Monday, July 31, 2017

A dog's addiction: Laser Pointers.

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Friday evening, I was playing with my dog Loki (a 1 year old Golden Retriever) using a laser pointer, only to realize that he’s obsessed with it. He’s an active 1 year old golden retriever and wants to keep busy. I thought “spot” would be an easy way to get him some exercise. He wanted to keep going and going. After the third time, I was done for the night, but he kept pestering me. I tried to ignore him, but he was relentless. So I thought maybe he has to go out. I got up and headed for the back door. Instead, Loki stops at the desk where I keep the laser pointer and looks up at the shelf. Then back at me, then at the shelf, and so on, asking me to do the laser pointer again. I could see the obsession on his face and got a bad feeling. It’s the sort of feeling when you realize your child is headed for trouble. Because he continued to pester, I ended up gating him in the kitchen for the last half hour before I went to bed.

Then, I did a search online to find out if dogs can get addicted to “spot.” Sure enough they can. I read about dog that was so addicted he would chase, not just the laser pointer, but other lights and shadows. He was doing this constantly, trying to bite the light. This caused him to destroy, not only his teeth, but curtains and carpeting. I read that the laser pointer messes with a dogs mind because they can never catch it, creating an obsession. I could see my dog was on his way to trouble, so no more laser pointer.  

My daughter thought I was over reacting, of course, but I said to her “Listen to my years of experience. I know when something isn’t right.” She still thought once week would be okay.

Do you play “spot” with your dog? Am I overreacting?

Writing update: Still working on the edits for Lightning Shifter. I’ve also been writing the A.I. series, but I don’t play to post any further chapters of it on my blog. However, for anyone who left a comment on any of those chapters, you can get a free copy from me when it’s finished. Just let me know. 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

If it doesn't feel right, don't do it. Most dogs will stop playing minutes after you do. Never heard of a dog becoming obsessed with a laser pointer, but then they are mostly used for cats.

Pat Dilloway said...

Probably a good idea. There are plenty of other toys to play with.

Liz A. said...

I was doing that with the roommate's dog, but Buttercup (she came from the pound with that name) figured out the laser pointer was where the light originated, and she would stare at the laser pointer and not the "spot" on the floor. Game over.

I can see how a dog could get obsessed. You're right to cut your dog off.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I don't have a dog, but your post made me do some quick research. Pretty interesting actually. A few sites do warn against the dangers, so it's probably not worth it. Probably the old fishing pole or another chasing toy would make the little guy just as happy. An interesting topic!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Hi, found your blog though Liz. Never did the spot with our dog but with the cat I have. I'm waiting for the sun to go behind the mountain and so then Daisy and I get in a short walk.
If you have time stop in for a cup of coffee

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Oh! I've thought about getting a golden retriever. I may have to pick your brain as to things I will need to consider before purchasing one.

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