Things to Teach Your Dog – Not to Chase

Things to teach your dog

You don’t want your dog chasing after cats, squirrels, or other dogs.  This could be dangerous for you or your dog.  It is especially dangerous if you own the cat. 

There are ways that your dog can be trained to not chase moving things.  It takes patience on your part and repetition.

I read a recent article in the that discusses things you can teach your dog, specifically not to chase things.  It is entitled, “Dog Chasing Cats? How to Modify the Natural Instinct to Chase.”  The author of this well written article is Dianne Sarasin.

Here is a quote from the article:

This is not news to you. It doesn’t take a scientist to understand that dogs are hard wired to chase things that are fleeing. Although it’s a natural thing for your dog to do, when it’s the cat, the mailman or a neighbor jogging, it can be a dangerous thing.

Teaching your dog not to chase objects in motion is important and needs to be put in place as soon as possible. Now some dogs are easier to teach things to then other breeds. For example, hunting dogs, farm dogs are wired to chase versus other dogs. It’s important to remember not to allow your dog off the leash until the chasing is under some control.

  1. Teach your dog the “Bah” correction. The “bah” correction is a sound that your dog will understand perfectly. The sound needs to be guttural just like a growl. The word “bah” will help you replicate that sound.
  2.  Start with a tasty treat in each hand. Present one hand to the dog.  As he tries to get the treat say “Bah” in a guttural tone. Repeat if your dog does not move away until he does. ( don’t ever let the dog get the treat after saying “Bah”
  3. As soon as he stops trying to get it, give him the treat from the other hand.
  4. Keep practicing until the dog stops going for the treat the first time you say “Bah”

The entire article can be read here.  I encourage you to read the complete article.

What are some other things to teach your dog?  I consider teaching your dog to not chase things is one of the most important.  Your dog should be taught this at an early age.  What do you think?  Thanks for reading.

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