Some dogs become fixated on lights, reflections and shadows, especially those with high chase or prey drive. Light and shadow chasers often begin their obsession with shadows or reflections as a fun game that relieves boredom. The best way to modify this behavior is to redirect your dog onto more positive pastimes.
How Can I Stop My Dog from Light Chasing?
- Make sure your dog has plenty of exercise. Dogs that chase reflections often lack the physical outlets they need. Chasing relieves boredom and is self soothing.
- Give your dog plenty of non shiny interactive toys and feed him his meals through these toys or hide them around your home and send him on a daily treasure hunt.
- Manage his obsession by replacing reflective metal food bowls with non shiny ceramic ones.
- Walk your dog any time of the day on cloudy days and at dawn or dusk on sunny days to lessen the chance of him fixating on a shadow or reflection.
- Glass doors reflect light and replacing or covering them with opaque material can help cut down the opportunities your dog has to chase or fixate.
- Never exercise a puppy or dog with a laser light. Many dogs that are exercised this way become fixated on moving light which then transfers onto natural flickers, shadows and reflections.
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