If Sparky is allowed to chase bikes, the person on the bike could become startled, or knocked over and hurt, Sparky could run out into traffic and be struck by a car or could get tangled up in the pedals or spokes of the bike and be injured. Nothing good is going to come of this unless Sparky's owner teaches him to stop chasing bikes!
While it may be natural for your dog to respond to a fast moving object, like a bike, by chasing, this behavior can be extremely dangerous for the people riding the bike, and for your dog. It is important to teach dogs from as young an age as possible not to chase cyclists, for their safety and the cyclists'. You will want your dog to ignore a cyclist when they pass by, behaving in a calm, quiet, manner and resisting the urge to chase after the bike. Introducing a command to 'leave' the bike or an alternative behavior to perform when a cyclist goes by are both effective ways of changing your dog's chasing behavior when presented with a moving bicycle. You can even teach your dog to run next to a bike on a leash to introduce a different way of viewing a bike, as a pack member instead of prey. This will help change how your dog views and responds to a bicycle.
My dog Saber is scared of bikes. I have purchased a cheap bike and keep it outside. I have managed to aleviate his fear of the stationary bike.
Though he is still scared to death of a moving bike. He will cower and physically shake if he has no room to escape. How can I change this behaviour.
Hello John, You will have to do this very gradually. Think of his favorite things in life - a ball, chicken, a dog friend, a favorite person, ect...Make a list of his favorite things. In a safely fenced in area, do something with him that involves that wonderful thing. Once he is engaged in something fun and focused on that, have a well-known friend he trusts calmly walk the bike around the yard pretty far away from him at a slow pace. Keep the bike far enough away that he can stay relaxed and having fun with your fun activity but close enough that he can see that it's there. Practice this a lot. When he is completely comfortable around the bike from that distance and that pace and will just ignore it, then gradually make it slightly harder by getting the bike a few feet closer or making the bike go a little faster...Only make it harder in one way at a time - either faster or close but not both. Practice each new difficultly until he is completely comfortable with that, then make it a little harder again. Overtime the bike should slowly start to get closer to him and faster. Whenever he looks over at the bike and hasn't reacted badly yet, make it a party. Praise him and get him excited - act happy and confident and not worried or sorry for him. He is watching your emotions to see how he should feel, so you need to convey confidence and upbeat happy or at least calm and relaxed. If all you want is for him to overcome his fear of bikes, then he should be over his fear of them by this point in the training. Refresh the training every once in a while to keep bikes fun and to off set any less pleasant encounters with strangers on bikes. When he can handle the bike riding past him, if you are wanting to train him to run next to you while you ride a bike, then encourage him to run next to you while you run by a bike someone else is on while in a fenced in area. You can use a favorite toy to encourage him to follow you. Only do this when he has already worked up to the bike going past him at a normal biking pace. Practice running alongside the bike until he learns to enjoy that activity and is completely relaxed and happy while doing it. At this point you can transition to normal bike jogging training for dogs. If you are not needing him to run next to you while you ride, then I don't suggest working on this last part because it is safer if he just learns to ignore bikes and not expect to run next to them. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My Dog Crimson will go after anybody who is on a bike or scooter and we can’t get him to stop what should we do?
Hello Dorian, First, I suggest teaching a solid Leave It command to pup. Follow the Leave It command using the Leave It method from the article linked below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Second, teach pup a structured heel - practice away from moving things like bikes and scooters at first. Check out the article and video linked below Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Third, purchase a high quality remote training collar with stimulation, lean how to fit it properly and find your dog's "Working level" - which is the lowest level that your dog feels and responds to. Only use a high quality collar such as E-collar Technologies, Dogtra, Sportdog, or Garmin. Check out the videos below: Fitting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLxB6gYsliI Finding pup's Working Level on e-collar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cl3V8vYobM Fourth, teach an e-collar heel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJaZsZdcjwU Fifth, put it all together. Walk pup on a collar or harness that's secure. Practice your e-collar heeling with bikes and/or scooters in sight. Whenever pup starts to fixate on the bikes or scooters or break the heel position, tell pup "Ah Ah Heel" - If breaking heel, or "Ah Ah, Leave It" - for fixating on bikers or scooters and correct on pup's working level on the e-collar. Practice around bikes and scooters a lot until pup will ignore them and focus on you around them. Any other training you can do to help with impulse control is also great, such as a long Place, Down-Stay, waiting at doors, not exiting a crate until told Okay, ect... Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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