How to Stop Your Dog From Chasing Cars

by on 15/12/10 at 10:38 am

Do you have a dog that chases cars? Do you want to keep your dog for a long time because you really like him and appreciate everything about him, except this one annoying habit? Keep reading. We’ll give you an idea that should stop him.

A dog chases cars most often if you live in a rural area with light traffic. He is loose and unattended, but you don’t worry about that because he stays in the yard. Lately, however, you have noticed him chasing cars.

If you observe him, you see that he lays down somewhere that gives him a vantage point of surveillance. He spots a car coming and believes it is a threat, so he runs to a certain point to get himself in position. The starting point and ending point of your dog’s actions are choices made by him, for reasons only he knows. As the car approaches, he starts running to pick up speed so he can run beside the car, barking and trying to scare it away. He stops at the end point, what we call the “feel good place”, and turns back to the house, placing himself in the same position as before to watch the road for the next intruder. His “feel good place” is a point he comes to where he feels he has accomplished what he set out to do and is confident and proud of himself because he believes he saved his family from the bad things that keep racing by the house. He chases them and they run away.

Dog Training Exercise

To stop your dog from chasing cars, you have to set him up. It takes a little planning on your part. Call a friend or neighbor to aid you because you need a strange car for the exercise. Find a large tin coffee can, paint can or a metal container that has a lid. Fill it about one quarter full of rocks and secure the lid.

  1. Make sure your dog sees you leave in your car. Drive your car to your friends or neighbors with your can of rocks.
  2. Switch cars and have your friend or neighbor drive you back to your house. You are now in the passenger seat with your can of rocks, your dog doesn’t know you are there, and he doesn’t recognize the car.
  3. You are traveling towards your house and you see your dog get into position beside the road, waiting to chase the car that you are in.
  4. You have passed the starting point and your dog is now chasing the car.
  5. Have the driver stop the car just before the dog’s “feel good place” (the end point where he turns back to the house)
  6. As soon as the car comes to a stop on the road, you jump out, throw the can of rocks at your dog and scream and yell at him, chasing your dog back onto your yard.
  7. When the dog finally recognizes you, he will stop and turn towards you. (If he keeps running past the house for the hills and doesn’t look like he’ll stop, have a good laugh and go to the next step.)
  8. At that point, you stop, turn, and walk back to the car, get in, and instruct your driver to take you back to where your car is.
  9. Wait about half an hour, then go home and act as if nothing has happened. Get out of your car, don’t say a word to your dog and go into the house.

Your Dog’s Thinking

When the car stops and you jump out, your dog may or may not know it’s you, he’ll be so shocked. The shock factor in this exercise is the primary catalyst in stopping your dog from chasing cars. You throw a noisy instrument that scares the heck out of him and then yell and scream at the top of your lungs and he just can’t get away from you fast enough, thinking you’re some crazy person. By this time he’s still not sure it’s you, because you aren’t supposed to be there. You left, remember? When he finally realizes who you are, he will turn to you and try to apologize, but you are walking away from him, back to the strange car, and leaving again. Whoa, what was that all about? He sits and watches you go, trying to think about and sort out what just happened.

Now he sees each car and wonders if you will be in that one, or that one, and he surely doesn’t want the same thing to happen again. The last thing he wants to do is make you mad at him.

Your Dog’s Safety

This method usually works very well and stops your dog from chasing cars. If he does it again, repeat the above steps one more time. Don’t worry about whether you hit him with the can of rocks or not, think of what you will be faced with if someone actually hits your dog with their car while he thinks he is protecting you or your property. The chances are great that if he continues to chase cars, he will be in doggy heaven much too soon. Sometimes we have to protect them from their own well intended actions.

We hope you found this article informative and helpful if you have a dog that chases cars. We feel that if it helps at least one dog learn a lesson and stops chasing cars, we have accomplished what we set out to do. Keep a dog safe and alive.

Donna White is an experienced and responsible dog owner, retired dog breeder and wife to a retired Police Dog Trainer. It is your responsibility to keep your dog safe and healthy. We consider a dog’s safety an important part of our duty to our dogs, which is why we carry dog safety products at and Visit our websites for more informative articles and products for your dog.

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  • Phyllis Beene

    You were doing well until you said "throw the can at your dog!." You could injure or kill your dog if you hit him with that can. Just get out of the car and shake the can hard. that alone will scare the dog. You don't have to hurt him to have him learn.

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