Dogs enjoy chasing thingsā€”it's instinctive and fun for them. Their early predecessor, the wolf, did it for survival.

Your dog can learn to contain his impulse to chase people, cars, and other animals, but he will need your help. Organized setups and well-defined displacement games, as described in chapter 9, will help you channel your dog's impulsiveness.

They scream, fall when pushed, and pull back when grabbed; what's not inviting about that? To teach your dog not to chase children, gather them up and decide what games they might play to help redirect your dog's enthusiasm. Surefire hits include Soda Bottle Soccer (see page 151) and Swing Toss (see page 150).

Next, practice the following exercise, with the dog on a six-foot lead and then on a retractable leash or a long line.

O Stand just behind your dog and ask the children to enter the room and run back and forth in front of him (not around in a circle).

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3 When the kids hear NO, they should freeze for three seconds. As they do, instruct your dog BACK behind your heel and praise him for complying.

4 Repeat the sequence until your dog learns to contain his impulse to chase.

5 Take the exercise outside. Practice on your six-foot lead to start, quickly progressing to standing at further distances (with a retractable leash or a long line) from him as he catches on.

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