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Question about laser pointer

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When Eva was smaller I played with her with the laser pointer. No biggie Now I cant even go near where the laser pointer is located and she gets overly excited she goes around in circles. Then when I put it up she still looks for it. Should I stop getting the laser out? Does anyone else play with a laser pointer with their dog? If so do they act like her?

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Playing with a laser pointer is dangerous both physically and "mentally", I believe.

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yeah that is what I thought at first too but I talked to a few trainers around my area and they said it would be fine just to wear her down before i go to work
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https://www.dobermantalk.com/doberman...r-pointer.html

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ok i will check them out thank you
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I never knew they could get OCD from a laser pointer i am going to take it away for good
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I know dogs that would look for any light after being mess with laser pointers. Watches were a big one. It can be a real problem.
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This is one of my worst nightmares as someone who specialises in behaviour modification. I worked for a good six months last year with a Springer with severe OCD made worse by a laser pointer. He ate through walls when light reflected on them.

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I attended a seminar at the national some years ago with Alice Moon Fanelli. She is a behaviourist that has done a lot of research on OCD behaviours in dogs. The footage that she showed of dogs that are obsessed with laser pointers, or moving light/reflections from other objects was pretty sad. Some of the dogs have to be medicated. Some absolutely do not have normal lives. After attending that seminar, I sure wouldn't be interested in encouraging a potential problem like that.

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I attended a seminar at the national some years ago with Alice Moon Fanelli. She is a behaviourist that has done a lot of research on OCD behaviours in dogs. The footage that she showed of dogs that are obsessed with laser pointers, or moving light/reflections from other objects was pretty sad. Some of the dogs have to be medicated. Some absolutely do not have normal lives. After attending that seminar, I sure wouldn't be interested in encouraging a potential problem like that.
I have an adopted shelter cat here who was obviously exposed to a laser pointer by some former owner.

The boy ain't right.

He dives headfirst into walls, if a flash of light from outside comes thru my curtains.

He reacts to headlights coming up the drive.

I had to take down some suncatcher and prism/crystal decorations I had hanging in my kitchen windows, because he was going absolutely mental over them.

Laser pointers aren't the only ill-advised or downright unsafe pet product that needs to be pulled from the shelves, but they are a biggie.




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thank you all who responded I didn't really intend on her to play with it I got it for my cat and then Eva started playing with it and I will admit it was cute at first but now I see I caused a big problem I just hope she can forget about the laser pointer now I am not going to get it back out for sure
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You may want to gently forward this information to the "trainers" who suggested or approved it. Just food for thought.

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yea I already called him today he said some have problems with it and some don't and I asked him why he didn't mention that there was a possibility that she could get OCD and he didn't really give me an answer I just hate when people don't inform you of the possibilities that products can cause either way I just hope she gets better and forgets about the laser thanks to all of you again
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I saw first hand what a laser pointer can do with a dog. My friend adopted a Shar Pei x Lab, a really nice friendly quiet dog that would spend hours chasing lights and shadows. We were watching TV and he just could not settle down when the shadows changed. He was getting better when one day she turned on a flash-light to see if the batteries were dead and he started it again. She has had him about five years and he is mostly over it now. (She did check with the rescue where she got him and found out the previous owners had used a Laser with him)
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I just wonder if she will ever forget about it beings she has been playing with it for a while now I cant even go to where the laser WAS located she gets overly excited I just hope she gets better about it

quote also goes for pit bulls if you don't love them leave them alone !!!!

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high powered laser pointer is very dangerous to human and dogs.

Low powered 1mW or 5mW red laser pointer might be a nice choice if you really need a laser. Do be cautious with lasers.
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