Friday, April 14, 2006

Never Play With A Laser Pointer!!


People use laser pointers, a kind of laser flashlight, to shine a light spot on the floor. If you move the light spot around, most dogs will chase the spot and try to pounce on it (the same effect can be produced using a flashlight). I have seen numerous dogs harmed by this game. The dogs become obsessive about chasing lights and shadows, to the point of becoming compulsive about it, running around the yard or home, not being able to relax, and causing the dog to enter into a state of almost permanent anxiety. It is not a fun game for the dog. It can permanently harm your dog. Don’t do it!

It is a lazy way of exercising your dog, and you’ll regret it later on when you see your dog frantically trying to chase shadows and lights, and not being able to stop.


Dogex99 said...

Excellent blog and thanks for the opportunity to share my thoughts here. I also love dogs and I decided to put together a website dedicated to dog training. However, I am actually trying to offer both some general tips for training your dog and some breed-specific training techniques. I believe each dog breed is slightly different and thus requires an adaptation of the standard dog training methods, to suit the breed’s behavioral patterns and genetic predispositions.

This is why I believe there is quite a bit of difference between old Danish pointer training and Thai Ridgeback dog training. Or between Valley bulldog training and Sakhalin Husky training. Each breed has its own distinct personality, and an independent breed like the husky will be different when it comes to obedience training than a bulldog or a ridgeback.

There are hundreds of dog breeds I wish to cover and I am only half way through, but I hope to turn my site in the best dog training resource on the Internet quite soon.

An excellent day to everyone reading this!

Michael R.
Webmaster – expert dog training advice at

Robert said...

Just because it may cause mental illness in dogs doesn't meant that it will cause it. There is very little to support what your say aside from the words of a few animal behavioral specialists. There are a great number of police officers who use it as a training aid with their working animal for focusing.

GROG said...

Hi, Although I appreciate the comment and concern about the potential harm, laser point chasing may do to dogs, the same could be said about using peanut butter in kongs, or having a favourite toy for the dog to chase, find or retrieve. It is all about moderation, and the owners' intuition about their dog. Just like our interactions with other people, we can tell when something we are doing is being the cause of a potential negative result with our partner or peers. We just need to pay attention and be in tune with our dog's emotional and/or anxiety state if we want a dog without major psychological problems and one who will be the pet we want to be.
ps I have never posted before, I felt I would like to share.

Sam Basso said...

Using peanut butter in a Kong does not have the same effects as using a laser. Lasers have effects that are artificial. Food won't have that effect, unless you did something strange such as starving the dog, or making the dog fight for the food with another dog. It isn't about moderation when it comes to laser pointers. Even one session can start a dog doing these neurotic behaviors, and most people cannot tell that they are doing harm. I've seen way too many cases of the harms of lasers, thus people should be warned not to use them at all.