How to Stop My Dog Running for Other Dogs

Is your dog constantly chasing after dogs? Are you worried every time you take them out for a walk? Do you want to be able to go out and encounter other dogs without being anxious about what might happen?

Of course, and who wouldn’t? But no worries, because in this article we’re going to cover everything you need to know. We’ll tell you exactly what’s going on in your dog’s head, and fill you in on everything you need to know. So without further ado, let’s get started on “How to Stop My Dog Running for Other Dogs!”

How to Stop Your Dog Running After Other Dogs

How to Stop My Dog Running for Other Dogs

To stop your dog running after other dogs, you’ll need to address their problem with dominance and refusing commands through behavioral training. For now, you can use these steps to get started on things:

  1. Keep your dog on a long line while at the park or other areas. When they begin to run, they’ll quickly be thwarted. They’ll soon get the idea that running after other dogs just isn’t going to work.
  2. Call them back to you with a “come” command (or something similar, just keep it consistent). When they do so, give them lots of praise and pets, plus a small treat.
  3. Be consistent and make sure that anyone else who spends time with the dog also follows these steps.

This should help you make a lot of progress with getting your dog to stop running after other dogs, but you’ll still have plenty of other behavioral problems that need to be addressed that are being caused by their dominance issue. You need to begin working on that right away also, as failure to do so will only lead to their problems growing and multiplying.

Let’s think about what your dog is essentially saying to you when they’re acting like this. It’s basically, “I get to do what I want, and what you tell me doesn’t matter!” Right?

And why would they think like that? Well, consider what makes dogs tick and has for thousands upon thousands of years. You’ve likely heard before that all dogs are pack animals, and that in every pack there is going to be a pack leader.

When your dog is doing want they want — like chasing after other dogs and not listening when you tell them to stop — they’re displaying to you that they view themselves as pack leader, and not you. They don’t respect your leadership or your decisions.

Left unchecked, things will only get worse and you’ll have more and more issues — and more and more serious issues — on hand to deal with. Things like barking aggressively, pulling you every which way on the leash, and even getting into dog fights are all very possible (if they’re not already happening).

“Alright, so how do I get a handle on this then?”

Well, you can put a stop to all of this by showing your dog that you are their pack leader — and a capable one at that. And there’s an excellent free video series I’d recommend on just that subject — how to be your dog’s pack leader — by a renowned trainer named Dan. And don’t worry, because everything is done in a 100% humane and loving manner (so no being mean).

Start watching Dan’s free training series now by clicking here. He’s made the videos for regular people like you, meaning that everything is done so that it’s very easy to understand and teach to your own dog, and he gets right to the point so that you’ll start seeing real progress with your dog in no time!

Why Does My Dog Run After Other Dogs?

Your dog runs after other dogs because it’s in their instincts. After all, dogs are cursorial mammals, meaning they are specifically adapted to run. This is often just a way for them to explore and play, and at those times wouldn’t be anything to worry about.

However, for some dogs, this can become a problem. If your dog is always running after other dogs, it can be difficult to control them and lead to things like jumping and biting. This could obviously get dangerous, and soon that overexcitement and “just playing” could lead to an actual dog fight.

When your dog doesn’t listen to your commands to stop, then that’s a behavioral problem. If not taken care of now, it could turn into something serious. Go back to the first section for more information on how to handle things then.

Is It Bad if My Dog Runs After Other Dogs?

It is bad if your dog runs after other dogs if they are doing so no matter what anyone else thinks and not listening to your commands to stop. When they are having fun at the dog park, that’s okay (provided the other dog is enjoying things too) and you don’t need to try to get them to stop (though the refusal of commands is still a problem).

You need to watch carefully though, because dogs running after other dogs can sometimes get too excited and become aggressive with the other dog. And when they are refusing your commands to stop, then obviously you have a potentially big problem on your hands.

If your dog runs after other dogs, is annoying them, and doesn’t listen when you tell them to stop, you have a behavioral problem that needs to be addressed right away. Failure to do so could lead to escalation and even more significant issues to deal with.

Go back to the first section to learn how to address this refusal of commands by your dog.

Will My Dog Grow Out Of Running After Other Dogs?

It’s possible that your dog will eventually grow out of running after other dogs (especially as they get to be a senior dog), but there is no guarantee. If your dog seems to really enjoy chasing and playing with other dogs, it might just be the way they like to play.

Remember that we’ve discussed that it isn’t always a bad thing for your dog to be running after other dogs. It only becomes one when your dog does so with dogs who do not want to play, or when they won’t listen to your commands to stop.

I’m sure you’re looking forward to being able to take your dog out without worrying about them chasing after other dogs, so I’ll let you get started. Thanks for reading this article, “How to Stop My Dog Running for Other Dogs!”

The Author

KB Williams

KB Williams

Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.