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Car Chasing

car chasingWhen I was growing up, we lived across the street from a dog who chased cars.  I could never figure out what was so fascinating about the chase.  I mean here’s a huge metal object that’s rolling down the street that the dog will never catch and even if he could catch up, what’s he going to do then?  Try to put it in his mouth like a ball.  Thankfully, he was never injured.  I now live on a dead-end street that gets very little traffic and a neighbor’s dog did the same thing.  Currently, she stands at the edge of her front yard and barks at the cars since she’s older now.  But when we first moved in, she would actually sit in the middle of the road and bark at you driving down “her” street.”  I have since learned that dogs who exhibit this type of behavior are either fearful and are displaying fear aggression or are territorial.  Of course, chasing cars or blocking traffic in any way is extremely dangerous for obvious reasons.  Unless on your own property or at a park, dogs off leash are an accident waiting to happen.  If you’re working with a dog who likes to chase cars, skateboards or bicycles, there are a few things you can do to remedy the behavior for his safety.  Establishing a cue so that the dog looks at you is especially important.    Practice saying the dog’s name just so he looks at you and reward him with a “good boy.”   After repeating this indoors with little distraction, you can then move outdoors where there are a lot more interruptions.  Moving outdoors however may require you to increase the reward.  Carry some high value treats or a favorite toy.  When cars or bicycles go by, call the dog’s name and once he focuses on you, provide him with his prize.  Teaching a dog not to react to certain stimuli, such as cars, requires perseverance on the trainer’s part.  But when talking about the dog’s safety, time cannot be measured.

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