Digging, looking for, chasing shadows

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  1. dogsarebetter

    dogsarebetter EVIL SHELTIES!!!!

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    Yup, thats what Lynn is doing. She used to be horrible about staring at shadows. She would sit there for 15 to 20 minutes easily! Then someone told me that is not a good thing, and I need to stop her. (on chaz maybe)
    So I have interrupted the behavior and give her something else to do. She still has a shadow fetish but nothing like she used to have.

    Well, today she keeps digging on top of a shadow. I keep interrupting her, and she will go dig at another! She has had plenty of exercise today! So I dont know what her deal might be. I think I am going to end up making her stay in the bed room with me (where the computer is) for a while. away from the shadows

    Besides possible boredom, why does she do this?

    please dont tell me that I have a dog with a chemical imbalance AND another dog with OCD.
     
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    There was an episode of IMOTD about shadows and lights, if I recall correctly. Let me look really quick and see if I can find it.

    In the meantime, while she's doing this - could you interupt, and then give a kong to distract??

    Edit: found this
     
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    wouldnt giving her a kong be rewarding her for playing with shadows? Since the kongs are rewards
     
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    we had a pair of border collies at the doggy day care i worked at that were OBSESSED...
    "mommy" would drop them off and they would run to the back wall where they would stand and stare intently at the wall all day, if the shadow on the wall moved theyd chase the moving part untill it whent back to normal...

    they were so obsessed that we couldnt even interupt the behaviour...we tried playing with them...nope...
    standing infront of them would get you pushed out of the way or tripped, pulling them away would get you nipped...
    the only way you could get them to leave was to say "mommys here" at which point theyd run to the exit and stare at that...if the door didnt open within 2 minutes back to the wall they whent...

    it was insane.

    sry...just thought it was a weird story that kinda related.

    as to why shes doing it...i dunno...before that pair id never seen that kind of obsession before.
     
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    dogsarebetter EVIL SHELTIES!!!!

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    Thanks Brattina!

    maybe doberluv or lizzy will chime in soon too!
     
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    yes, giving her the kong while she's doing it would be rewarding. But if you interupted, called her away from it, (you can have her do a down or something) and then gave her a kong she shouldn't associate it as a reward. ;)
     
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    dogsarebetter EVIL SHELTIES!!!!

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    ah ha! Thanks

    she is now laying on my bed asleep. on her own accord. She either got bored with the shadow, or tired of me interrupting her.
     
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    Sorry, I don't have a lot of experience with OCDs.... not that I'm saying that's what this is (per the OP). ;)

    A method kind of related to Victoria's that was posted, would be to teach the dog an incompatible behavior - like go to bed - and cue that behavior when she starts obsessing over the shadows. Have her go to bed for a few minutes - you can reward that with treats - and then release her and give her something else to keep her busy, like a kong, knuckle bone, treat dispensing toy, etc. Technically you're rewarding her for the go to bed, and you're also keeping her busy long enough that hopefully she'll find something better to do.

    I do agree, though, you should not let her obsess over the shadows....
     
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    how do you get two complete fruit cakes for dogs? I didnt "try"
    LOL
    I love them anyway.
     
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    Why does she stop doing this for a week or more and then start again!
    do you think she will grow out of it
     

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