-01-21 11:28:25 AM
Egalitarian: Reason why both people and animals get OCD - boredom & stress.

If you have enough to do, it will detract from useless OCD stuff.

\sometimes has to go back to the garage to make sure I closed the door
\\my OCD compensates for my forgetfulness


Usually I just lurk but this just has to be called out. That is NOT OCD. True OCD (the mental illness) is something you don't want to do, know it makes no sense to do but if you don't do it you get so anxious you can't stand yourself and distraction doesn't work with OCD the thought of doing your ritual will NOT go away until you do it no matter what else is going on. OCD is like having a song stuck in your head times 100.
 
2010-01-21 11:35:18 AM
my dad's cuban, and anytime we mention something about weird dog behaviors (i have three, brother one, mom one, he replies "mas tarde o mas temprano, el animal se parece a su amo." that is, "sooner or later, the the animal becomes like his owner." which, i think is true. boyfriend's mom? ocd. vacuums daily, paces and cleans. boyfriend's mom's dog? paces. compulsively. ocd?

my dogs are cuddly, paranoid, and like to sleep all day. exactly.

//what, you were expecting the dog to vacuum? he's a quadriped with no thumbs!
 
2010-01-21 11:38:23 AM
Here are my two numbskulls, along with my oldest daughter and my mother making a snowman the Christmas before last.

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Both Brooks (the red one) and Murphy are wondering how they were going to get the potatoes being used for eyes. Murphy managed to get them down and brought the into the house later that day.

But then, he routinely jumps into the air and snatches birds out of the air that had the misfortune of flying in too low. Potatoes frozen in the snow were child's play.

/Grandma would kill me if she knew I was posting her ass on the internet
 
2010-01-21 11:49:49 AM
apt311: The fact the he has one concerns me the most.

I believe he has a military rank too.
A previous dog of ours was a pocket Chihuahua that someone had abandoned at the dog park. Sweet little thing she is. We fostered her until we could get her adopted by another family.

Princess Anita Boliva Pixel.

/Or Ms.Pixel
//Sense a theme here?
 
2010-01-21 11:57:50 AM
I had a Collie/Lab mix that had a vendetta against bees. There was an old stump with a few wasp nests in it, and she would stand there for hours and snap at them as they came out of the nest. Once in a while one would sting her, and she would roll around in the yard for a few minutes whining and then get up and do it again.
 
2010-01-21 12:05:21 PM
Oh, and one of my old dogs was a Cocker spaniel. While she didn't have OCD, she did have a couple other issues. Drinking problem and an eating disorder.

Dog got fatter and fatter until she looked like a propane tank with toothpicks for legs (my parents wouldn't stop feeding her). And when we would have a bonfire, she would go around knocking over any beer left on the ground by the leg of someone's lawn chair and lap it out as it poured out.

One time, she managed to down three or four of them before anyone noticed, and she fell into the wood pile and started snoring. Good times.
 
2010-01-21 12:08:42 PM
My dog has OCD. She never gets tired.
 
2010-01-21 12:14:53 PM
It's easy to humanize canine behavior, and I probably do it as well. Although some dogs may have OCD, I think what appears as OCD to us may really be instinctual behavior.

For example, a never ending fascination with tennis balls isn't automatically an indicator of OCD. Think about it. Dogs used to have jobs, like herding or hunting, and they would do it for hours at a time. Now, most just sit around the house all day with little to focus on. Tennis ball games have become their 'job' and yes, they want to do it forever, because dogs that's what they were trained to do - to focus and repeat those actions over and over. It doesn't mean they are OCD. We humans have bred dogs to cater to our needs, doing our best to expand on some characteristics while we try to gimp others. Because of this many dogs have unexpected and odd behaviors, it is what happens when you mess with evolution. But it doesn't mean they are OCD.

I highly recommend Dr. Temple Grandin's "Animals in Translation" to those who are interested in animal (or just canine) behavior. It's a great book.
 
2010-01-21 12:20:12 PM
cheshirecatsmileyface: If my dog didn't have OCD before, I'm pretty sure he does now...and I think it was induced by the trauma of moving to a new house this weekend. He's obsessed with going outside. He doesn't want to stay out...he just wants to wander onto the porch, into the yard and then back. And he wants you to stand by the door, freezing your ass off, while he does it.
but that face is hard to say no too....
on a side note---anyone moved their dog to a new house? how long before the dog got used to it?


You just do whatever that dog wants you to. That is all.
 
2010-01-21 12:44:21 PM
thisdaydreamer: Are you sure the stove burners are turned off? And that the burglar alarm is turned on? And that you counted all of the ceiling tiles?

That squeaking noise is me grinding my teeth...
 
2010-01-21 12:44:46 PM
Our mini-pom goes nuts for her tennis ball. Won't be fooled into chasing any of those sub-standard balls that the other mutt doesn't mind. Her lip will actually quiver with excitement if she hears the word "ball".
 
2010-01-21 01:08:12 PM
farm3.static.flickr.com
Best dog evar.
 
2010-01-21 01:19:57 PM
My Jack Russel, Rebel, takes each piece of food out of his bowl, walks with it across the kitchen, puts it in on the floor, looks at it, then eats it. He won't eat dog food from any dish but his own, people food is pretty much fair game, but again, he always takes it away from where it's given to him, puts it down, inspects and eats. photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net
 
2010-01-21 01:20:51 PM
Shadowknight

Cool dogs! Plus, your mom is hawt!

My father told me about a dog that the neighbors had when he was growing up. One day the dog was chewing on a lamp wire, got zapped, and ever since then he couldn't make a right turn. The dog had to turn left three times in order to turn right. The dog's name was "Rufus," so after he got zapped they called him "Rufus the Goofus."
 
2010-01-21 01:25:20 PM
Shadowknight:


Nice little ranch. Cute dogs.

Good on ya.
 
2010-01-21 01:29:37 PM
Giblet: My 120lb German Shepherd Dog has over 300 acres to "protect" (his opinion, not mine).

He has a complicated course he patrols. He circles the house, circles the chicken coop, looks inside the barn, goes through the woods and about 1000' up the mountain, checks the pig's paddock, returns by way of a logging road, swims across a pond, walks 1/4 mile up the driveway, then returns to the house. He gets a drink of water, takes a ten minute nap, then he repeats.


GOOD BOY! Thats how its supposed to done. Perfect dog.
 
2010-01-21 01:38:16 PM
OtitisMEDIA: Cimbri, our female Rotty, is the nervous/OCD one. She starts to panic and pace when we're off whatever she perceives our schedule to be. What my wife and I call might call a rut is apparently exactly what Cimbri finds comforting. Shortly after dinner she tries to herd us to showers and bed at the appropriate times, and FREAKS out when we do not cooperate. ... She's our sweet girl.

Vandal, the younger male Rotty, seems to take life as it comes. He provides an interesting balance to the female. I contemplated naming him the Dude when we got him, and now I know that name would have fit perfectly. ... But we went with the Germanic tribe theme and stuck with it.


While that is sweet and endearing it makes life difficult. Poor little girl is to smart for her own good. I love rotties. They are super smart. To the point of being neurotic.

You could try to give her a new job but she'd probably balk it and continue her old one of herd master. Or take it and keep the old one too.
 
2010-01-21 02:04:21 PM
OtitisMEDIA: Cimbri, our female Rotty, is the nervous/OCD one. She starts to panic and pace when we're off whatever she perceives our schedule to be. What my wife and I call might call a rut is apparently exactly what Cimbri finds comforting. Shortly after dinner she tries to herd us to showers and bed at the appropriate times, and FREAKS out when we do not cooperate. ... She's our sweet girl.

That's not OCD, that's austism.
 
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