How to train your dog not to run away
How to train your dog not to run away, We all fear the unthinkable. That our dog could get loose or run away and get hit by a car, or not able to find their way home. So we have to make sure we take the necessary steps to make sure our dog doesn’t run away or have the chance to. Why do dogs feel the need to run away. Us are owners need to identify the proplem and try to solve it, so why and how can we stop our dogs from running away and how to train your dog not to run away?
- Familiar home
When you move your pooch to a new home, they sometimes get confusd and don’t really understand why they are in a strange place. All they really know is that there in a new place, and they want to get back to there familiar place they called home. What you can do not to make your dog flip out at your new home is make it familiar to them, surround your house with the smells your dog was used to. Let your dog to sniff out there new house but keep a watchful eye on them, maybe use a leash for awhile to try and get them familiar with there new surroundings. You will be able to tell if your dog is happy. If you move to a busy metropolis area from a suburb it can scare the dog into running away. Any quick change of enviorment, or if they don’t have anywhere to roam. This could be helpful in training your dog not to run off. May take some time, but use positive reinforcements to help your dog adjust.
More common among male dogs, but females can wonder off and go try to satisfy there needs. You can’t really train your dog not to run away because there in heat,it is an urge, and they are not going to listen. You might want to fix the proplem and get them neutered or spayed.
- Boredom or Being Lonely
Dogs are very social and they always want attention, and something to keep them occupied. So your dog could try to take off if there not getting enough attention, or they are lonely. If you have a really busy schedule try to find some time to play, pet, and take a dog on a walk. Make it a priority to show your dog love and affection to strengthen your bond, then most likely your they won’t take off.
Another reason why dogs take off , is because they are trying to get away from something scary. Dogs can get scared of loud noises or strange sites. When you find yourself in a situation, for example if your dog is scared of fireworks, make sure they have a comfortable and safe area for them. That way they will feel safe, and not want to run away.
- Something gets them excited
If your walking your dog and a cat comes in the view, they might try their hardest to get loose. This could happen with anything like a rabbit, squirrel, or even a mouse. They will want to get it at any cost. This is the reaction that is instinctual for them. This can happen on a walk or even in your backyard. Some training and work with your them can help train them not to take off after something. Try training with a fake cat or fake rabbit ( please do not use a real cat or rabbit) not run after them, and keep them calm.
- To easy
Another reason for your dogs to run away is because its too easy for them, the fence might be too low and they can jump over it or can dig a hole and get out. There is a chance they will take advantage of a situation that they can get out. They could get bored with your back yard and want to explore other yards. Fix up broken fences and make sure that the fence is high enough fence for them not to be able to jump over. Line your fence so they will not be able to dig a hole and Make sure your pooch is contained when you open doors. ( Remember dogs are fast) Always reward your dog when they come back. If your dog returns don’t yell at them, you and your dog need to develop trust. Yeling at them may make them not want to listen to you the next time.
Some other reasons your pooch might try to escape
- Separation Anxiety
- Escaping from mistreatment
- Lack of training
- Following a scent
- Psychological problems or No- Socialization
Some ways to help your dog not to run away
- Make an area where your dog has space, where its warm, comfortable, and quiet.
- Make sure you bond with your dog. Play with your pooch as much as possible with walks, stimulation, and most important love.
- Provide your pooch with socialization
- Training this is the key point, not only for great stimulation, but sets you up as a good owner
- Toys in the yard will occupy the pooch’s mind
How to secure your dog from running away
- Install self closing doors and gates, definetly a worth while investment.
- Secure you yard and make sure its impossible for them to escape.
- Get your dog neutered or spayed
- Block off triggers they can see through the fence ( black plastic sheeting)
- Get your dog used to triggers and phobias
- Obedience training
This should help with your dog from running away. If you need more assistance, you can always ask your vets opinion on what you should do. Thinking about your dog running away can be super stressful. Make sure your pooch has an ID tag on at all times with name, number, and address. So if your pooch does get loose, then someone will know who your pooch belongs to.
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