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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-29-2009, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Any other dog do this?

No matter where he is, if there is a reflection of light on something he will immediately attack it, he' s done it at the gas station on the counter. At first it's kind of funny, then it gets k ind of wierd. he will do this no matter where he is like I said. Monday a watch or keys let some reflection on to the couch and oh man he wanted to tear up the couch. My parents were not thrilled to say the least, everyone else, including me were laughing.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-30-2009, 02:53 AM
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Its completely normal. He's just having fun Haven't you ever had cats or dogs chase light or lasers before? They do it all the time.


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lol well I did have one cat that did that, but haven't seen it in a dog till Sydney....so it kind of freaked me. (I'm a worry wart.)
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That might be another playful instinct and I think it's normal as I've seen some dogs and usually cats doing it. I think it would be lessen as they old and see another more interesting things to play with.

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My dog is obsessed with light reflections and flashlights and sometimes shadows. It's not a good behavior and we've been working on it. When we were in obedience class the trainer said that she may have some obsessive/compulsive issues and we should not encourage the behavior.


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AWWW thank you.
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My dog Boss does it too! He goes mad for any lights or shadows or reflections or anything to the point he will even headbutt the walls and stuff to get to them lol and now he has learnt to slam the door to make the shadow behind it move so he can chase it hehe! xx

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Scarlette has a point. It is an obsessive compulsive disorder and while it is amusing it's not healthy behavior. I would do a little research or talk to a trainer to see what you can do to curb the behavior.

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My sheltie Lynn stares at shadows and is obsessed. She is much better about it now than before. Never encourage the behavior and try to distract when the dog is chasing lights and shadows.


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This might seem funny, but as a professional I would suggest that take it seriously. If the dog is at home and doing it there, it would be fine, but think if the dog is somewhere else, it will become irritating. Similarly if there is a guest at your place with a key ring in hand that reflects light ( HE OR SHE IS SCARED OF DOGS)........just think.

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Neither of my dogs have ever chased any lights.
But I've seen many others do it.
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He only does it at my or my mom's house. But I am trying to stop it.......
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I have heard from some people that they don't like to use lasers and flashlights to play with their pets because they chase them like nuts and then they can never catch it, but they love it so...


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i feel bad doing it to them they can't catch it and i guess it is only funny to me.

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Its a form of fixation. lot of dogs (herding dogs mostly) get hooked on things like lights, rocks, sticks, balls and become obsessed. Just be careful it doesn't turn into a neurotic behavior!

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