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Is your dog a total spaz for squirrels and just about everything that runs?
There is one tool or game I frequently use with terriers, who are known for their critter chasing drive. It teaches beautiful self-control and attention when your dog is in an intense frame of mind. Note, this game will NOT make your dog best friends with the household cat and they should always be under close supervision when in the same environment.
Here is an outline of how you can use this critter chasing game and toy to teach your dog to not chase critters.
Step 1. Encourage interest and drive for the toy.
Like any new sport, you will need to work your dog up to playing a full game. Start off with tug-o-war or fetch if your dog already knows one of those games, gradually add in more chasing and less tugging or catching of the toy. I often start without the wand, playing with the toy alone, working my way all the way up to the actual game of chase.
If your dog loves to chase it should only take one session to show them how the game works. I usually take a couple more sessions to develop an extreme drive. You want the dog to be so excited to play they will do anything for the chance to play one round.
Step 2. Start by saying Please!
Now that your dog is completely chase-crazy for the toy at the end of the lure, you are now in the driver's seat and can begin calling the shots. Before you ever put the toy down and let them run after it, ask for eye contact and calm behavior. Requesting that they sit or down can be helpful in the early stages. As soon as they hold eye contact with you for a few seconds and wait calmly, use a release word like "get it", drop the toy, and let them run.
At no point should you have to hold your dog to keep them from chasing the toy. Call them back after a minute or so and repeat. Your goal is to get their attention on you and to teach them they are not allowed to chase until cued to do so.
In the meantime, it is recommended that you prevent your dog from chasing critters when you have not released them. You can achieve this by keeping them on a leash when in the area of critters they might chase.
Step 3. Calling Away from Distraction.
When you have great control before a session you can then ask for a little more. Ask your dog to look at you and wait calmly while you place (slowly) the toy on the floor and move it a little. If the dog stands up and heads to the toy before being released then you can pull the toy up, or block the dog with your body, or both. You don't want your dog to get the toy before cued, EVER!
Gradually build up the intensity of the distraction (the toy on the lure) and the length of the waiting behavior. When your dog can wait beautifully while the toy is drug violently around them you can then start practicing back to back sessions. Asking them to wait and give attention to you then releasing to play, over and over again. Your end goal is you can call the dog to wait and never have to lift up or stop the toy.
Pretty soon your dog will listen even when on the hunt because this game practices their listening skills in the same frame of mind.
You can puches a lure toy here made by one of my favorte brands.