One day, while working at a doggie day care, I noticed a dog chasing shadows and staring down at the ground for what seemed like an eternity. The dog was fixated on the shadows on the block wall and movements on the ground. At times he would play with other dogs but he spent most of his time staring at the ground or wall. It was very sad to see. It was difficult to get this dog to interact with other dogs or people once he was fixated on the shadows and reflective sun.
Why was he acting this way? When the owner came to pick up the dog I asked a few questions and discovered that they played with a laser light. This definitely would explain the dog’s behavior. I have witnessed other dogs with the same behaviors and when I asked the owners if they played with their dog with a laser light each time the answer was “yes.”
It ‘s so cute to watch your puppy or dog chase the light and you may think your dog is having fun but after a while you will notice your dog chase light reflections from the windows of your home, or be fixated on your shadow when you take him for a walk, or stare at the ground as if he was waiting for some kind of movement. This behavior is no longer funny, cute or entertaining. Your dog may be suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and will need some intervention to cure his behavior.
- Quit playing with the laser light right away
- Talk to your Veterinarian about Obsessive Behaviors
- Find a dog psychologist or trainer who can help you understand Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the behavioral modifications that will cure your dog
- Whenever you start a game check your dog’s behaviors and ask your self if this game seems to make the dog behavior strange or unstable
- Do your research and find games that are safe and fun for your dog
- If you hire a dog trainer ask her or him what games are good for dogs
- Don’t risk feeling guilty because you caused something detrimental to happen to your best friend.