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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-11-2011, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Watch those lasers!

Just a heads up for anyone who has a laser pointer. I never realized how problematic these things can be for people who try to play with their dogs with them . It seems like innocent fun ,and apparently some people try to "exercise" their dogs with them. No less than six different trainers reported on the IAABC forum today that they have had clients whose dogs developed OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) because of their use. Although it is more likely in high prey drive dogs like Border Collies ,it can happen with any dog. One of the vet behaviorists said it is becoming fairly common. Who'd a thought. ?

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I saw something like this on Dog Whisperer once, but instead of the laser it was the glistening sun reflection on any surface in the house, but I think it all started with grampa coming over for a visit and doing the laser thing. The poor dog was totally certifiable even putting holes in walls trying to get at the 'light' as I recall, but Cesar managed to 'cure' him of his obsession.
Another thing to be cautious of with lasers is, of course, to not let them shine into any eyes as they can do serious retinal damage.

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Exactly Trish. Starts with a laser and then glimmering or reflecting light triggers the reaction. Steve Dale, (radio host) commented too ,how frustrating it can be for cats . Athough they're not prone to OCD like dogs in this way.

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Everytime I have went to a beginner dog class here, Misty went twice, Yogi once the trainers have to educate the Boarder Collie and Jack Russell people that lasers are a no no.

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why those breeds? are they more prone or are their humans more likely to use the lasers because the dogs are more active breeds?
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Just a heads up for anyone who has a laser pointer. I never realized how problematic these things can be for people who try to play with their dogs with them . It seems like innocent fun ,and apparently some people try to "exercise" their dogs with them. No less than six different trainers reported on the IAABC forum today that they have had clients whose dogs developed OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) because of their use. Although it is more likely in high prey drive dogs like Border Collies ,it can happen with any dog. One of the vet behaviorists said it is becoming fairly common. Who'd a thought. ?
My boys tried a laser with Kodi just ONCE when he was a puppy. He got SO overstimulated that we decided, "never again"!!! Also, if you want to do performance sports with your dog, we're already at a disadvantage with little dogs having their noses naturally so close to the ground. You sure don't want to encourage nose (or eyes) to the ground behavior!


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oblivious to laser pointers

I came looking into the forum to see if other Havanese are blind to the red light. I can shine the pointer on a white wall right if front of our dogs, and they don't even track it. I'm convinced they can't see it, but show no signs of vision issues.
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I agree with you. Rosie paid no attention to the laser that the grandchildren drove the cat wild with. It was as if she didn't even see it. I took it away from the GC pretty quick though to calm down the cat.
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There was an episode on this topic on Dog Whisperer. I felt so bad for the dog. He just kept looking for the red dot





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It would be interesting

to see if follows certain bloodlines. Guess I'll contact the breeder and see if the rest of the liter has the same trait, then see if it follows either of the parents.
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