How to Make Your Dog Stop Chasing

Dogs chasing a car

Cars and other moving items are natural prey for dogs. When they don't have enough outlets or training, they pursue bicycles, animals, and even children. Chasing other items, on the other hand, can lead dogs into difficulty with their owners, neighbors, or even harm or kill them. Learn how to stop your dog from chasing you.

Why Dogs Chase

Dogs have developed as endurance athletes. Wolves and coyotes, for example, employ speed to chase after prey. Domesticated dogs are only a step removed from their wild counterparts, and they still have the need to flee. The canine brain is hard-wired to chase after moving objects. When your dog chases a ball, Frisbee, or squirrel, he is engaging in natural hunting activity.

People have channeled these hunting tendencies by selective breeding, for example, such that the Labrador stops short of a lethal bite and instead retrieves the prey with a soft mouth. Herding breeds are still driven to pursue and "push" moving items such as sheep in a specified direction.

Consider Your Dog's Breed

Although all dogs like chasing, certain breeds specialized for specific types of labor are more obsessed than others. If you have to deal with chasing difficulties, think about your dog's breed. Greyhounds, whippets, and the majority of terriers are drawn to chasing and attacking small animals. Cats, smaller dogs, and agricultural animals such as chickens and rabbits are all at risk from these breeds. Shepherd dogs are more inclined to chase larger animals, as well as automobiles, bicycles, and running people, in an attempt to herd them.

Before You Train Not to Chase

To teach what not to chase, your dog must first be taught to walk politely on a leash and comprehend the directions and "stay." These are necessary for keeping your dog in the desired location. Once you've mastered those, your dog will be able to stop chasing.

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Expose Your Dog to Staged Situations

The idea is to introduce your dog to circumstances that encourage pursuing behavior, such as animals or automobiles. Put your dog on a 6-foot leash (as a safety measure in case he bolts) and teach him to sit and remain. Then, as you continue to maintain your puppy's sit/stay position, have a buddy gently ride a bicycle, drive a car, or jog by the dog.

Distract and Reward

Use a food treat to distract your dog and praise it for not chasing. When it starts whimpering or snarling about chasing after you, turn around and walk in the opposite way while praising and rewarding it. As the dog wanders away from the enticement, you want it to connect the presence of the car/bike/jogger with rewards.

Continue to Practice

Gradually increase the pace of the passerby, and praise your dog for staying motionless as it approaches and then turning aside to earn goodies when it gets close. Drill with these setups until the dog looks at you instead of approaching and chasing the passerby after seeing the passerby. The pursuing habit cannot be completely eliminated, but it may be deflected.

Reduce Opportunities for Chasing

Set reasonable boundaries for your dog: When outside your property, a fenced yard or leash confinement teaches it the laws and keeps it from pursuing animals or other off-limits things. If you want to curb your puppy's undesirable tendencies, you'll need to train him.

Provide Safe Outlets for Chasing

Give your puppy options for satisfying this natural desire. Interactive activities like fetch relieve the impulse to chase while also providing a bonding experience for you and your partner. Boredom relief might help your dog avoid irritation and loneliness-related chasing behaviors. There are also organized canine sports that reward these basic instincts in regulated situations, such as herding trials for shepherd breeds, lure-coursing for sighthound breeds, and go-to-ground for terriers.

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Problems and Proofing Behavior

If a dog pursues someone or damages property in an improper manner, the owner is accountable. If the chasing dog chases an automobile, or if another animal or human defends itself, the chasing dog may be hurt or killed. Property owners in some locations have the legal authority to shoot dogs who harass cattle.

You'll want to be ready to deflect your dog's desire to pursue after any unexpected stimulation, so practice with a variety of people. If you started with a bike passing exercise, try it with a slow-moving automobile and have someone repeat the activity while running. When an unusual sort of visitor approaches, always secure your dog's leash, and never let your dog chase with a long leash on and then hit the end of the line at a full-on sprint. This might cause serious harm to your dog's neck and spine.

If your dog is still chasing after training, you should consult a canine behavioral professional. Chasing behavior, especially chasing automobiles, can be harmful (or even fatal) for your dog. A expert may be able to detect any disorders, breed habits, or other factors that are driving your dog to chase.

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