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Old 10-29-2006, 01:09 AM   #1
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Default Deeper bark and laser pointers

I have two completely unrelated questions....

First - my puppy is 4 1/2 months old and is lab/border collie/chow cross. His bark has gotten a bit better but is still quite a yappy little bark. He has a better bark when he is warning us of something outside than when he is playing with the other dog though. What age does a dog start to get a deeper bark? My old dog had a yappy bark when he was a puppy but I can't remember when it changed to the intimatating bark he has now..

Second - we brought out a laser pointer we had in the house tonite for my puppy to chase. It was his first time and he absolutely loved it! It completely wore him out and he had so much fun! After we finished playing with it (he's sleeping so soundly right now!) I decided to look it up online. Wow - talk about warnings about playing that with dogs! I had no idea to even suspect OCD problems if I use it! Especially with border collies? Should I be able to use it occasionally or should I completely never use it? I was told to show my puppy lots of new stuff at this age to properly socialize it and expose it to lots of new experiences so it isn't scared of everything later on. I can't imagine the puppy being scared of a light ever though so I guess this wouldn't count as a "new experience". Are lasers that bad or just to be used with caution?

Any thoughts on these questions?

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Old 10-29-2006, 03:03 AM   #2
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I've played with my older dog with a laser since she was 8 months old with no problems (and she is a border collie mix). I've never heard of dogs getting psychological problems from playing with a laser pen. >9.9<

All I've heard is to never shine it in their eyes (duh lmfao).

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Old 10-29-2006, 06:40 AM   #3
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I'm not sure if all dogs develop a deeper bark at the same time (if at all) - I know River's got deeper at about 5 or 6 months of age and he now still has a different bark for different situations - his bark is only deeper and more threatening when he is alerting us to something rather than barking during play or even when we ask him to speak.

I had never heard of using laser pointers with dogs - sounds like your dog had a blast though!

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Yes dogs voices do deepen, I wouldn't expect your dogs voice to reach its deepest until fully mature & out of the teenage phaze. 4 1/2 months is still very young, my dogs voice/bark didn't start to get noticably deeper until 11/12 months of age & at 16 months is so much deeper but still not as deep as that of most dogs of his size/breed but he is still in his 'teenage' phaze & still maturing so I'm sure it will come along more with time.

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my mother in law has a sheltie that is a bit obbsessed about the laser pointers, but not anything that is harmfull, he just goes nuts and barks when he sees you take it out, and he will pounce on it like a cat, and run in circles till he "gets" it. but as soon as you put it away he knows the game is over, his spring ball is another story though!! boy does that dog love that thing!!! its like a bunch of tiny springs with rubber caps on the end and when it bounces it really bounces, more so than a rubber ball, never een a dog go so nuts over a toy.
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