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    Default Puppy Chasing Cars from Behind the Fence??

    So as of this morning I have been observing my 4 month old puppy chasing cars from behind the fence. He watches them come up the street, then bolts along the front fence, barking at them.

    Any tips on how to stop this behaviour? my fear is of course if he manages to get out he will chase the cars.. not a nice thought.

    He has seen cars go past the house from 7 weeks old and this is the first time I have observed this behaviour.. He's also had plenty of outings where we sit him on the nature strip to observe vehicles going past. We reward him when he sits calmly. I have no idea where this behaviour has come from???

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    Is he a herding dog - the lure of a moving car / bike / jogger / truck / ride on mower will be very hard to resist. It's self-rewarding so it will get worse unless you prevent access.

    Any chance you can put him where he cannot keep doing this behaviour - like around the back. Or block the view somehow? Failing that, sometimes short fences or barriers put at right angles to the main fence takes the fun out of it.

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    He's half Australian Shepherd... he likes to herd my OH He has a thing for wheels but we continue to work with him using prams, bikes, trolleys etc.. This morning he didn't continue the behaviour. I'm thinking he may have done it out of boredom? We have a chain mesh fence that connects with a timber fence at the front. If i see him start up again I will put something up to block his view through the chain mesh part (as that was where he was watching the cars come up the street).

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    Hi Nibbler

    Keep up the training with the wheels and stuff. Maybe up the ante and find some roads that have regular cars travelling and keep him on lead and reward him for paying attention to you.

    Herders do like to chase things - and the whole activity is fun (self rewarding) for them so they will do it more and more often if they're given the opportunity. Maybe it's something he took up again because he had "nothing better to do". Definitely block the view - will help. Ie the less he has the opportunity to do it, the less he will remember (hopefully) how much fun it is. Usually takes a month - but sometimes longer - of zero chasing what they should not chase and lots of rewards for staying with you.

    My dog still forgets occasionally that she's not supposed to chase joggers. Usually when she didn't notice them approaching and they surprise her. Or they make noise like angry possum.

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    My dog also chases cars, will fully lunge at them when she's on the lead. I hate to think what would happen if she saw one and she was off lead.

    Shes a GSP so not a herding breed and I think for her its the allure of the chase, I'm trying to train her out of it but its proving difficult as just moving her where she cant see them wont really stop the problem.

    So if you have any success please let me know

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    I have a feeling that Murphy will also do this as he has a high drive in him and I have noticed him looking towards car or moving thing on our walks.
    But so far he had tugged on the lead with kids on those scooters and Skate boards and push bikes. I have corrected him on each time. And he knows that it isn't what I want from him.
    Just when I feel like he has got it, he will turn his head to look back at the bike or what ever it was. So I am going to have to watch him as he get older.

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    As Hya said it is self rewarding, but also, by chasing it they made it go away. So sometimes it is a bit of a protective/guarding thing at the same time.

    You might be able to teach the dog to focus on you and reward when the cars are around. It is what I have done with one of my bird chasing dogs. So now we can see a bird and she will look at me. I have actually taught her to now chase on command and pull her off. It is similar to teaching a dog to bark to stop it barking. So mostly get the focus on you with click/reward. And sometimes allowing it on cue, but stopping it halfway. This allows you to teach your dog control. Of course you first need to teach a good recall and "wait".
    We used to have problems with bike riders on our lane. I have now taught our dogs that it is not allowed and they need to focus on us and get rewarded.
    With the bike riders I also spoke to them and asked them to stop at our gate and call the dogs names, it stops the "good" feeling of chasing them away. You should have seen the confusion of the dogs when the bike rider called them by name when he was stopped. So sometimes you have to think of the why and try to find a solution. My dogs have a really good relationship with the bike riders now and it is wagging tails instead of barking. the guys ride past and say hello, sometimes they stop or at least slow down.
    This could be difficult with cars, if you live on a busy road. So the control and focus will need to be more for your dog.
    Desensitising like you are doing with wheels is a good idea, keep it up
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    Once more I am on about our old Heeler. I had her to the point where I also could say go and then she was off. I would call her off and she would return.
    I know that my new boy will understand this soon enough, I just have to wait for the brain cell to joint together. Then it will be sweet as.

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