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Old 02-17-2013, 04:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 2 year old loves to chase moving reflections on the ground from shiny objects. He will see a moving reflection on the ground from a somebody's watch, bracelet or other reflective surface, and go nuts. He chases it like a cat chasing a laser dot. When the reflection stops,he will paw at it? What can I do curb this behavior? Thanks for any suggestions!
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Redirect him with a toy as soon as he starts chasing the reflection. Teach him an alternative behavior that will not encourage the OCD behavior he's exhibiting.
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leash him and walk away from the reflection.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestions, I tried redirection with a toy, and it works most of the time. I'll have to bring the toy with me, and work on it more.
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Yes, you should work on this now before it gets worse. Be sure you never play with him with a laser light. I have heard that the laser light can be the cause of this behavior starting. Playing with a laser light will make it much, much worse. I hear that cats can play with them without problems, but I have heard of many dogs with OCD behaivors after playing with laser lights
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What "toy" are you redirecting him with??
If you have played with a laser toy in the past and/or do now, it may be near impossible to break the light chasing.
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My dog has a bit of OCD and will chase lights/shadows/reflections as well. I gave always redirected him to something else when I see him start. Now I can tell him to leave it, and he will walk away.
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