Dogs naturally have a chase instinct. It is a pleasurable and rewarding activity for them. For this reason, your dog can get into trouble for chasing more giant animals or chasing smaller animals like cats and getting scratched. Dogs are predators, and other animals are regarded as prey. In general, dogs belong to three different categories, i.e., the hunters, the herders, and the non-sporting. Some dogs have a higher prey drive than others. In worst-case scenarios, your dog may kill smaller animals.

For this reason, you must take the necessary precautions to tame this behavior. It may be entirely possible to stop the chasing behavior. It is, however, possible to divert their attention or train them to control their chase instincts. In this article, we share a guide on how to stop a dog from chasing other animals.

 

Keep the prey away in pen and the dog on a leash

It will be wise to keep the chicken in a pen and other livestock that can be locked away. You cannot instruct the dog to sit next to the chicken pen on in the chicken feeding area and not expect it to be triggered. Once the chicken is locked safely in the pen, walk the dog within a distance where the chicken is noticeable but will not be too close to be overstimulated. It would help if you also kept your dog on a leash at all times so that you can have control of their movements. Whenever they feel triggered to give a chase, you respond by restraining them or verbally to train them that No is No! If they ignore the chicken and look at you, reward them.

 

Train your dog to focus

SpiritDog Training wrote in their latest article that dog training requires patience and consistency (source). The best way to train your dog to focus is to have some of their favorite treats at hand. Take them for a walk and be ready to check them whenever they see other animals and want to give a chase. You can train them using a sound or whistle you make, then throw a treat at them when they make eye contact with you. Always keep the treats in the line of eye contact. Do this for as many times as possible or using as many treats as you can get. Over a while, your dog will start to associate the sound or whistle with a treat. This will help them to focus on your instructions. Whenever your dog starts chasing other animals, make the same sound, or say the same words, and they will understand that they need to retreat.

 

Train them using a stuffed animal

If the dog is too aggressive or the animal the dog loves chasing isn’t domesticated, you can train them using a stuffed animal that resembles the animal that they love to chase. This could be a rat, squirrel, or any other stuffed animal. Attach the stuffed animal to a string and shove in front of the dog unexpectedly. You should then drag it around as the dog naturally chases it. As soon as they start chasing, instruct them to leave the stuffed animal. This is the best way to train them to control their chase instincts.

 

Make your dog think you are always watching

Leave a stuffed animal unattended, then watch your dog from a distance. If they attempt to go towards the stuffed animal, shout ‘Leave it’ from across the room. This will make them think you have your eyes on them all the time.

 

Add a bell to your dog’s collar

Some people believe in tying the dead chicken killed by the dog on its neck. This isn’t entirely fair to the dog as the dead chicken may scare the dog or be an intriguing meal for the dog. This is also an act of animal cruelty. Instead of tying the dead animal to the dog’s neck, simply add a bell to their collar. The bell will signal any other animal that the dog is about to give them a chase and notify you about the whereabouts of your dog.

 

Change your walking routine

If there are wild animals along your route, then it would be best to change your routine. Wild animals are most active in the evenings and early mornings. You can opt to walk your dog during the afternoon to avoid running into wild animals and ending up in a chase. Dogs can chase larger animals such as deer and get injured in the process.

 

Keep animals that frequent your yard away

If animals like squirrels and birds frequent your yard, you should get rid of food sources such as grains that attract the animals. You can also use animal repellants to keep these critters away. Some people use orange and lemon peels to repel birds and squirrels.

 

Manage your dog’s energy

One way of controlling your dog is to control their energy. Keep your dog tired, especially before walks, to prevent them from chasing other animals. Walk them regularly to keep them tired. If they are tired, chances are they will be disinterested in chasing.

 

Give them an alternative

Dogs are predatory animals. They love to sniff and smell. Take advantage of this to give them an alternative. You can hide some food treats in several parts of your home and let them sniff and find the food. This game of hide and seek will keep them active and will help satisfy their chasing drive.

 

Observe your dog’s body language

Watch how your dog behaves, and over time, you will tell when they have spotted potential prey. If you take time to observe your dog, you will be able to get some cues when they have spotted an animal and are about to chase. These cues will help you stop the dog before they get on their heels.

 

Conclusion

Dog training needs patience. Dogs can be great company once both you and the dog have established a means of communication and necessary boundaries. We hope these tips will help you train your dog not to chase other animals. If you need extra help with the training, you can always find a professional dog trainer.

Planning to bring home a golden retriever puppy? If you have made this decision, then it is great to know essential tips on raising a golden retriever puppy. First, before you bring the puppy home, you need to make some decisions. These include where do you want to get the puppy from, how to choose the right and name suggestions.

Golden retriever puppies are adorable and interesting to live with. However, they need a lot of work to raise. This guide will help you understand more about raising, training and tips to keep your dog healthy.

 

  1. Think About Safety

Before you bring your puppy home, ensure that the place is safe for them as they may get troubled in their new home. The danger your puppy might land into are like chewing on chords or glass pieces and other items that are unnecessary. In case there are other dogs, make sure you separate them as they may start bullying the puppy. Let there be supervision whenever they are together.

 

  1. Conducive Sleeping Environment

Dogs also need enough time to sleep, in a conducive environment too. Some people choose to sleep with their dogs while other may get a room strictly for their puppies. Puppies may also be crate trained.

Always use a large crate so as to give enough space for your dog. There is also an option for buying your golden retriever puppy a dog bed and train him on how to use it.

 

  1. Food and Water Bowls

The bowls need to be clean throughout to avoid instances of food contamination for the dog. Ensure you buy bowls of a good material, those that do not break easily. Puppies are so playful and you might find them carrying the dishes around when they are empty.

The bowls should be resistant to breaking and should not be chewable. The water bowls should contain clean water all the time. You may at times find dog fur in the water and you need to remove it and replace the water with clean one.

 

  1. Containing Your Dog

In as much as your puppy will be in your yard, you need to contain him elsewhere to avoid unnecessary movements. You may do so by constructing a fence, mostly an invisible one. Alternatively, you may choose to tether your puppy. They should not be left on their own in open for longer periods.

 

  1. Use of A Leash and Collar or Harness

Training your golden retriever puppy is something gradual and this means that it will take some time for it to adapt to its new environment. Your puppy need to learn how to comfortably walk in a leash without really choking itself.

Buckle collars and martingale collars are the best options for your dog as they enhance comfort in your dog. Try getting your puppy a harness too. It reduces the pressure put to your dog on the neck by the collars. A harness will also prevent pulling.

 

  1. Groom Your Dog

Your golden retriever puppy needs to be well groomed throughout. Some of the grooming supplies include a dog brush for brushing its fur, dog nail clippers to keep its nails well-trimmed and dog shampoo to wash it.

 

  1. Dog Food

It is wise if you seek advice from a vet for the best food for golden retriever. When you are switching the diet, do it gradually to reduce the risk of it getting allergies and stomach upsets. Start by giving it puppy food and as it grows keep changing until it gets to feed on adult food.

 

  1. Only Give Enough Food

Your golden retriever is at a risk of being obese as they love eating a lot. The food your puppy consumes should be proportional to its age and weight.  If your puppy is below 6 months, ensure you feed it for three times in a day and if it is elder than that, feed it twice a day. Make sure there is consistency in the time of feeding.

 

  1. Occasionally Treat Your Dog

Your golden retriever needs to be treated once in a while. You may choose to add some dog biscuits or cookies in the meal. This will help in making the training easy for you.  You are also free to mix extras in your dog food so as to add and improve the taste of their food.

Some of the things you might add include chicken breast that is plainly cooked, canned pumpkin, canned dog food and plain yoghurt among others. Be sure to continue with this habit as the dog may not want to eat plain food once it gets used to foods with flavors.

 

  1. Pet Your Puppy and Avoid His Face

Dogs do not like their face touched. You should also not put your face in front of the dog’s face. Whenever it starts yawning and licking its lips, it means that you are too close and you need to move a bit. Whenever you are petting it, always pat gently on his side. The pats should also be gentle.

 

  1. Engage Your Golden Retriever Using Dog Toys

You may toss a ball and let your puppy retrieve it. This is the point you teach and train your dog on how to obey commands. Some commands your dog should know include ‘come’, ‘sit down’, ‘all done’, among others.

 

Conclusion

Golden retriever puppies are interesting to deal with. All you need to do is to understand them and give them the best care ever. Always ensure that they are in a good and safe environment. The environment should also be free from any form of dirt and contamination. Ensure you give the right food to your puppy and this should continue even as it advances in to adulthood.

Train your dog on the skills you want him to learn. Ensure the commands you give to your dog are well spelt out to enhance understanding. Keep your dog active by playing with it or providing it with play toys to free boredom.

There’s no denying that teaching your puppy how to walk with a leash is essential. As experts from My Sweet Puppy say, “It’s important for your pup to be obedient while leash walking, especially when you’re taking them around the neighborhood. An unruly dog lunging or pulling can cause a lot of problems with other dogs in the area. Not to mention, some dogs like to run and can get lost in their surroundings.”

After your puppy has mastered leash walking, it’s time for the next step – letting it off the lead. That way, your pup will, for example, be able to burn out the excess energy without you slowing it down. To help you and other dog owners who want to let their puppy off the lead, we created this 5-step guide. Follow it, and you’ll be able to go on lead-free walks with your furry friend in no time.

So, without any further ado, let’s just jump right into it.

 

Step 1: Start the Process In a Quiet, Enclosed Area

The first thing you want to do is getting your puppy used to not being on a leash. To do that, you should let it off the leash in a small, enclosed area – preferably your backyard, as it is already used to it. However, if you do not have a back garden, you can ask one of your friends or relatives to use theirs or go to a small, enclosed area in the park that is usually not visited.

When you are there, practice calling your dog’s name and getting it to come back to you. You have to keep in mind that it may be difficult at first, as many things, such as noises and smells, will probably distract it. Apart from getting your dog back to you, you can also practice getting it to sit once it returns to you so it will be attentive and still when with you. You can try using treats to get it to come to you.

 

Step 2: Take It on Walks with Loud Noises and Other Dogs

As we already mentioned – before your puppy gets used to coming to you after you call it, it will get distracted by many things. That’s why you should be taking it on plenty of walks so that it can get used to people, other dogs, and loud noises.

Once you are on the walk, call its name constantly, and try getting it to pay attention to you by using treats and commands (e.g., sit).

 

Step 3: Let It Off in an Enclosed Area with Other Dogs

Once your puppy is used to not being on a leash and being let off on its own, you can, again, let it off in a small, enclosed area, but this time with other dogs around. Many training facilities have secure areas where dogs can play with each other. However, if you’re not sure that it’s a good idea, you can always let your puppy run around your backyard with your friends’ dogs.

It doesn’t really matter which option you’ll choose – what matters is that your puppy gets used to socializing with other dogs while being let off the lead.

 

Step 4: Practice Recalling Your Puppy in an Enclosed Area with Other Dogs Around

While this might be the most challenging step, it needs to be taken. This way, you’ll teach your dog that it’s okay to play with other dogs, but as soon as you call it, it has to come back to you. Use treats whenever possible. After a while, your puppy will start listening to you.

If your puppy will be too busy playing with other dogs and won’t listen to your command, let it tire itself out first and then try again.

 

Step 5: Let It off on a Walk

Once your puppy has learned to react to your voice and listens to you when you give it simple commands, you can let it off the lead. If you’re still a bit skeptical, you can try letting it off on a quiet enclosed walk, such as a fenced-off pathway.

Remember that if you feel that you should put its lead back on, do it immediately – don’t wait until the last moment. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

 

Final Thoughts

Now you know all about letting your puppy off the lead – remember, practice is the key – practice with your puppy as much as you can, and soon you’ll be able to go on a walk with it without a lead on all the time.

With that being said, we have reached the end of our short guide. The only thing that we can say to you at this point is good luck!