Your new best friend is just a puppy. But although that means they have little legs and still need the toilet every hour, it doesn’t mean they aren’t overflowing with energy. In fact, you walk into a room and your puppy is doing barrel rolls while at war with a blanket. Yet when you take them out for a walk, they are strangely subdued. You encourage them to walk fast and run but they seem uneasy. Now you know they are full of energy and your house can’t handle it. So, you need to train them to play chase, so they can burn off steam safely outside.
Training your puppy to play chase is actually worthwhile for a number of reasons. It will be good exercise for both them and you. It also makes for some quality bonding time with your best canine pal.
Training your puppy to play chase is thankfully pretty straightforward. Unsurprisingly, most dogs love to run around after their owners. The challenge will come in teaching them the rules and motivating them, to begin with. But once you have an effective motivator, they will soon love playing chase and be charging around after you.
Because your buddy is just a puppy they should tick both the energy and eager to please boxes. This means you could see results in just days. If your puppy’s attention is particularly hard to hold, then you may need a couple of weeks. Master training and you can both stay in shape together. This sort of exercise will also help your pup's muscles and body grow strong and lean, which may help keep ailments at bay later on in life. In addition, if you can train them to play chase then you can also take them out for a quick run instead of a walk if you’re tight on time.
Before you start training, you need to check you have a few things. A large yard or local field will be required to practice in. You will also need a long leash and a pair of sneakers. Stock up on tasty treats or break the pup's favorite food into small pieces.
You may also need toys and a clicker for one of the methods below. A friend will also be required. Set aside 20 minutes for training every other day.
Once you have all that, just bring enthusiasm and a positive attitude, then work can begin!