Reasons Why Dogs Run Away and How to Stop Them
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Why Do Dogs Run Away?
Losing your dog can be a horrible experience. It's even scarier than your dog was deliberately stabbed. If your dog keeps running away, it is important to understand why and how to stop it.
As with any behavior problem, our main objective is to discover why: what is the function of this behavior? If we can answer this question, we can find out how we can meet your dog's needs without letting him fly to the stable! Of course, we cannot ask your dog exactly why he is running away, but we can make some well-trained assumptions based on his behavior and the behavior patterns of his species.
Your dog is bored
This is the main reason why most dogs run away. You are alone in the garden with nothing better to do and it is not that difficult to get out of it. So they wander around the neighborhood a bit.
If you don't give your dog something to do, the ideas will likely come to him. In many cases, this means that you are embarking on an adventure.
Solve this problem by supervising your dog, training him properly, and giving him chew toys to keep him busy.
Your dog is looking for a partner
Men who have not changed or are intact are especially guilty when they roam the neighborhood in search of love. Neutralizing your dog or having a wife does not necessarily prevent your dog from deciding to go hiking.
If the dog smells of a woman near her, especially when he is in heat, he will do whatever it takes to jump over the fence and meet her. Women, especially those in heat, can also run away to find a candidate. Spaying your male dog and spaying your female dog can reduce this problem.
Your dog is hunting
Many dogs easily jump over fences or run out of the yard to chase a hare, squirrel, or other potential prey. While this is a bit more common with prey breeds like Huskies, most dogs like to hunt small, fluffy animals.
By leaving their dog unattended to chase squirrels or rabbits, a dog almost always becomes fond of this hobby. While your dog doesn't usually jump over the fence and chase a squirrel, sometimes the hunt is too much fun to stop.
Observing your dog, giving him something better, and improving his enclosure can help prevent your dog from running off to chase other animals.
Your dog is afraid
Even the wisest dogs can try to escape if they are scared enough. This problem is especially common with thunderstorms or fireworks in the summer. These tall arms can make even friendly dogs panic. Desperate to escape frightening sounds, dogs can jump out of windows, jump through screened doors, or even climb high fences.
If you protect your dog during thunderstorms and fireworks, your pup is safe. Keep your dog indoors and do your best to ease his fear of loud noises with soothing treats, white noise, and ThunderShirts.
How to prevent your dog from escaping
The main strategy for preventing your dog from escaping is relatively simple: make it more difficult to escape. Don't leave your dog unattended. If you don't have a fence, build one. If you have an enclosure, create one or add coyotes. These soft rollers prevent your dog from jumping over your fence and are very useful! If your HOA doesn't allow fences, wear a tie, or don't leave your dog unattended.
Avoid underground fences as this will make your dog prone to napping and will not prevent motivated dogs from running away. Underground fences and electronic collars can burn your dog and are even linked to increased aggression around property lines.
However, it is also important to fix the underlying problem. Of course, secure fences and supervision will help. But if your dog is really bored, scared, or motivated to run away, you can always find a way out. While you can prevent your dog from escaping through good fences, your dog may be bored or scared!
Once the fence is secure and you have an idea of why your dog is trying to escape, it is important to get to the root of the problem:
- Spaying or neutering dogs to prevent sexual homelessness.
It helps reduce the hormonal urge to roam, but it doesn't necessarily change habits if your dog has been on the go for years!
- Give bored dogs something else to do, like chew on toys or bats. Most dogs do best with two or more chew toys and puzzles every day, especially when they are alone.
- Increase your training so your dog doesn't feel the need to walk alone. Some dogs walk for more than an hour or run for a day to be happy! For prey-chased dogs, try using a flirting stick so they can develop their instincts in a safe environment.
- Help your anxious dog feel more comfortable by making loud noises. Tools like soothing treats, thunder t-shirts, and white noise gear can help, but most dogs really need help with systematic desensitization and counter-conditioning. Apps like Train Away can help you!
If your dog continues to wander, it may be time to seek the help of a handler. A handler will help you create a training plan that protects your dog and avoids having to revisit the kennel to pick up your refugee! Trainers are especially helpful if your dog's running away is motivated by food or fear.
What TO do and what NOT to do if your dog runs away and doesn't listen
Source: Dog Training by Kikopup
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