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What do I do about my dog who is obsessed with lights and shadows

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My dog cries over lights on the ceiling created by an open fridge or reflection
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 9 years ago.
Some people see this as an obsessive compulsive issue and some as a behavior problem and some as a sign of epilepsy.
This sort of behavior is also referred to as a stereotypic behavior.
This sometimes is an attention seeking behavior but is more often a compulsive type disorder.
It may be a form of seizure in some dogs and be caused by a focal or partial seizure.
Sometimes it can be controlled through training and exercise but it can also be helped by medications.
I would suggest that you ask your veterinarian for a referral to a veterinary behaviorist for help with a behavior plan and medications to help your dog over his obsession.
You should also discuss the problem with your dog's breeder if you know them.
If you have ever used a laser pointer to play with him that would be something to not use again with this particular dog.
Hope this helps you!
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