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Chasing is a natural instinct of dogs. Some dogs love to chase fast moving objects, like cars, bikes, other dogs and almost everything that moves. Moving objects inspire dogs to follow .The chasing instinct of some dogs can be greater than other breeds. Herding dog breeds have much tendency to chase moving objects greater than other dog breeds. Usually the dog's greedy nature is encouraged and results in the dog to follow and chase others. Sometimes it may just for fun. Dogs like to follow and be chased.
Car followers can be badly wounded or killed. They may also result in severe road accidents when drivers swing over to keep away from them and are worried by their unexpected display in the road. Leashed dogs that are familiar with vehicles also can cause troubles. A leashed dog can be wound up around moving vehicles -barking, growling, and lunging when the vehicle pass by. He may become excited that he may hurt himself and his owner by jumping out into traffic and moving his owner with him.
It’s best if you can prevent your dog from ever learning that chasing cars is fun. Although chasing is a natural inclination in many dogs, if you can interrupt your dog’s behavior and teach him that doing something else-such as turning toward you-is more enjoyable than chasing cars, you can nip chasing in the bud before it becomes a habitual problem.
Until you have learned to control your dog's chasing instinct, do not let him off-leash. It's dangerous for him and the person or animal he is chasing.
Before exposing your dog to a situation where he will want to chase, you must train him in a controlled setting. It is important that you set up a situation where your dog can concentrate and understand the behavior you want. He must have the opportunity to perform the correct behavior repeatedly since up until now he has probably only had practice misbehaving.Advertisement
How to stop dogs Chasing
To prevent your dog from ever starting to chase cars, you need to catch the first moment he shows interest in the motion of the car and redirect his attention to you-something else fun! When you’re walking him and you see that he shows any interest in the movement of cars, you want to teach him to associate moving traffic with good things from you. Before you go out on your next walk, prepare by bringing delicious treats or a favorite toy. While you’re walking, as soon as you see your dog looking at a car, call his name. When he turns toward you, praise him and give him a treat or two or whip out the toy and wave or throw it for him. If he doesn’t turn to you when you say his name, wiggle a treat or his toy in front of his nose and lure his head around toward you. When he turns toward the treat or toy, give it to him. Continue to do this each and every time a car passes by until your dog automatically looks at you in anticipation of treats or a game whenever he sees a car moving.
Not all dogs that chase cars from inside a fenced yard will also chase cars when they’re loose. But some will as the thrill of the chase becomes too strong to ignore. In addition, some dogs get so excited running the fence that they can hurt themselves or jump the fence. Chasing cars from inside a fence can also develop into chasing other things, like joggers or skateboarders, when they pass the yard. If there is virtually no chance that your dog can get out of the yard and your dog doesn’t show any interest in chasing other moving things, car chasing from inside a fenced area is relatively “safe” and good exercise for an under stimulated (bored or under exercised) dog. But if your dog is barking a lot or his fence running is otherwise causing problems, or if you think he might be able to escape the yard, you need to interrupt him and bring him inside whenever he starts chasing. Just like when you’re walking, the best time to interrupt the behavior is the moment your dog sees the car. This of course means that to stop chasing, you would have to watch your dog every second he is outside. An alternative is to put up a stockade-style fence (solid wood privacy fence) or attach tarps to the existing fence so that your dog can’t see the traffic and won’t be motivated to chase. If you choose to leave your dog in a fenced-in yard, please keep these two points in mind:Advertisement
• Never leave your dog in the yard unattended for longer than 15 to 20 minutes.
• Provide plenty of enrichment and exercise so that your dog is less motivated to chase cars.