Do your pets have any habits? Chasing their tails, darting after shadows, etc..? Sometimes habits are harmless. Sometimes they can be easily fixed by getting the dog's attention and redirecting to something else. Sometimes what appears to be a nervous habit might actually be a medical issue. Some pets might have a serious compulsive disorder. Depending on the severity of the behavior, pet parents should consult with their vet or a vet behaviorist to rule out pain, allergies, stress, epilepsy, gastric issues, or some other condition. Then investigate the possibility of a compulsive disorder.
Watch for the dog's "tell" -
try and figure out what the pet does right before engaging in the compulsive behavior. And try to positively redirect her at that point (give a kong, toss a
toy, etc..) .. try to get to pet before he/she practices the behavior
Keep pets occupied with food puzzles, scent games, etc..
To the greatest extent possible, control the environment in order to reduce the concerning behavior i.e. : - If the dog spins whenever he goes to the dog park, don't go to the dog park - If the dog chews her foot whenever visitors arrive, stop having visitors for a while
A pet who is causing injury to him/herself might need some type of medical collar