Chasing a dog after a car, bicycle or another moving vehicle can have tragic consequences. Falling under the wheels often ends in tragedy – loss of health or life. For the safety of your dog and your peace of mind, it is advisable to stop your dog from chasing all motor vehicles.
How to stop your dog from running behind cars? Why does my dog run after moving vehicles?
Many dogs have strong hunting instincts. If you don’t develop a replacement behaviour with your pet – there is a high probability that they will run after anything that moves.
Running after cars can be a kind of fight for a previously marked (with urine) space. This is most often the case when we do not have a fence.
Chasing after moving cars may also be conditioned by too little physical activity. In this way, the dog releases energy, which should be used in other, controlled ways.
In some cases, dogs also find it fun to run after cars.
How can I stop my dog from running behind cars?
This dangerous behaviour should be eliminated already at puppy age. After all, it poses a really big danger to our pets. While we can watch out for it, a courier, postman or another unaware visitor may cause harm to our pet.
The process of teaching your dog not to behave properly requires a lot of patience. It may even take several weeks to learn.
Distracting your pet
One of the ways to avoid your dog’s undesirable behaviour is to distract your dog. To do this, we need to teach your dog the command „attention”.
Show your dog a treat.
Raise the threat to eye level.
The moment the dog looks into your eyes say „attention” and reward the dog.
Use the command „attention” prophylactically. When you hear a car approaching, use the command and reward your dog.
To train your dog to run after cars when you are not present (no „attention” command), use a special training rope.Use a 10/15 metre rope.Stand at a safe distance from oncoming traffic (longer than the length of the rope).Allow your dog to have a good run.The dog will take its punishment (sudden braking).The process of teaching the dog to run after cars will be greatly facilitated by the knowledge of the command „no!” / „must not” etc.