It’s a Dog. They Chase Stuff. So What?
If you’ve ever found yourself struggling at the end of a leash while your dog lunges after and barks madly at a squirrel, or worse, raced in desperation after a dog disappearing into the distance, you know how serious Chase can be.
Dogs chase lots of things. Small animals, other dogs, light reflections, even the leaves moving in the wind. The bottom line is this: your Dog is Trigger by Movement. The instant she notices something moving, her brain shoots into hyperdrive and she’s off like a firecracker on the Fourth of July.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
You can reshape her brain to respond to movement differently. She’ll always notice movement, but with a reshaped brain, she’ll respond with interest then quickly move on. All you need is the right GamePlan that teaches the right lessons.
Lesson 1: Proximity
When your dog values being close to you above just about everything else, you become the center of her world. She learns to check with you. Things outside a small moving bubble of that surrounds you are no longer all that important.
Lesson 2: Disengagement
Dogs that are hard-wired to Chase struggle to Disengage from a moving object. They don’t know how to ignore it, and they certainly don’t know how to let it go. We can change that.
Lesson 3: Confidence and Optimism
Some dogs Chase when they are unsure of themselves. She notices movement, and rather than waiting to see if this movement is unsafe, she plunges in thinking that if she doesn’t react, the worst is sure to happen. It’s as if she assumes every movement is a bear about to eat her. We can change that, too.
Lesson 4: Mastering Arousal Levels
When your dog understands how to manipulate their arousal levels successfully, and more importantly, how to think when highly aroused, random, rapid, and erratic movement becomes less important.
With the right Games teaching these important lessons, your dog begins to see movement in an entirely new way.
Are you ready to be Sexier than a Squirrel?
Rebecca Porter has been fascinated by dogs for decades, but it took a frantic mixed breed to send her on a journey into innovative and real life solutions in dog training.