How to disaccustom a dog to run behind cars, bicycles or to chase runners?

Many dog ​​breeders encounter excessive pet "love" to catch cyclists, chase cars or bite the heels of runners. The owners know firsthand that it is impossible to put up with such a behavior of a dog.

Instead of once again relieving stress with heart drops, we suggest that you once and for all save your pet from the "bad habit and teach it self-control."

To rehabilitate a pet, you will need: its owner (that is, you are in person, and not an experienced trainer from some club), an assistant with whom, preferably, the dog does not know (first, one, then you may have to draw more people), treats to encourage (what the dog rarely eats, but passionately loves).

It is better to conduct classes in a desert place where there are few people and other “factors” distracting you and the dog.

So, proceed to the gradual learning!

First stage

Ask your partner to disappear from the dog’s field of view and appear at your signal, then say the command “To me!”. When the dog comes up - give him a treat.

While the dog is enjoying the treat, signal the partner to appear in sight. He should not come close - just walk for 20-30 seconds, but so that the dog saw him. Then let the helper hide from the view. This exercise should be repeated 2-3 times.

Second stage

Before proceeding to the second, be sure to repeat the first stage of training. This time ask your helper to jog in the field of view of the dog for about 10 seconds. When the dog sees the person, immediately command him “To me!”, Without waiting for him to think that it would be nice to catch the suddenly appeared athlete. If the dog approached you, praise it and give treats.

Repeat the exercise several times, and then allow the dog to rest: play a ball, aporte a stick, or simply allow your pet to walk around the neighborhood.

You can proceed to the next stage only when the dog, at the first call, comes to you unquestioningly, without trying to catch up with your helper. Never move on to a new exercise until you are sure that the pet remembers the learned skill well.

Third stage

Let your partner run a little faster in the field of view of the dog, but do not close the distance between themselves and the dog. Call the pet and give him a treat. Repeat the exercise 3-4 times and allow the dog to rest.

Fourth step

Reduce the distance between the partner and the dog, first - up to 20 meters, then - to 10. When the pet starts to return strictly on command, set a distance of 3-5 meters.

Do not worry if your pet fails to focus on your team - for some dogs, the learning process can take weeks, and sometimes months. Do not rush things - and you get the desired result. The main thing is to wait for the dog to clearly carry out all the commands.

Last stage

Ask for help friends that your dog does not know or who is not familiar with. Repeat all stages of learning with them. If you find it difficult to find "volunteers", take your pet to a crowded park or square.

If the dog will calmly respond to the athletes - you finally achieved success.

Never shout at a pet if he does not execute the command the way you want. Perhaps you are in too much of a hurry, and the dog, moreover, loses control of itself. Remember: training is not easy, but it is worth the results obtained in the future.

The same technique can be used by teaching the dog to respond calmly to cyclists and cars. However, experts say that if the dog will calmly relate to bicycles, cars will no longer interest him, despite its impressive size.

The skill gained by the pet will save not only your nerves - it will save his life from danger. After all, fearlessly rushing under the wheels of a car or catching up with a cyclist, he risks his health.

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