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
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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