Activities For Dogs Who Like Being Chased

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Introduction

Do you like to run? Well, we know that your pup does! If being chased is one of your dog's favorite games, they are not alone. Lots of dogs love to be chased and can play this way for hours. However, maybe you are tired of simply running and following your dog around and are looking for something else to keep them entertained. Look no further! We have some great activities here for dogs who like being chased. Utilize this knowledge to your benefit and prevent your pup from using their love of the pursuit in unsafe ways, such as bolting into the street or turning around to chase others.

Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
leash
collar
Activity description

One of the best places to bring a dog who likes to be chased is to the dog park. Not only will your pup be able to run free in a nice open space but they can also play chase with other dog friends! After all, chase is probably the most common game being played at the dog park. Having other dogs around who also want to play will give you a little break from chasing around that pup too. You'll be able to sit back and relax while your dog gets to do what they love best - run around!

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Location is key
Find a dog park in your area where you can go with your dog. It doesn't have to be a big dog park, just one that preferably is fenced in completely so you do not need to worry about your pup escaping. Drive, walk or run over to the dog park with your pup and get ready to chase!
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Initiate the fun
Let your dog off their leash (make sure they have a collar or tags on!) and let them run! If your dog is hesitant to start running around or doesn't immediately want to play, give them a little help by initiating a game of chase. Run toward your pup, then away and watch as your dog and other dogs in the park start to follow your lead.
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Play all day
Let your dog play chase as long as they would like. You can choose to be involved the whole time, or let your dog have fun with the other dogs in the park. Chase is such a natural dog game that all of the pups should instinctively want to play! Monitor the activity and step in if the game gets on the rambunctious side though, or if your dog starts to look as though they have had enough of the activity.
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Laser

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Laser Pointer
Activity description

Most of the things that dogs chase are eventually caught. Throw a toy for your pup to chase and they will obviously grab it and have the tangible item that they were after. Having your dog chase a laser beam is a game that never ends as your dog will never be able to catch it! You may have heard of playing with lasers for cats before but they are also great for dogs. You can easily find a laser toy for a few dollars and it is something that will keep your active pup busy for hours! A win for everyone!

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Buy a laser
Buy a laser toy that suits your needs. The most basic laser will do - all you need is one red dot! However, there are a wide variety of lasers which create different shapes, flash differently and have different ergonomic handles for you. The choice is yours but remember that simple can be best!
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Let's play
Get your dog ready to play by calling them into the room with you. Get them excited by talking about playing and show the pup the laser toy. Before turning it on, make sure there is nothing in your dog's way as they will most likely want to run immediately, and you don't want that pooch to trip!
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You'll never catch it...
Shine the laser light on the floor near your dog and wiggle it back and forth. Watch as your dog chases the light and becomes very perplexed when they cannot catch it! Wave the light all over the room for your dog to chase - watch out for furniture and breakables as your dog will be trying desperately to catch that light at all costs!
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Wheely Toy

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Wheely Toy
Activity description

If you have ever watched a dog race or even just heard about dog races, you know that dogs are trained to chase mechanical rabbits around tracks. While this specific skill is taught to the racing dogs, chasing a rabbit is pretty instinctual. Why not give your pup a similar toy? There are many automated toys which can wheel around for your dog to chase. Try a remote car or mechanical animal toy for your dog to chase. Not only will their predatory nature come about but they will be so happy chasing something moving! Sit back and watch as your dog runs around chasing their new toy. You can also try having the remote toy pursue your dog - but if they seem skittish at all about the idea, let them continue the chase rather than be chased.

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The perfect chaser
Look for a toy with wheels that you think your dog will like. Does your pup like chasing squirrels? Then get a remote controlled squirrel. Would you dog enjoy chasing a kid's car? Then find a cheap motorized toy car for your dog to chase around. (You can even control the remote from the couch!)
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In or out
Decide if you would like to play inside the house or outside - either will do! Head to your destination with your pup's new toy. Let your dog sniff the toy and show them that it is exciting, fun and a toy just for them! Place the toy on the ground and get ready! Be aware of safety; the area in which you are playing in, if outside, should be safely enclosed. Despite your pup's best intentions, they may get distracted and run the opposite way of the chase.
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Chase and catch
Start the wheely toy by remote or any other mechanism that will make it go, go, go! Watch as your dog runs after the new toy and (most likely) catches it! Take the toy away from your dog and make it move all over the ground again. Your pup will be in chase heaven!
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More Fun Ideas...

Hill Climb

Head for the nearest hilly area and have a race with your companion to see who makes it to the top first. We can guarantee that you will be chasing your pal up the hill over and over.

Run Together

Going for a run with your dog who likes to chase is good for you and them. Your dog will get out some energy while you are also able to get a good work out in!

Play Ball

There is nothing quite as good for a dog who likes to chase than a quick game of ball. Fetch, catch, chase…whatever you call it, dogs love it!

Conclusion

Dogs naturally want to pursue, so rather than banishing this behavior, embrace it! It is just part of who your dog is. There are so many games your pup can play with you or solo, that will satisfy their need to chase. Pick the activity that is perfect for you and your doggy and let that pup go!  Chase is fun for everyone in any form of the game. A dog who gets to be free to chase is a happy dog!