7 Simple Ways to stop a dog car chasing
Puppies are naturally wired to chasing car and other moving objects, and when they don’t have appropriate outlets, puppies chase bicycles or even cats or kids. Chasing car some things, though, can get puppies into trouble with owners, the neighbors, or even get themselves hurt or killed.
Stopping a dog from chasing car is, therefore, important both for dogs on-leash or off-leash. Here are some tips and guidelines pertinent to both scenarios.
Why Dogs Chasing Car:-
Dogs evolved as endurance specialists. Wild canines, like wolves and coyotes, use speed to run down prey, and our puppies are but one paw-step away from wild cousins and have retained this instinct.
The urge to pursue moving objects is hard-wired into the canine brain. This is a natural hunting behavior that is demonstrated whenever your pup chases a ball, Frisbee, or squirrel.
Through selective breeding, people have redirected these hunting instincts so that the Labrador stops short of a killing bite and instead retrieves the prey with a soft mouth, for example. Herding breeds continue to feel compelled to chase after and “push” moving objects like sheep in a specific direction.
When the dog doesn’t have a natural outlet to retrieve ducks or herd sheep, all that instinct spills into other areas. However, chasing inappropriate objects like bicycles or cars, or animals like the neighbor’s livestock, can become a problem that may have unfortunate or even deadly consequences.
Chasing car, in particular, can be problematic for various reasons. First and foremost, if your dog is off-leash when he’s chasing cars, you want to put an end to this habit sooner than later because it puts the dog at great risk of being run over, injured, and possibly killed.
On top of that, a dog’s car chasing habit may be a great liability. Drivers may try to swerve to avoid the dog which may lead to collisions. A dog who is hit by a car may also become projectile and injure others around them.
Dogs who want to chase cars when on-leash may be free from many of these above risks but may encounter several other potential problems too. For instance, they may suddenly pull towards cars and get injured or they may suddenly lunge with all their force and drag their owners on the road among traffic.
Of course, the easiest method is to not let your dog run off at all, but for most dog owners, that is an unrealistic goal. Even a well-trained dog who comes on command may decide he’d rather burn off some extra energy with a sprint around town. Keeping your dog interested and happy with what’s going on at home, and making sure that he gets some regular exercise, will help keep your dog at home where he belongs!
Training tips to help stop chasing Car:
- First of all, never chase the dog, that only encourages them to run more.
- Trying to lure your dog with a treat seldom works, either. The dog will generally snatch the treat and bolt again before you have time to grab their collar.
- Firmly call your dog’s “nickname” (not actual name), in a tone that is definitely not playful. This will at least get your dog’s attention almost immediately, as he recognizes the name. He may not come to you right away, but getting his attention as quickly as possible is a key first step in the right direction.
- Using the nickname is critical, especially when you’re using a firm or loud tone, as he will run away from you if you use his actual name, as he will know he’s done something wrong and punishment may follow.
- Start at home, with your dog on a lead. Keep commands simple using single words. Throw toys for him, and immediately command him to “leave” or call him to you. If your dog does not respond you can enforce your command with a firm tug on the lead. Practice this routine until he responds properly.
- It is very important during training to offer a reward “every” time he responds quickly and correctly. It is just as important to make it clear by a firm tug on the lead that he has not responded correctly or fast enough “every” time he fails to listen. It may seem like your dog is never going to get it right, but patience and consistency will reward you and your dog.
- Next get a friend to run, cycle or drive past you and your dog. Practice commanding your dog to “stop” or “leave” if he attempts to chase. Continue to practice until your dog no longer chases or stops 100% of the time when given a simple voice command. Always reward the correct behavior and never reward failure to adhere instantly to your command.
- Sometimes dogs chase cars because they have pent up energy. Try to take your dog for a walk whenever you get the opportunity to help squelch that need to run and burn off energy. When walking your dog make sure he is always on a leash, no exceptions. When beyond the boundaries of your home, a dog should know that certain behavior is required; a leash helps the dog learn control.
- Get your dog to chase you! Dogs love to play with their owners and this will give both of your great exercise and yet another opportunity to burn off energy and bond.