Are You Doing A Good Job Teaching Dogs Not To Chase People, Objects And Other Things?

Thursday, April 06, 2017

By The instaFETCHERS

We doggies are known to chase after moving objects, whether they are hooman or not. A prime example is the mailman aka 'the postie' (for the Aussies) delivering pawsome packages. They are our common targets.  Another thing that we chase after are wheels on a car as they are moving. We are so entertained by them that we do not realise that they are a hazard to our lives. 

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You our master, must train us not to chase people and other things. The sooner you start, the better chance you have of getting us to obey you. The best time to start is when we're still little pups. If we're from a rescue shelter and are already advanced in age, just train us from the get-go!

It’s even more important for breeds that are large and those that are known to have aggressive behaviour.  When people are chased by us mutts, they are scared and start to run.  They don’t know what that dog will do to them. 

Depending on the breed, some of us are easier to train not to chase people or things. Breeds used for hunting or herding purposes are more likely to continue chasing.  It is not a good idea to let us dogs run free if we have not been trained not to chase. Even if we have, we still need to remain on a leash in public.

When you are training us, do it in a safe area that is built-in. An ideal place would be a yard that is fenced in.  This way we will be able to concentrate on what you are trying to do with us.  You want us to understand that you are trying to teach the proper behaviour. Also, we must be given a chance to go over the behaviour that you are trying to teach repeatedly.
Train your fur baby inside the houseThis is another way of keeping us in a controlled environment and leashed for good measure.  

Picture this, you and me standing at one end of the hallway or one end of a room. Get a small ball and wave it in front of me to excite my prey drive.

You will not let us touch the ball. Roll it to the other end and use the command "off" or "leave it". This command lets us know that we are not to chase after the ball. However, if we start to go after it, say the command again and gently and firmly tug the leash.

It is important that we do not touch the ball at all. If you allow us to do so, then we will think that the command “leave it” means that we can touch it. Do this several times or until we have learned what the command means.  After we have gotten the message, give us a tasty treat as a reward for learning it successfully.

Try the same thing but go to another room. Repeat the process again in more rooms of your home and in your fenced backyard (if you have one). After you feel that we have mastered the training, you can do it without the leash. Keep in mind you must remain in a controlled area.  It may take a while for us to get the hang of this. Be patient until you are confident that he has learned to stop chasing.

Do a test to see if your dog has actually learned from your training. Get someone to act as a walker or a jogger. Your pooch should not notice them. In fact, the hooman that you choose should be a stranger to the dog, but not to you. 

Keep your doggy on the leash and allow the stranger to walk or jog several times. During this time, you will do the “off” command. See if the dog will remain still or try and chase the hooman. If they try to run, gently and firmly tug on the leash. If they stay put, you can give them a treat.

There are times where chasing is accepted. When you and your dog are playing a game of chasey or fetch of course!
Yes we chase, it's in our hunting nature of moving things. Remember to help us to not run after everything that moves by regular and consistent command training so we're all safe. Just like Pippa!

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