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Why Do Dogs Chase Cars?

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Why Does My Dog Chase Cars? Chasing cars, bicycles, joggers or in fact anything that moves, is an instinctive behaviour in dogs.

The animal’s predatory nature is stimulated by moving objects.

If your dog is one of the herding breeds then it has exceptionally strong instincts to herd and control moving objects such as animals and young children.

Dogs also chase other dogs, balls, frisbees or even their owners as part of a response to play. All dogs love to chase and be chased in return.

It is important that you establish control over your dog’s natural chasing instinct.

A dog chasing a car is not only putting its own life in danger but also the lives of the cars occupants. It is your responsibility to exercise control over your dog even if he does have a strong predisposition to chase anything that moves.

All dogs should be trained to “drop” or “down” on command especially those that enjoy chasing objects. Dogs that chase cars are often severely injured or face an untimely death.

The instinctive behaviour to herd is hard wired into the dog’s brain and cannot be removed. However it can be controlled with proper reward based training.


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