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I have heard and read of a LOT of stories bout dogs being permanently affected by those laser toys - chasing lights and shadows, even going through a window to chase a car going by the house with the sunlight reflecting off the car windows! Not just GSDs, either, other breeds too.

It triggers something in their brain that short-circuits the chase-catch-kill prey drive instinct, so that they can't properly shut it down. Some dogs seem fine with it, but others may become light chasers after only one play session. I'm glad that I have heard of these warnings, I have never used the laser lights, and will stay away from them.

Interestingly, they don't seem to affect cats the same. Not that I have heard of, anyways.
 

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Agree with AgileGSD. Neither of my dogs have ever shown an OCD type behaviour over anything, but I'd rather not risk it. Once triggered, it is not something that can be fixed easily.

I was reading about a Rottweiler on another board. He was adopted from a rescue, the dog had an unknown history. In his new home, he immediatly started to focus on the chandelier, literaly trying to climb furniture and trying to climb the walls to get to the chandelier, to the point of injuring himself. When not crated, the dog could NOT be distracted from the chandelier for anything! It
was like his brain just wasn't working. The dog had to be returned. I always wondered if the dog got like that because the previous owners used a laser light to play with him, then when the OCD started, they got rid of him.
 
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