When it comes to tips and tricks for teaching your dog not to chase after cars or other neighborhood distractions, Certified Dog Trainer Andrea Arden had some expert advice to share.
The first and most important issue associated with this type of behavior is the risk of a dog running into traffic, potentially causing a car accident.
“If your dog is running after cars, your dog is not being supervised properly,” Andrea explained. To properly supervise your dog, Andrea recommends using a security system like keeping him or her on a leash or in a fenced-in yard.
Next, Andrea touched on proper management, introducing the “come when called” concept. If you teach your dog simple tricks like touching his or her nose to your palm whenever you present it, your dog will eventually learn that this means to come when called.
“Instead of teaching your dog to come when called in an old-fashioned way, teach him or her in a fun, modern way by making it into a game,” Andrea suggested.
Finally, when it comes to calling a dog’s name when they run away to try and get them to return, Andrea explained that this may actually encourage the opposite reaction.
“A lot of dogs think that when you say their name, they’re in trouble, so the dog might keep running away in fear,” she explained. Instead of calling their name, Andrea suggests trying to get their attention in another interesting way.
“Instead of chasing your dog, get down on the ground and pretend to do something like digging. The dog will come over to see what you’re up to. They are investigative creatures!” she laughed.
For more of Andrea's puppy training tips, view the slideshow below:
Get a leg up on your dog's behavior by taking control of his favorite things (food, toys, attention and anything else you know he wants). Ask your dog to do something in exchange for each thing he wants -- “sit” to go for a walk; “lie down” to earn his favorite squeaky toy; come to you when called, to get a tummy rub. Soon your dog will begin to love playing the training game!
Carry a few pieces of kibble with you to use as rewards during walks. Frequently stop and ask your dog to sit -- especially when she’s greeting people -- and reward her with a treat. This will help her to learn to walk better on leash (because she’s paying better attention to you) and sit politely to greet people.
Teaching your dog to develop a terrific “sit” or “down” or “stay” is as easy as 1-2-3. Start by asking him to sit or lie down. If he does as instructed, reward him immediately and release him from the command (we like the word “okay”). Next time, ask your dog to sit or lie down and wait for a full second before rewarding him and releasing. Then try for two full seconds -- then three, and so on. Within no time, your dog will be lying patiently for up to three minutes or more!
Keep an eye out for your dog doing something right -- such as lying down quietly -- and praise her for it. Focusing on, and rewarding, good behavior is the best way to make “bad” behavior less likely to happen. In this case, if your dog is lying quietly, there is an endless list of wrong things she isn’t doing. Too often, we focus on inappropriate behaviors but fail to acknowledge good behaviors.
Get your dog focused on a favorite object, like a food-stuffed chew toy. This will eliminate inappropriate barking and chewing and, when needed, will teach him to settle down quietly.
When you have dog-friendly company, ask them to hand-feed your dog a few treats. Have them use gentle training techniques (no pushing or pulling, please), and they can ultimately lure your dog to sit and lie down for each piece. This teaches your dog to like the company of other people, and to respond reliably to their requests.
Reinforce a well-socialized dog by making sure she meets new, friendly people every week. Don’t assume that because your dog is friendly today, she will be friendly tomorrow. Socialization should continue for the rest of your dog’s life.
Whenever you have five seconds to spare, call your dog, ask him to sit, wait four seconds and then give him a tiny treat. You’ll have a dog with great recall -- and a ”super-sitter” -- before you know it!
If your dog is acting hyper, ask her to settle down beside you, wait seven seconds, and then give her a tiny treat. Playing this game many times throughout the day is a great way to nurture a dog who co-exists calmly in your home.
Maintain a house-trained -- or paper-trained -- dog by occasionally rewarding him with a tasty treat for going to the bathroom in the right spot -- even if he is an adult and already knows this skill. This will keep you on top of the training game.
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