First up chasing is normal behaviour for dogs. Chasing is not bad behaviour, rather inappropriate behaviour, where humans are concerned.
Dogs who chase are generally not aggressive. They are simply dogs being dogs. Dogs having FUN! Dogs can have one or a number of chase triggers ie things that ignite the chase instinct. Whether a dog chases cats and other small animals, livestock or wildlife, a car or basically anything on wheels. This becomes an issue for humans, the dog, the animal being chased and is a huge safety concern for all involved.
Dogs come hard wired to chase. Some more than others. This is from the days before domestication where they had to hunt and scavenge to survive. Even though dogs now rely on humans for their food, chasing remains a fun behaviour for many dogs. We even see humans sometimes engage with dogs in chasing behaviours ……think throwing a ball for your dog??? This seemingly innocent game encourages and reinforces chasing behaviours in dogs!
Chasing can be modified in dogs with already known chase triggers. Just as importantly chasing can be prevented in young puppies.
Don’t let your new puppy become addicted to chasing!
Invest time and effort into training and teaching them acceptable alternatives to chasing. Like laying down calmly and watching a car go by. Or by coming to you, instead of chasing the cat.
Self control like this IS possible in the face of exciting chase triggers. Like anything though, it takes work on our part and management to prevent the old “practice makes perfect” scenario while we teach our dogs, other more acceptable behaviours in the face of tempting chase triggers. The Un-Chase!® program can help and is available in a variety of formats.
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Jo is very clear in her delivery and very knowledgeable when it comes to troubleshooting the different scenarios for each individual dog. Would highly recommend this workshop for anyone looking to build calmness in their dog in highly distracting environments.
Connie, Gold Coast
The workshop I attended was very well run. I bought the youngest of our four dogs, he is an excitable Border Collie and it is in his DNA to chase. The class size and layout ensured the dogs had plenty of space and were positioned so as not to trigger each other. The information was clear and background mechanisms into the behaviour were explained. Every exercise was clearing defined with clarification of 'why and how' included. I would have no hestiation in referring someone to this course. I learned approaches to my dogs' behaviours that cause concern, and I can use these methods with the other dogs in the family.
Jo is very welcoming, no question is considered silly and the whole session was set up for success. Gradually building the tools you need in layers to help you and your dog overcome your individual chase needs. It was also fun and Jo’s props were superb. I highly recommend this course!
Nicola, Gold Coast