Here's a really interesting article. Study: Dogs Also Suffer From Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. If you want to read all the crazy science mumbojumbo, click here to see the study which was published in Molecular Psychiatry. Below are some interesting highlights:
"Scientists have identified a gene in Dobermans that makes the dog suseptible to obsessive compulsive disorder." While this may not be big news for some (many of us have been aware for some time about our dogs' Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - aka "OCD"), it is interesting to note that they are finding this to be a physiological disorder.
"Scientists found that dogs with the OCD gene maniacally chase their tails, lick different body parts or blankets." These are the most common things you would see, but you could also list fly-catching, biting at the air, digging, flank-sucking and barking in that list (among many other behaviours). The list could go on and on if you really went searching.
"Dr. Nicholas Dodman ... said the gene is the same in humans as it is in dogs." Here's the next link ... now they will begin to look at how this affects humans and treatment. That bothers me a bit, but I do understand that dogs aren't as important to everyone in the world as much as they are to me. "But even if this particular finding is not directly revelent, it still gives us clues as to the pathways and processes that may be going on in humans as well as some possible targets for intervention and treatment". Let's hope that in the process of doing their research they may find ways to help dogs suffering from OCDs.