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Date Posted: 17:23:35 06/18/04 Fri
Author: Kristin
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Subject: Re: Strange Behaviors
In reply to: Brynn Longo 's message, "Strange Behaviors" on 14:31:50 06/18/04 Fri

Actually, this behavior can become a real problem. Some dogs become obsessed with light/shadows to the point that they need medication to keep them from chasing the light/shadows all day long. If I had a dog who was intent on this behavior, I would try to stop it.

Often, just a well trained "No" sign will do the trick. I wouldn't go overboard with harsh corrections for the behavior. Just a mild "No" should work over time, unless the dog is already pretty obessesed with the light/shadow. If that's the case, I'd seek a professional trainer to help him stop the chasing.

People often find this behavior amusing and will encourage it by "playing" with their dog with lasers or flashlights. Dogs love when their folks play with them, and thus this rewards the behavior, making it worse in the dog. Make sure you aren't doing this.

And, this is very common.

Good luck.


>My deaf pitbull love to chase lights and shadows. Is
>this common? Should I be concerned or try to stop the
>behavior? Comment Questions Complaints Smile!

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