By Nancy Cope
Dog chasing is most often motivated by your dogs’ strong prey drive.
Whether your dog is chasing a rabbit, a jogger, a car, or a tennis ball, it’s usually because the object has triggered your dog’s prey drive. But you can train your pet to stop dog chasing.
All dogs and wolves have this drive, which is instinctive and helps dogs hunt and find food, but some dogs have a stronger prey drive than others due to selective breeding. Many hunting dogs, for example, have a strong prey drive so they can find rabbits or other prey for the hunter.
Dogs who have a strong prey drive have a great sense of pleasure and fulfillment when they can exercise this drive. Herding dogs also have a strong impulse to chase things that move. Continue reading “Dog training: Stop dog chasing”