BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

How to Keep Your Dog From Running Away: Why Does Fido Wants to Go And How You Can Stop Him?

Running away dogs
John Walton
Written by John Walton

It is funny how we may not understand dogs sometimes. We provide them a safe, warm place, large meals, a company and care, yet, if given the chance, they may wander who-knows-where and make us chase and look for them. Numerous dogs in asylums are in there in light of the fact that they fled from home and are never asserted. It is one of the greatest stresses to numerous pooch proprietors, who battle with needing to give their puppy flexibility to run and play and keep them safe in the meantime.

A puppy that runs can get hit by a car, be stolen, or assaulted by another creature or wind up at a shelter. Fortunately, there is a solution for this issue, as we always provide one for you. Read through this article and find out about ways on how to keep your dog from running away.

Why would a dog run away?

If it ever happened to you that Fido ran away, you are probably wondering what the reasons are for that. Here is the list with explained reasons of why do dogs run away.

The dog is new and not used to not being free

If you have recently adopted a dog that is fully or partly grown, they may be unfamiliar with the new location and not used to calling it a home. If it was a stray dog, he has never faced a situation where he is caged or surrounded with a fence, so it is very likely that he or she will desire his freedom back even though you have offered him the dream life for a canine.

Dog consantly running away

Do not give up on him it takes time and patience for your dog to learn to live by the rules you have set up.

Fido is lonely

Is your pooch closed in a small fence with none around and nothing to play with? Well, the home and food are not enough for your canine to be happy, they are pack animals and they need company else they will get lonely and bored. Spending time with your pet is extremely valuable for him and required to keep him waving his tail.

Doggie is looking for a mate

It’s that time of a season! This is usually the problem with male dogs, the females may want to roam only when they are in heat, and even that is less likely. Males, however, are in matting season whenever they smell the scent of a bitch in heat. It is a natural process, and we cannot blame our pets for wanting to go out and “do their duty” with the females. This situation, especially with pets that are not neutered, is often very tough to control, as male canine’s urge to mate is extremely strong.

Your pet has plenty of unused energy

10 minute walks are not enough for your pooch to use all the energy they have. Our four legged friends require long walks, playing and exercising. Also, if your pet is one of the hyperactive dog breeds, low activity is definitely the reason why your pet would try to run away.

A lot of unused energy

Some breeds, like Siberian Huskies, just like to run, run and run, and that may be the leverage for their break.

He or she got scared

Something or someone may have scared your canine so his instincts told him to run. If the pooch does not feel safe, he will surely look for a safer environment for him. This often happens after fireworks, thunderstorms, loud neighborhood, other pups passing by or a person being mean to a pooch.

He has access to the outside

Your gate is always open? Well, it is natural that your dog will not feel restricted and will try to wander around to mark its territory and sniff with other canines.

Rover wants to hunt

Being descendants of wolves, dogs have very strong hunting instincts. This is the urge that is in their blood, and looking for a prey is something they find both attractive and obligatory.

Keep in mind that roaming is usually very rewarding for your four legged friend. Sometimes, the leftovers in the neighborhood are tastier than the kibble he eats every day. The holes they dig, the territory they mark, the social activity with other pooches, everything that is either forbidden or restricted for your dog is offered on a plate to your Rex, and that must be exciting and fun for him.

Which dogs usually run away?

Generally speaking, guard and herding dogs are those that will stay and sleep at your porch even though your yard is not fenced. They are very territorial and will stick to their ground even without being trained.

Hunting pups are bred and trained to lure for the scent, so, naturally, they will roam and look for the prey. They are not expected to stay put.

Hunting pups grounded with chain

The worst in this category would be the so-called pack dogs, those that are bred to be in packs, and spent most of their time pulling sleds or traveling long distances. These puppies are not even recommended to be put off leash in an area that is not fenced unless properly trained.

Another interesting fact is that younger pups are much more likely to run away than elderly canines, I guess from obvious reasons.

You are probably wondering if your pooch is the type that would roam and run around if given the chance. To ease your research, we have prepared a list of dogs that are most likely to roam. The list was made according to the research and the survey among the dog owners.

  1. Siberian Husky – these dogs are often called the escape artists as they will always find a way to avoid obstacles, open the gate, dig a hole under the fence or simply jump over it.
  2. Alaskan Malamute
  3. Labrador retriever
  4. Jack Russell
  5. German Shepherd
  6. Cocker Spaniel
  7. Border collie
  8. West Highland terrier
  9. Yorkshire terrier
  10. Boxer

Have you recognized your dog among these? If you did, it is time to do some prevention, if your pooch has already escaped before the part you have been waiting for has come. The methods to teach and train your dog not to run away consist of two parts: general part, that tells what every owner should provide for his dog, and the specific part that will address the cause of the roaming.

General tips for prevention of escaping

A leash saves you from chasing

You should dependably keep your puppy on a lead when going out for a walk. Pick the lead which is most adjusted to the size and physical action your pooch; this can be short, long, extendible, outfit sort, and so on. Whatever your decision, with it you can walk around your companion serenely and without episodes. What’s more, recall the utilization of leads is required in urban communities, so you will likewise spare yourself the fine.

Should I leash

On the off chance that your puppy has the propensity for pulling it must learn not to do as such and show it to stroll alongside you.

Basic needs

Every living being needs a happy place to call a home. Make sure that your precious Rover has more than basic requirements for living like, a clean dry place to sleep, access to fresh water and enough food are essential to keep your dog from roaming and seeking for those necessities.

Entertainment

Basic requirements are just a thing to start with. If your pooch is in a fenced area with nothing and no one to play with, he will soon get bored and try to find something to humor him. Bond with your new pooch and play with him. Games like fetch, chase, and tug-of-war are just some examples of numerous ways to spend time with your dog and let him use that energy and feel happy and satisfied. Take Rover for a long walk every day and pet him more often. If this was not part of your daily routine, it will create a positive change in both your lives.

Shroud treats that he needs to discover

Make smart toys by covering treats in a sandbox and let your canine burrow to discover the sustenance

Solidify an ice obstruct with delectable goodies of sustenance in it and let your canine lick it as it melts.

Socialization

You like to hang out with other people, right? Well, you are probably guessing right, your dog also needs a company. Take your dog to a dog park, or call a friend that owns a dog to visit you. The joy of spending time with another dog, playing, sniffing and chasing around will satisfy the need your dog has and increase the chances of him not wanting to ever leave your yard.

Obedience

For every dog owner, obedience training is the key to successful relationship with your pup. From the very first moment he is taken to his home, your dog must know who the alpha in the pack is and respect every command and decision you make. Few sessions of 10-15 minutes training a day will make your dog wait for your permission for everything he does, and well trained dogs will never even think of escaping your backyard or apartment.

Obidient dog in appartment

You must teach your canine to come when you call it. It is a fundamental lesson in canine instruction, and in the event that it figures out how to do as such it is less inclined to get lost. The most ideal approach to instruct your furry companion is with nourishment prizes. Pick its most loved rolls or treats so when it notices these it will come quickly. When you go out for a walk around with your puppy take your pack of prizes with you and guarantee they are exceptionally appealing, and at whatever point your pet obeys give it one.

It is additionally imperative not to call a pooch when it’s for something the puppy may relate as being negative. Just call him for positive things and go straightforwardly to get him/her when it is something he o her may not care for.

Restricting the exit

Make sure your fence is not easy to jump over for your dog, in case it is, invest in making it higher. Keep your gate closed and locked, I’ve seen dozens of dogs that learned how to open a gate with their paws in no time. Self closing gates are a fine idea and great measure to prevent your canine from chasing out the wide open gate someone has left.

Tips for specific situations

Remove the sex drive

Neuter your boy, or if you own a female dog, spay her, that will prevent her scent of attracting dozens of other male dogs around your house.

Spraying and neutering infographic

Your dog is exposed to limitless dangers when roaming, and the best possible outcome, besides him returning home, is that you find him in a local animal shelter. Mating instincts are extremely hard to control, so by neutering or spaying your dog we remove the urge every being is born with.

Remove the reward gained for escaping

If it is food left in the trash, increase the bonus he usually gets. If those are some other dogs, call local animal control center so stray dogs will be taken into a shelter. The important factor with roaming dogs is that they face the new environment that proved to be rewarding, so they have no reason to fear of repeating the action nor can your dog see dangers that lure on every corner.

Reward your dog for coming back

Do not make your dog feel sorry for coming back. If he returned, it is time to reward, not punish the poor, confused creature. Give him a treat, praise him and give him a big hug so he will know that coming back was a good thing.

You are the one that gets out first

First and foremost, anticipate escapes by having your dog on rope or inside at whatever point the door opens. At that point hone by conveying her to the entryway on a leash. Request her to sit then reach for the handle. When she begins to get up, take your hand back and request her to sit once more. Go after the handle. Rehash, rehash, rehash until he can hold up quietly till you give her the alright to go. Continue practicing without a leash until completely mastered. This will make your pup stay inside the area until you give the sign.

Stop the digging

A standout amongst the most well-known routes for canines to escape from fenced-in ranges is for them to burrow a sufficiently major space to creep under the divider or entryway.

Digging under fence

You can diminish the possibilities of this occurrence by setting a steel wall or vast shakes along the edge of the yard, or by covering chicken wire under the ground at the base of the wall so they can’t burrow through it.

Try a sport with your dog

Any activity like agility, bikejoring or swimming has an amazing effect on both you and your dog.

The energy used will make your dog think only about his comfy sheets where he sleeps and the food bowl.

Give him or her a collar with a tag

In case your dog gets lost, you would want someone to contact you in case your dog is found. Leave a dog tag with information on how to get in touch with you.

 Microchipping is another great solution

Not only this is obligatory in some countries, but it also saves a lot of time and effort in finding a missing dog. Invest in your four legged friend so he will be more secure and easier to find even when roaming.

How microchip works

Pooches fleeing, meandering, pursuing, getting away or not returning when called are an exceptionally normal issue for us canine partners. In spite of the fact that this fleeing conduct fulfills large portions of your canine’s senses and is a totally regular thing to do, it is likewise absolutely unsatisfactory and hazardous in today’s quick paced world.

Wandering or fleeing conduct can be a dubious issue to pivot. One of the greatest issues we confront when tending to this issue is that every time our pooches get out and investigate the world they really get compensated for doing as such. They get the opportunity to attack your neighbors garbage receptacle, pursue the feline from adjacent or hang out with some different puppies… you get the thought.

That is the reason fleeing is regularly called a “self compensating conduct”. Essentially this means once a canine gets into the propensity for fleeing/ getting away (and getting compensated for it) it can be an exceptionally troublesome conduct to stifle.

About the author
John Walton
John Walton

John Walton lives in Somerville, MA, with his two dogs, two sons, and very understanding mate. He is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a mentor trainer for the Animal Behavior College, an AKC Certified CGC Evaluator, and the Training Director for the New England Dog Training Club.

  • Jane Lewis

    While we keep our dogs very safely contained in our house, the chances of them running away is still there. I’m pretty glad for this article that pretty much rekindles the caution we may have been lax about. I just wish dealing with dogs who ran away were tackled a bit more. Nonetheless it is an informative article!

    • John Walton

      Thanks for your feedback, Jane. Indeed, we don’t want to take chances because we really might lose our dogs if we’re not cautious enough.

  • Hilary Reddy

    Yeah, even if I know my dog loves being with me, he still has the tendency for mischief. I guess it’s the leash for him for the meantime. I don’t want to take the chance and lose him. :(

    • John Walton

      Our dogs, even the most loyal ones can go astray. This is one of the benefit you can get by installing a microchip because you can get fast feedback on your where dog’s location is. We don’t want to lose them, and we should consider getting stuff like this to avoid such circumstances.

  • Kathy Peters

    I know that microchips do help a lot when dogs get lost for some reason. I read a post once when a couple found a lost dog and had it checked for microchip at Petsmart/Banfield. Well, they didn’t find any and as luck would have it, they sent the dog out to the vet. Yup, the dog has microchip so he was reunited to his owners. What can I say? Microchips work but vets have to scan the whole front of the animal. Sometimes these chips move to the sternum and elbow area.

    • John Walton

      The common misconception about microchips is that it is something fancy. But the truth is, it helps store a lot of information and detection in cases you may never think might happen. This helps pet parents to have peace of mind along the way.

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