Compulsive Behaviour (dog chasing tail)

Compulsive Behaviour (dog chasing tail)

Compulsive Behaviour (dog chasing tail)

Oil on linen 2014
Approx 40x40cm

I saw this little ceramic model of a Dachshund puppy chasing it's tail. I wanted to paint it not only because it is a very charming ornament, but it also reminded me about what this behaviour might say about a dog's state of well-being. It can often indicate fleas, worms or chronic anxiety. I like that if you follow this thought, its not nearly so cute and highlights how we can infantilise pets and misinterpret behaviour.
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Compulsive Behaviour (dog chasing tail)
Oil on linen 2014
Approx 40x40cm

I saw this little ceramic model of a Dachshund puppy chasing it's tail. I wanted to paint it not only because it is a very charming ornament, but it also reminded me about what this behaviour might say about a dog's state of well-being. It can often indicate fleas, worms or chronic anxiety. I like that if you follow this thought, its not nearly so cute and highlights how we can infantilise pets and misinterpret behaviour.
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