Training a Puppy to Stop Chasing Little Dogs

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: May 25, 2018

In this Omaha puppy training session we worked with Halo a nine-month-old German Shepherd puppy who needed help to stop chasing little dogs across the invisible fence.

When I arrived I chatted with Halo’s guardian about his main puppy behavior concerns. He said that his only concern was that Halo sometimes wanted to go across their invisible fence boundary to chase and play with smaller dogs that walked by. Since we didn’t have a smaller dog to work with at the time- we improvised! I decided to help Halo learn to look to his guardian for direction by teaching him the focus exercise and then throwing the ball over the invisible fence to teach him impulse control. To see how we did this you can watch the video below.

As you can see in the video above Halo did a fantastic job! He picked up on the exercise very quickly! The next steps will be to have the guardian spend more time across the invisible fence boundary and work with Halo so he continues to build his self control. The guardian can work with anything that would temp Halo to cross the boundary.

By the end of the session Halo was respecting the invisible fence boundary and looking to his guardian for leadership and direction. He was learning how to drop the ball on command, which will be helpful to motivate him during these exercises. Like many dogs Halo is very toy motivated so his guardian can use his ball as a reward for good behavior. We wrapped up this puppy behavior session with Halo’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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