As you would expect, your Greyhound is lightning fast. In fact, he is so quick he makes you feel old and slow in everything you do. You can forgive that, of course, because he's your favorite canine companion and you couldn’t imagine life without him anymore. However, his love for running has recently developed into a passion for chasing. In fact, ol' Buddy doesn’t just like chasing people, but also pets and anything else that breathes.
Training your Greyhound not to chase will alleviate a number of concerns. Firstly, you won’t have to worry about them escaping and running off. Secondly, you may become a bit more popular with the neighbors who are fed up with your Greyhound chasing them and their children. It will also mean you can take Buddy to friends' and families' houses without scaring anyone.
Training your Greyhound not to chase is going to be challenging. They are sighthounds, naturally built for running and will look for any excuse to take off. However, there are also a number of things you can do to stop them chasing. Firstly, you can take some preventative measures. You can then channel their energy into something more productive. Finally, obedience commands will be used to bring Buddy back under your control.
If your Greyhound is a puppy then they should be at their most receptive and eager to please. This means you could see results in just a week or so. But if they are older, stubborn and have been chasing for years, then you may need up to six weeks. If you get training right you won’t have to worry about being dragged to the floor when Buddy sees something he likes the look of coming around the corner.
Before you start training, you will need a few items. A short training leash will be required. You may also want to invest in a body harness. This will increase your control while simultaneously reducing the strain on their neck. You will also need a deterrence collar for one of the methods below.
You don’t need to set aside time for training specifically. However, the more vigilant and present you can be, the more you can react and the quicker you may tackle the problem.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and a positive attitude, then work can begin!