You can use the Remote Trainer very effectively to cause the dog to associate strong displeasure with chasing. However, this training will generally discourage him from chasing only the particular thing you corrected him for chasing. For example, if you have corrected him for chasing cars, this will not carry over and prevent him from chasing cats. You must correct him for chasing each thing you don't want him to chase.
If your dog already has a habit of chasing, breaking it might be difficult. You must be careful to correct every chase once you start your training. You might need to do this many times before the dog will believe that chasing is always unpleasant.
The instinct to chase is very strong in some dogs and they may eventually regress and start chasing again. More corrections with the Remote Trainer may be needed.
Dogs usually require a higher level of intensity to stop chasing than for other problem behaviors because they're so excited when they're in hot pursuit. Bear in mind that your dog will be surprised by the correction, and you won't know which way he'll go when he breaks off the chase. So chase training requires care. Don't plan your chase training in an area where your dog could be hit by a car or be in danger because of other hazards.
If your dog has already been trained to come on command with the Remote Trainer, he will tend to want to return to you when you use the collar to correct him for chasing. Therefore, we recommend that you first train the dog to "COME" with the Remote Trainer before you begin using it to stop chasing.
Pay special attention to using the collar to reinforce the "COME" command around very tempting distractions, especially those that encourage the dog to try to leave the training area. Give the dog plenty of opportunities to learn that turning back towards you "turns off" the collar stimulation.
Keep in mind that a chasing dog is traveling fast. It may take some time for the dog to come off the chase. Don't set up a situation that allows the dog time to catch what he is chasing before he notices the correction.
Special Intensity Considerations for Stopping Chasing
Select an intensity level that is one level higher than the one you selected for your dog in the section "Intensity Selection Tips." (If you are stopping chasing inside the house, you may not need the higher level - just start with your dog's pre-selected level of intensity.)
Some dogs are too excited when they chase to feel the lower levels. If you find that the dog ignores the correction the first time you use it, increase the intensity level again. If your collar model allows you to change the intensity at the transmitter, immediately switch to a higher intensity if the dog appears to ignore the correction.
Lesson Plan to Stop Chasing
Set up a situation in which you know the dog will chase. As soon as he starts in pursuit, press the continuous stimulation button. Hold it down until the dog gives up his chase.
Remember that your continuous stimulation will "time out" (turn off automatically) after about 8 seconds (4 seconds with certain models - consult your Owner's Manual about the time-out feature). If your dog has not broken off the chase after a few seconds, release the button for one second and then press it again so that the collar won't time out. You should press and release the continuous button in this fashion until the dog gives up his chase.
Chasing - Summary of Steps
- Train "COME" with the Remote Trainer before using it to stop chasing.
- Start with an intensity one level above your dog's normal intensity level.
- Set up situations in safe areas that will cause the dog to chase; be ready to use the Remote Trainer as soon as a correction is needed.
- When the dog starts to chase, press and hold the continuous stimulation button until the dog stops chasing.
- If the dog doesn't break off his chase after a few seconds, "pump" the continuous button.
- If the dog doesn't respond to the correction, increase the intensity again.
- Repeat in several locations.
- During the training period, do not give the dog a chance to chase unless you can correct him with the Remote Trainer.
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