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Why Do Dogs Run Away? Understanding Why Your Dog Is Fleeing

Why Do Dogs Run Away? Understanding Why Your Dog Is Fleeing

Every dog owner has had to deal with the sad and stressful experience of their pet running away. Dogs on the loose can be a risk for everyone, and it's important that they are returned as soon as possible.

But why do dogs run away in the first place? Is there anything we can do to avoid this? Here, we’ll discuss some common causes of dogs running away, as well as what you can do to stop it before it happens.

Section 1: Why do dogs run away? Section 2: How to stop a dog from running away Section 3: What causes a dog to run away? Section 4: How to find a runaway dog Section 5: Tips for preventing runaway dogs Section 6: Do dogs come back when they run away?

Why do dogs run away?

Although it's rare for a dog to get lost, this doesn't mean that it's not common for dogs to get hurt or killed while being away from their owner.

All too often dogs are injured or killed due to mistreatment by irresponsible owners, irresponsible breeders, or situations that the dog finds itself in as a result of no fault of their own.

This is the case for a number of different breeds, including Alaskan Malamutes, Golden Retrievers, Boston Terriers, and Pit Bulls.

If your dog has ever run away, you'll know that it's a terrifying experience. The unknown can be a terrifying place, and dog owners know this better than anyone else.

How to stop a dog from running away

If you’ve raised your dog, taught him or her to “sit,” “stay,” or “come” but your dog doesn’t know how to respond to strangers and isn’t familiar with a leash or collar, they will likely be very uncomfortable if you try to take them with you when you’re on a walk. And their anxiety will likely cause them to have an impulse to run away.

The simplest way to remedy this problem is to work on your dog’s basic training.

Start by working on his recall. Teach your dog that when you give him a verbal command and he’s on a verbal recall, you’ll come back and he’ll get a reward. Then work on training him to come back even if you aren’t watching. 

What causes a dog to run away?

Like people, dogs can have different reasons for running away. In some cases, a dog may be afraid of something, especially if they’ve been abused.

A frightened dog is more likely to run away, as is a dog who has lost his owner or has been abandoned.

However, in other cases, a dog will run away because the owner has threatened to hurt the dog.

A dog who has been injured and is in pain may run away if the owner threatens to harm them in retaliation.

Even if a dog is physically unharmed, sometimes they just want to go their own way. They may see it as a way of finding new owners or mates.

How to find a runaway dog

When you're out in the backyard, simply look for any unusual places your dog might have hidden. It's worth getting out some gloves and searching for dog chew toys, as well as anything of value in the yard.

Some good places to look might include under decks, under sheds, inside trash cans, on porches, in vacant fields, under the garage, or any other low-hanging or raised items.

A rabbit hutch might also be a good place to look, especially if your dog has recently given birth. Another important thing to remember is to take note of all other things your dog does when he or she is loose.

This can help you narrow down your search for your pet.

Tips for preventing runaway dogs

Being a responsible dog owner is important and we all want the best for our dog, but as humans, we're not the ones in charge. If we want to avoid our dogs escaping, we need to work with them.

Put your dog in a safe place. Make sure that your dog has a place to escape to in your home, a place like a safe crates, or in the garage. Use positive reinforcement with your dog.

Make a game out of it and use food or a toy to reward them for coming to you. Do some training. Teach your dog a few commands.

Teaching your dog to sit, stay, and come should be a part of their daily routine. Treat them well and be considerate of their needs. Keep their environment interesting.

Teach them to get excited about the stuff you do every day. Teach them to play.

Do dogs come back when they run away?

Studies indicate that dogs do occasionally come back to their home. But the common concern is that owners are disappointed to discover their dog hasn't, and they frequently wonder what they did wrong.

In this situation, your dog's behavior likely means they are scared and need help. On the other hand, you may be tempted to rush to the dog’s aid and try to get it back. But it’s not helpful to do this!

If you take over and try to calm it down, you're likely to scare it away for good! There's no point! They need to come back on their own.


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