This can be a very difficult puppy training for many, especially for dogs bred to herd. It’s instinct for them to chase running children, bicycles or anything that moves away from them.
Then we have puppies of all breeds who are lured into giving chase just to join the fun and excitement of it. Whichever the case may be, chasing can be an extremely dangerous activity as he matures for all involved and should be a controlled activity.
If chasing has become a habit, correction will require the help of friends. You will be the one controlling your puppy with a leash, your friends will create the distraction.
Have a friend ride by on his bicycle or in a car (slowly). As soon as you feel your leashed canine friend become excited, get his attention by jerking the leash firmly saying “No.” If this does not stop him, have a bottle of water or squirt gun ready to douse him to gain his attention.
Another way would be to have the bike or car stop suddenly with screeching brakes.
You may have to repeat this several times a week. Mix up the distractions, have children run by or a car move slowly by. Make sure you increase the excitement with a lot of whooping and hollering each time.
Once your puppy will stand quietly and watch the activity, give him lots of praise.
Keep in mind – change locations as well, take your water bottle or squirt gun with you on a walk or to the park. Then move on to allowing him to be off leash to be sure he won’t give chase when free to do so. Training your puppy not to chase at any time or in any setting without your approval is the goal.
Now on the other hand, if you have a highly spirited puppy or one you will be training to herd, make sure you give him active exercise with your training as well as by playing a game of fetch. He will need to release that energy and will definitely enjoy getting your approval to run it out.