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Old 10-01-2008, 04:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recall reading something about this but don't recall what it means. Otto chases shadows - outside at night especially, follows people around chasing their shadow, chases his own shadow. He's been doing it for a few weeks and seems to be developing an obsession.

Is it prey drive, a crazy puppy thing or he a mental defective?
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Originally Posted By: SunCzarinaIs it prey drive, a crazy puppy thing or he a mental defective?



In Brady's case it was a puppy thing.
You all aren't encouraging it are you. its new to them
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Jenn, I think this is related to chasing a laser pointer. Some dogs will obsessively chase light reflections and moving shadows as a result.
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I don't encourage him to do it becuase he gets his big fat feet under my feet and I keep tripping over him! Mercy, I think this puppy's feet are going to be bigger than mine - they're already bigger than Morgan's feet.

The kids were playing flashlight with him for a while. This seems to be when it started, he started chasing sunbeams on the kitchen floor about the same time. He's stopped chasing the sun and the kids aren't allowed to do flashlight with him anymore.
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Originally Posted By: SunCzarinaI don't encourage him to do it becuase he gets his big fat feet under my feet and I keep tripping over him! Mercy, I think this puppy's feet are going to be bigger than mine - they're already bigger than Morgan's feet.


If it makes you feel any better we are still tripping over Brady he just loves being under or feet all the time
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These boys have got some big feet! I can't go for a walk without hearing a yelp Mom you're on my foot. Morgan can be a clutz but she's never under my feet.
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Old 10-01-2008, 09:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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there's a certain spot in the woods where we walk my dog
will growl, hackles up and bark. in the area where he does this
the only thing i can see is our shadows on a few trees.
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Siren did that when she was younger but with her it WAS prey drive. She did/will chase EVERYTHING that moves. Including, but not limited to, shadows, leaves, birds, bugs ect...

She no longer chases shadows because I didn't allow it. The going after everything that moves is also getting a LOT better. I REALLY don't like having my arm almost ripped out of the socket because a leaf blows by.
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Old 10-02-2008, 12:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Where is Miss Siren, haven't seen pictures of her adventures lately?

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Originally Posted By: BlackGSDI REALLY don't like having my arm almost ripped out of the socket because a leaf blows by.
I know that one! Very windy today and there were leaves flying everywhere. Otto wanted ALL of them but Morgan and I just kept walking. Course Morgan is all about the squirrels this time of year!
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Oh, I'm so glad I read this. My dog started doing this after "gramma" gave all the children flashlights last weekend and he's been OCD about every shadow for hours.... My sister instantly googled the action and promptly stated "you broke your puppy, he's OCD". And of course I didn't listen, but honestly did start getting concerned after this has been going on for days.
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