Introduction: Laser Pointer Fun

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Our dog has tons of energy and always wants to play. However, play time can be exhausting to the humans of the house. We found out a few months ago that the dog loves to play ‘chase the red dot.’ Boredom leads to creativity, so we attached a laser pointer to her head with a bandana and small piece of tape. This kept her continuously occupied until we removed it after 20 minutes. I assume you could try this with a cat if you were daring enough – good luck with that.

Caution: Laser pointers (even low wattage versions like this) can cause eye injury. Verify that the laser pointer will never shoot into the dogs eyes. In lieu of tape over the switch, a failsafe approach could be used where the switch latch is released if the laser pointer is moved from the original position. In addition, NEVER leave the dog unattended with laser pointer attached to the head. Adult supervision required.

Step 1: Materials

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  • Dog
  • Laser pointer
  • Head band or bandana
  • Tape

Step 2: Place a Piece of Tape Over the Lens of the Laser Pointer

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Step 3: Use Tape to Hold Down the Laser Pointer Button

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Step 4: Attach Laser Pointer

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Attach laser pointer to dog. We used a bandana and a small piece of tape for extra support. I’m sure there are better ways than shown but this seemed to work for us. Another option would be make a contraption that holds it off the collar.

Step 5: Remove Lens Tape and Let the Entertainment Begin


mtairymd (author)2015-01-01

She does play without laser pointers as well...

ccooper33 (author)2014-12-31

This is SO terrible.. Yet hilarious... And ingenious. All at the same time

Blackcloud161 (author)2014-12-30

OMG ... the thoughts of what would happen in our house if I did this..

I need an instructable on dogie crash helmets...

Thanks for posting !

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kbc2 (author)2014-12-30

If you want your house destroyed in a matter of minutes..... attach a laser to a hyper dogs head. That should have been your title LOL. I have 2 Weimaraners and this would not work. but would be entertaining.

rimar2000 (author)2015-01-01

This can be considered animal cruelty, right?

dirtyharry65 (author)rimar20002015-01-01

no. as you can buy laser pointers from pet shops and you don't have it on longer then 20 mins at a time

rimar2000 (author)dirtyharry652015-01-02

You can say anything you want, but this is very cruel. Barbarian.

"A dog is not a toy", as somebody said above.

Jetmaster360 (author)rimar20002016-02-08

It Isn't cruel. Would doing the same to a cat be cruel? It is just their inquisitive nature being used for a little humor, nothing more than that.

rimar2000 (author)dirtyharry652015-01-02

You can say anything you want, but this is very cruel. Barbarian.

"A dog is not a toy", as somebody said above.

masoon (author)2015-05-16

So funny! Thanks for posting the video, your dog is adorable.

jetfighter545 (author)2015-02-06

You are so...... Freaking...... GENIUS YOU DA MAN BRO! YOU DA MAN!

mrshirls (author)2015-01-14

Is it wrong to laugh so hard at this?

mtairymd (author)mrshirls2015-01-14

To some it might be - see below :)

HBA (author)2015-01-13

I have a Vizsla also he is obsessed with shadows, reflection and light. The only way to stop him is remove the source or the dog from the room. Continuing to do this to your dog could cause severe behavior and pyschological problems. This is NOT A GOOD IDEA it is CRUEL! Research it yourself. PLEASE TAKE DOWN THIS POST! Stop Torturing your Dog!

mtairymd (author)HBA2015-01-14

I’m amazed what some people consider torture. One person told me having a dog in a fenced yard was awful. Another said dogs should never wear a collar. The kicker was the person that said even having a pet was immoral. I guess there is a full spectrum of beliefs for what is right or wrong.

I’m sorry you have an OCD dog. However, I have researched this topic. In short, anecdotal evidence from a few bloggers that has been picked up by other bloggers isn’t the best way to draw a conclusion on a very complex subject. OCD is not fully understood in humans, let alone dogs.

Lastly, I did see a funny comment during my research - “Blaming laser pointers for dogs going obsessive is like blaming cutlery for Rosie O'donnell being fat.”

danikadoes (author)2015-01-04

I LOVE IT!!! You obviously love your dog and I appreciate your good nature in the way you have addressed some of the mildly negative comments. My dogs all love the laser pointer and I cant wait to try this-but with my small home it will be outside for sure!

mtairymd (author)danikadoes2015-01-05

Thank you. Yes, outside would be the safer :)

CharlotteB2 (author)2015-01-02

I didn't think dogs will chase after lasers until now.

HUKBMBEAR (author)2015-01-02

Im in the group that thinks this is cruel and the type of material that does not improve the life of the animal or the reputation of the Instructables site

_-MacGyver-_ (author)2015-01-02

This is beautiful. I never would have thought of that :D

sixfootjames (author)2015-01-02

Please remove this. It leads to all sorts of problems for dogs

mtairymd (author)sixfootjames2015-01-02

This counterpoint was added to the youtube video:

TCSC47 (author)2015-01-02

Oh Dear. Two things to comment on.

You have clearly never had a laser beam in your eye. I have
and had to visit hospital. It hurts.

Have you considered what it is like for your dog to be given
such an “exciting” task that cannot be achieved? One of the reasons that dogs
are good pets is that in many ways they are very much like us. In others not,
but they most certainly can suffer from frustration just like we can. You have
clearly not had to deal with a neurotic dog who has been abused by its humans.
Just like us, a dog’s personality and behaviour are partly nurture and partly
nature. Don’t take advantage of the good nature of your dog by messing up your nurture
of them.

A dog is not a toy.

rimar2000 (author)TCSC472015-01-02

Fully agree. +1

mtairymd (author)TCSC472015-01-02

Nope, I've never pointed a laser in my eye. BTW, read the caution note in the intro paragraph.

I'll tell you another "exciting" task for this dog - catching flies, butterflies, birds, etc. She tries and tries but can never quite catch one - so "frustrating" for her. However, once she's done chasing her prey, she jumps right back in our lap for a nice nap.

With most things, moderation is the key. As stated below, this contraption has only been attached to her one time. However, we do still get an occasional fly in the house - not sure how to handle that frustration.

jackowens (author)2015-01-01

It would be ever better with a cat, haha if only they would keep it on their head!

jcommisso (author)2015-01-01


mtairymd (author)jcommisso2015-01-01

Yes, they are very sweet dogs

jcommisso (author)2015-01-01

She looks like my dog and my dog loves laser pointers

Foxtrot70 (author)2014-12-31

Did she finally get exhausted enough? LOL My mom had a dachshund that when you places a basket ball on the floor she would go insane barking, pushing, and trying to bite the ball. She would run herself to exhaustion also good exercise for rainy days or in the middle of winter.

mtairymd (author)Foxtrot702015-01-01

No, we took it off before she wore herself out. Also, as others have stated, this can be damaging to your house.

craftraptor (author)2014-12-31

My dog doesn't react to laser pointers. Odd.

But if he did... All hell would break out.

mtairymd (author)craftraptor2015-01-01

I think it is more of a cat thing. I've had dogs that didn't react as well. This dog loves anything that moves through the air but could walk right past a rabbit.

NathanSellers (author)2014-12-31

Ha ha ha. What a funny idea. My dog would freak out. She would try to run away from herself.

seamster (author)2014-12-30

Oh man, the video made me dizzy! I would love to see a group of cats with these strapped to their heads!

mtairymd (author)seamster2014-12-30

That would be quite a mess :)

robertogallea (author)mtairymd2014-12-30

I think that this is fun for you to see your dog, not for her to chase the red dot without being able to catch it. I think you should spend 20 minutes a day playing with her, actually.

and dogs do not love dresses, too...

mtairymd (author)robertogallea2014-12-30

Actually, she seems to enjoy chasing the dot - gets excited every time we pick up the laser pointer. For the record, this is the first and only time the laser pointer has been attached to her. We spend at least an hour a day (between the family members) playing with her every day. I agree with you about dogs and dresses.

Vermanen (author)2014-12-30

That's just rude...

DCengineer (author)2014-12-30

I have a 100+lb black lab (who doesn't see well). I can only imagine what would happen if get got one of those on his head. Think full-speed wall-ramming. Not to mention our two cats.

mtairymd (author)DCengineer2014-12-30

Yeah, that might be a problem...

CJA3D (author)2014-12-30

Look like a lot of fun ..Hope the dog does not create a big mess ..

mtairymd (author)CJA3D2014-12-30

We had to stop when she started attacking the walls - end of video.

neo71665 (author)2014-12-30

tomatoskins (author)2014-12-30

Ha, that just looks like such fun!

coolblaze2019 (author)2014-12-30

If you pointed it at an angle the dog would probably just spin in circles trying to get a look at it

mtairymd (author)coolblaze20192014-12-30

Correct. I did that and she just did a circle for 2 minutes.

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