I didn't notice the date at first either but thought it odd that Merico would post this after posting about Stryder being hurt. In the past my dogs couldn't have cared less about the laser pointer so I have never tried it with the minis. As for ocd, my friend has a CRAZY dog who just goes nuts for hours chasing shadows and anything else that flashes light. And since she was a rescue they have no idea how this behavior got started.
Eeeekk I know this is an old post but PLEASE dont use laser lights with your dogs. They do cause OCD and its not good.
Springers come into rescue everyday because the owners cant handle them and their OCD from laser lights.
To the Editor;
Just recently I went into a local pet store and saw a prominent display of laser lights as toys for dogs. iPods also has a laser beam dog toy called the iBeam. I volunteer for New England Springer Rescue, Inc. (www.essrecue.org) and over the years we have had several dogs relinquished due to obsessions with lights that resulted in destructive behavior (both to property and to the dogs themselves). It turns out that this obsession started when their owners began playing with laser lights. I know there are a lot of good pet owners out there that may not be aware of the potential problems with these toys so I would like to share what some experts say about laser lights as toys for pets.
Kathy Diamond, author of Therapy Dogs: Training Your Dog to Reach Others, said in a recent article in VeterinaryPartner.com, “Laser lights and flashlight games need special mention. Don’t! These games commonly lead to obsessive behaviors. A laser light can also damage a dog’s eyes. When an obsession with light-chasing becomes full-blown, the dog may require lifelong medication to control ceaseless searching for any beam of light or shadow to follow.”
In the Jack Russell Terrier Club’s Forum section, a question on the use of laser beams or flashlights received the following response: “VERY rarely can a terrier fully understand that the beam of light comes from a flashlight or laser light alone, and more often than not, they begin to think they see the light when their owner isn’t even holding the mechanism that creates it. When this happens, the owner has succeeded in causing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in their dog. Can you just imagine how confusing it is to a dog that something that attracts your sense of sight is so unexpected that you can’t smell it, taste it, hear it, or otherwise sense it? The dog will begin chasing things around the house like the flash of car headlights coming through a window, or even the glint of light off a watch.”
Dr. Alice Moon-Fanelli, PhD, is a behavior geneticist and consultant on companion animal behavior at Tufts University School of veterinary Medicine. She recently told me “It is well known in the academic behavior community that some dogs at risk for developing compulsive behavior can be triggered by laser lights to become compulsive light chasers.”
There’s a great chapter on this in The Dog Who Loved Too Much” titled “Chasing Rabbits”. This book is written by Dr. Nicolas Dodman, an expert animal psychologist from Tufts University. He tells of a Bassett Hound who was given up because of the OCD caused by chasing a flashlight beam. Caroline Coile also addresses the topic in her latest book, Jack Russell Terriers Complete Owners Manual.
Please, if you need to exercise your dog, try to find a way to do it without using a flashlight or a laser beam. If you do choose to use them, you may find yourself calling up a rescue group to relinquish your loving family pet due to OCD. So think twice about purchasing one.
My gwenny (we call her goony bee jones as her nickname) is a jack russell mixed with a blue heeler and she will stop doing anything just to run around the house. she will whine if the lasers light makes lines from movin to fast and will crash into doors and pull loose objects around if the lasers on it. she will bite other animals if the lasers on them. to those people who say putting lasers in a dogs eye, i say,"No drrr!!!" were you stupid enough to do that?