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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. A laser light is an abnormal, unnatural stimulus that “addicts” a dog to chasing lights. 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. In the long run, it is not a fun game for the dog. It can permanently harm your dog., and you’ll hate how your dog acts once it becomes a set behavior pattern to chase lights and shadows. It’s heartbreaking. Don’t do it!
I have also heard of kids shining the laser at their friends and themselves and losing some of their eyesight. I bet this has to dogs and cats as well. Do you REALLY trust a kid, or your goofy neighbor or uncle, not to shine it in your dog’s eyes? I wouldn’t.
Sam Basso is a professional dog trainer and behaviorist, in the Phoenix/ Scottsdale metropolitan area. He’s known for being fun, kind, intelligent, and humane. Sam Basso has a unique personal touch. He has appeared on his own TV show, been a guest radio expert, gives seminars, publishes a dog related blog, does rescue volunteering, and is active in promoting animal welfare and fair dog laws.