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Running Away

Dogs do not purposely run away. However, it is instinctive for them to keep on the move. An open door, an unlatched gate, or an off-leash experiment is all it takes to encourage a mischief-maker to seize the opportunity.

Why Dogs Run Away
  • Accessibility - If they are not restrained, most dogs will run out an open door. Why shouldn't they?

  • Smells - A dog will run after the scent of other animals (especially when in season) and food.

  • Distractions - A dog will follow a car, jogger, kids, and any other activity that gains his attention.

  • Nervousness - A dog that is uneasy in his home will run away, given the chance.

  • Fear - Loud noises (fireworks) will frighten a dog and cause him to run away.

Proper Training Technique
Place a slip collar and leash on your dog and start out the door to face the endless array of temptations. As soon as your dog makes the effort to run, initiate a corrective jerk and tell him no. Use a gentle tone with a shy dog and a firmer tone with a stubborn dog. Praise him for responding.

Self-locking devices on doors and gates are a good first step, but nothing is better than formal obedience training. A happy, contented home environment is also a big help.


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