How to Stop Your Dog from Chasing Joggers or Other Dogs
4 March, 2015
Dogs instinctively chase after other dogs, people, or anything that moves as objects or any movement stimulates dogs to chase. It isn’t unusual for a dog’s predatory nature to kick into high gear and then start chasing what or who is closest. It usually is simply a dog’s ‘play’ response as dogs love to chase and be chased.
This happens with dogs, joggers or even cars as the fast movement of the person (or dog) jogging by and your dog want stop chase after them. It becomes a game and the dog might try to catch up with the jogger. Most dogs will stop if the jogger stops. However, they might bark showing that they are happy to chase a jogger.
You need to train your dog in a controlled setting before venturing outdoors
Before exposing your dog to a situation where he will want to chase, you must train your pup 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.
Practice in your back yard (or even inside)
When your dog is in the yard and running along the fence barking, you can try to curb this behavior by saying “No” and then bring your dog inside. You might have to change the time your dog is out. Joggers tend to be active in the early morning before working hours and after work. Again, you can train your dog to ignore the joggers with games, treats, and toys that are more interesting than watching people.
Your focus is to make sure that your dog understands your commands, such as “stop” or “no” when he is inside. You can even practice with a toy and start the “no” process. When he gives up to the toy, you can commend him or her with praise and/or a treat. Once you have conquered this behavior inside or your yard, take your pup and some treats outside.
When joggers or another dog surge past, teach your dog to sit or stay
If your dog shows an interest in runners or other dogs, try to curb this behavior by teaching your dog to sit, stay and let the jogger go by. Or, more specifically, if you see your dog looking at a runner, call your pet’s name. The instant she turns toward you, praise her and give her delicious treats. (Reward your dog with something really exciting, such as small pieces of chicken, cheese or hot dog.)
If your dog doesn’t look at you when you say her name, wiggle a treat right in front of her nose. Using the treat like a magnet on your dog’s nose, lure her head around toward you. When she looks at you, give her the treat. Continue to do this every time a runner is in view until your dog automatically looks at you in anticipation of treats whenever she sees someone running.
If the treat is especially tempting like a piece of meat, make sure that your dog looks at only you and ignores the jogger completely. This will take some time and training. Eventually, your dog will learn to sit and look at you and let the jogger go by without paying them any mind.
Try jogging or walking at a quick pace with your dog
If you personally are a jogger or can walk at a very quick pace, take your dog with you. Some dogs will lose interest in other joggers as you and your pup jog by. If your dog jumps up on you as a game, stop jogging and say “no”. When your dog has relaxed, you can try the jog again.
Every time your dog interferes the run, stop and wait. Your dog should make eye contact with you and then you can begin the jog again. Even though this will break your exercise routine, it will provide exercise, training, and bonding between you and your dog.
If your dog chases after cars, enlist a friend to help
If your dog is chasing cars, ask your friend to meet you on a quiet, secluded street to help you train your dog. Again, repeat the ‘No’ exercise or simply calling your dog’s name as your friend repeatedly drives by. It’s important that you practice this in a set-up situation. You must know that the driver is aware of the training so he/she can stop the car should you lose control.
Always use good judgment with your dog. If the real situation seems too tempting, too distracting or too stressful, don’t ask your dog to perform miracles and take your dog out at odd times. However, if you practice with your dog daily and with every opportunity that arises, you will succeed. Praise your dog profusely every time you say “no” and he exhibits good behavior and/or lets a jogger or dog run by without chasing him or her. You will both be very proud of your pup’s success.
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