Can you really teach your pup a modicum of common sense? That is a tough question to answer, but when it comes to running into traffic, your pup may lack the common sense it takes to play somewhere else. Many dogs just do not have the fear of moving traffic that humans do and will simply walk out into traffic fearlessly and without a second thought. While many do so all the time without a problem, it only takes one small misstep to have the trip across the road end in tragedy.
Worse than this, far too many dogs seem to love chasing cars, which also ends in disaster more often than not. The good news is that there are ways you can train your dog to stay away from cars as long as you are willing to put in the time and effort.
Allowing your dog to run out in the street, by not training him to behave in another manner, is tantamount to allowing him to risk his life every time he decides its time to play with the cars on the highway. You can avoid this in several different ways, such as boundary training that keeps him "locked" in his yard or using a training collar or even long leash training. You can even use the 'down from a distance' method. Anything, as long as it keeps your dog from chasing cars, running out into traffic, and most importantly of all, from being badly injured or killed.
Until you can be sure your dog will no longer chase cars, you should never leave him outside unattended or off his leash. Not only will this give him the opportunity to chase cars, but also joggers, pedestrians, motorcycles, and cyclists, all of which could end up with someone, including your dog, being injured.
There really isn't much you need in the way of supplies in order to train your pup to respect cars and stop running around in traffic. For this one, you will need:
While walking on leash, goes after cars and sometimes people aggressively
Hi there. This is a tricky behavior to correct as an adult. It will take time and patience, and a lot of practice. If you are consistent, you will start to see improvement in roughly a month, and hopefully a complete turn around within 90 days. To prevent your dog from ever starting to chase cars, you need to catch the first moment he shows interest in the motion of the car and redirect his attention to you-something else fun! When you’re walking him and you see that he shows any interest in the movement of cars, you want to teach him to associate moving traffic with good things from you. Before you go out on your next walk, prepare by bringing delicious treats or a favorite toy. While you’re walking, as soon as you see your dog looking at a car, call his name. When he turns toward you, praise him and give him a treat or two or whip out the toy and wave or throw it for him. If he doesn’t turn to you when you say his name, wiggle a treat or his toy in front of his nose and lure his head around toward you. When he turns toward the treat or toy, give it to him. Continue to do this each and every time a car passes by until your dog automatically looks at you in anticipation of treats or a game whenever he sees a car moving. You can slowly wean him off of his treats, but don't start the weaning process too early. I would wait until the halfway point, a month and a half. This is a very remedial solution. But like I said, as time goes on, it will improve. You can use this same method in regards to his responses to people. Anything you want him to break his attention from, this is a good method.
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At our summer house Arttu runs free on the yard. Occasionally cars go by the road next to the house. Arttu runs straight to the car very fast and starts to jump around the car to see who is inside. He is small and if the driver doesn’t know that Arttu is free, the driver might run over him.
Hello, you are right - this is a dangerous situation for Arttu. You may want to buy a sign stating to be careful of your loose dog, just so people are aware. Then, I would work on the Come Method, which is well-described here and will be handy to know in many situations. The method is explained here: https://wagwalking.com/training/not-run-after-cars. I would practice this command every day for at least 10-15 minutes (and once it is mastered, use the command often) so that obeying it is like second nature. Work on it enough, and it will become a good habit, responding to the command. I think it should help deter Arttu's behavior, but I would still have a sign for safety as well. Good luck!
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Whenever a car comes through the driveway Ally always runs right towards the car. And I yell at her to stay but usually she doesn’t listen. We have an electric fence but not around the driveway. She is off leash in the yard and I don’t know what to do about this problem. We are scared that she will get run over and she is the best dog ever. Anyways thanks!
Hello! I am going to give you information on potty training, as well as teaching recall for running away. Recall: STAGE ONE – 'Catching' or Charging Up the 'Come' Cue Start in a distraction free environment so that your dog can focus only on you. Whenever your puppy or dog is coming to you on his own, wait until he is a couple of feet from you and then say his name and the word 'come.' When he gets to you, make a big fuss. With this exercise, your dog will learn that coming to you is a really good thing. After a while, you can lengthen the distance between you and start using the word when he is coming to you from a greater distance. Coming to you should always be rewarded, whatever the circumstance and no matter how long it took your dog to respond. Motivate your dog to come by being exciting, running away from him, waving a toy, or having delicious food for him when he gets to you. This will show him that coming back to you the best thing he can do. STAGE TWO – Solidifying the Cue Through Play Make sure you play the Back and Forth game with another person that your dog is comfortable with. Start the game in a quiet environment so it is easy for your dog to focus on you. Hold your dog back while the other person calls him excitedly. Try not to use his name or the cue word but talk excitedly to ‘gee’ him up. Do not release him until the person calls his name followed by the cue word “come.” When the cue word is given, release your dog and let him go running to the person calling. As soon as he reaches them they should praise and reward him with a game of tug or a food reward. When your dog has had his reward, have the other person hold him back as you call him and release as you say his name followed by the cue word. When he comes to you reward him with another game of tug or food reward. Repeat this game back and forth but only do a few repetitions so your dog does not get bored or too tired. Keeping it fresh means the game is always fun to play. STAGE THREE – Adding Vocal Cue With Hand Signal Inside Now your dog knows what the word “come” means you can use the cue word to call him to you while adding a hand signal to the word. Hand signals are always good to build with vocal cues so that even if your dog cannot hear you he will understand what the hand signal means. This is good if your dog is a distance away from you. Start in a quiet environment. Walk away from your dog and call his name followed by the cue word and a hand signal. Praise and reward him when he comes to you. Start increasing the distance you call him from and praise for his compliance. If he does not respond, go back to the previous distance and repeat. Only practice this cue for a few minutes so your dog does not get bored. The secret to success is to always keep it fun, exciting and fresh. When your dog recognizes the hand signal, try calling his name and using the hand signal by itself without the vocal cue. You will then be able to use a combination of vocal cue only, hand signal only and the two together. Now your dog knows what the cue word means you can start to call him from different rooms or from areas where he cannot see you. This will encourage him to respond even when you are out of sight. STAGE FOUR – Adding Vocal Cue With Hand Signal Outside Now your dog is consistently coming to you in a distraction free environment you can proof your recall cue by taking it outside. Practice the recall in your yard and then gradually build up to the point where you can use it in the park or similar environment. The ultimate test is to use the recall when your dog is engaged in a different activity. Wait for a lull in that activity and then call your dog to you. Praise his decision to comply.
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