How To Stop from Chasing Cars?

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Out of the blue Willow has decided it's fun to chase cars ! We live in a small town and she always stays close to me when out in the yard, the other day she just randomly bolted and stated chasing a car down the road ! how do i stop this ? 

I let her out of the fenced in portion of our yard so she can get more exercise and would like to continue doing so ,will i not beable to continue this ? 

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That's a pretty easy answer and solution.  Don't allow her off-leash until you can control her!

 

 I would never let a dog loose if you aren't positive she will stop at your property line as much for her safety as anything.    I know you said small town but what if a car was coming the other way?   

 

Work on her recall by getting a nice long lead...we have 25' one we use out front with Rocky.  He has plenty of freedom but cannot pass the sidewalk or into neighbors yards.   Give her more and more room and work on calling her back or at least getting her to stop immediately.   Add distractions like cars, bikes, etc and continue using the lead until you are 100% sure she will stop and return to you.  if you aren't 100% then don't let her off-leash. 

 

I'm 95% sure Rocky would stop but I won't risk that 5% by leaving him out for more than a few minutes without the lead on.

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I live in a small town, too, but I never EVER let my dogs out of their fenced environment unless they are leashed---even going from the house to the car, they are on a leash.  Mine dont necessarily chase cars, but if a cat or a squirrel would be in their line of vision across the street, they both would take off like a bullet with no regards whatsoever to whether a car was approaching them or not.  Not worth the risk to me.

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Ditto here. I thought it would be fun for Sofia to run to the drive way to meet and greet her Dad ( she hears his car before I do and waits with a blurry nub for him to come in the door)

There she was all prancy dancy.. "Dad's  home... Dad's home ♫♫.."

I let her out and she zoomed toward him, caught the sight of a squirrel and did a 180 into the street before even getting to Mike. No cars were coming, thank God, but it was a scary lesson.

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I'd say unless you have an invisible fence (and even that wont stop a determined doberman with a high prey drive always) you're best bet for your dog's safety is either in the fence or on a leash.  Period.

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It's fun to chase things that move..... We have a big yard with the inviable fence system and lots of cars, trucks, equipment moving about, not to enchain the lawn guy on a zero turn mower, Oh and Kids on the four wheeler... lots of fun. We work on getting use to being around moving things with out chasing them and learning to stay clear of them. The four wheeler is the hardest, he sees the kids and tries to chase but stops with a reminder. Now for the lawn guy... we are working on it.

My suggestion is to go to a busy place with moving cars, trucks, bikes and sit, watch them. Maybe a friend will join you with there dog. Sitting and watching from a safe distance. On a leash of course. I see it as needing to be desensitised.

I lost a king Shepard to the highway, it was horrible. My husband took him to work one morning and he usually stays right with him, but something caught his eye and off he went, before we could call him to safety a truck with a trailer came flying by and before our my husbands eye's it happened. Never before did this dog go onto a road, he even would sit at the end of the driveway while I walked across to get our mail. ( our road was a dead end ) but this time, just once he did. My husband carried him all the way to his truck even though he was 110pd. He was crushed to see his last breath.

Sorry for the sad story.

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OMG Everything..

so so sad to read that. All it takes is a split second for an eternity of heartbreak.

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I totally agree with Ziva's Dad. All of my dogs until Libby would stay in the yard - but I was 500 feet off the road. When Lib was young, she would stay with me, but when she hit 6 or so, she decided our walk around 120 acres was NOT enough. She took one look down the driveway, and said, well, I'll be right back!!!

And ran down the drive, and across the road.  That was the end of her running loose. The dogs had a big fenced yard to play in, and from that day on, none of them have ever been outside the yard without a leash on. I don't care how well trained a dog is - they are still a dog, and love to chase things - some more than others. All of my Dobes loved to chase, even if it was just for the sheer joy of running.

It's not worth it to me - I would never forgive myself if one of my dogs was running loose and got hit by a car.

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DUH lol dont even know why i asked this question , i just enjoyed seeing her run freely, and now she is only allowed out on lesh after that incident ! Thanks lori  , i will definitly get a training lead and work on recall and also the desensitising ! I did'nt think of that ,as much as i walk her and take her w me that she would need desensitising but w the chasing i totally agree