Why do dogs run after moving vehicles?

A dog chasing cars can mean serious trouble.

Most of the time, these dogs are in “prey mode” trying to catch the wheels. The risk of being run over is very high. Chasing cars can therefore become a dangerous ordeal, with a quick and nasty end. A dog shouldn't be allowed to chase cars anyway! Dogs should always be on a dog leash in the event of misconduct. If a dog is left alone outside got tohe must be housed in a secure, fenced-off area. Just letting it run around like that is definitely not an option.Even so, even dogs on a leash tend to chase dogs. The solution to this is: leadership! A dog shouldn't pull on its owner, nor should it chase things. He has to stay with his owner and be in control. What if your dog pulls you to another dog and hurts them? Or worse, what if your dog pulls and the leash slips out of your hands to chase a child? A dog that moves on loan to chase cars is generally a dog with a strong prey drive, it tends to chase anything that moves. It can be quite a challenge to train such a dog to stop running after cars. The dog has to learn to focus on something else because he is improperly conditioned. In other words: A dog owner should try to confront his dog with cars as often and as much as possible in order to teach the dog that cars are no longer interesting. A good place to start is putting your dog on a leash and visiting streets that are less busy.When a car approaches, the dog owner must be ready to prevent the chase. Physical cues such as forward-facing ears, anxiety, and a tense body should be carefully observed. Try different approaches to see what works best.

1) Use good treats

As soon as a car approaches, draw your dog's attention by showing them their favorite treats, but don't give them. The timing is very important here!Trade before the dog recognizes the car and prepares for the hunt - show your dog the treat and lead the dog around you sideways, pull the treat (almost by the nose), but still don't give it to him. His attention should be fully focused on this reward.Once the car has passed you, you are welcome to give him the treat. (We have had good experience with ham sausage cut into small pieces)

2) Redirect attention to other things

If your dog is not fixated on treats, try to keep your dog on a leash and make yourself interesting. Your dog is walking next to you then suddenly and abruptly change directionbut don't look at the dog. Walk unimpressed in the direction you have taken and pull the dog behind you. Do this repeatedly until the dog is completely focused on you. Short dog leashes are an advantage here. Once you have mastered this exercise, try exactly the same when a car drives past you. Your dog should concentrate on you (!), Not on the car.The more you do this, the less important the car becomes. But also be consistent with yourself and the dog. “Between the door and the hinge” is no solution, the dog has to internalize that - and so do you. That takes some conditioning through repetition.

3) Have your dog wait in the "sitting position"

When a car approaches, have your dog sit down and tell him to stay in that position. The prerequisite for this is, of course, that you have taught your dog this in the dog school or through your own dog training. If not, this is the first exercise you have in front of you. In the stay position, show the dog the favorite toy, a treat, or something else that draws his attention.The dog has to stay seated! The dog has to concentrate on what is shown, while he relaxes significantly more in this sitting position than if he were standing. If the car is driving past in the background, reward his attention by giving him the treat or dog toy. It takes a lot of time, patience, and effort to condition a dog so that it doesn't run after prey. Correct timing is a very important factor. If he has already noticed the car and you only then start with the exercise and the treat, it is already too late! The dog may mistakenly believe that this is his reward for chasing the car wanted.

Never forget: it's a dog! Don't expect real understanding or complex thought processes

As such, when behavior problems have arisen, avoiding a particular situation (like chasing cars) is not the right solution. The use of keroscopic techniques using collars, gentle guiding, serrated collars, etc. can be helpful. The basic rule is that no dog may be injured or harmed in the process!This is also only allowed (if at all) by people with the appropriate training. Under no circumstances should you try it yourself if you have no idea! The exercise is basically called: You have to have or learn leadership skills. You need to have the ability to control your own dog even when he's facing a problem. That always means investing time, but it's worth it! If the problem no longer exists, you have a more respectful and attentive dog that also trusts you.
If your pet is sick, see a veterinarian for a physical exam. If your pet has behavior problems, a second opinion should always be obtained or a professional behavior scientist should be consulted.