How To Train A Dog Not To Run Away
Dogs are wonderful creatures and they love to move around and be mobile. It is almost impossible to have a dog who likes to stick to itself and is uninterested in moving about. Well, you may even consider taking your doctor on an appointment with the veterinary doctor if they show signs of immobility.
Your dog’s desire to quickly race out the moment you open your door is not entirely a bad phenomenon. If he or she likes to go over the fence and make a dash into the neighborhood you may have a potential problem at hand.
Regardless of how your dog manages to get out or the joy, it feels when it dashes out, it in the best interest of the dog to be limited and restricted from moving out recklessly. Allowing your dog move out with reckless abandon, it could get killed, injured, or picked up by animal control and taken to a shelter.
You would not want any of these for your dog and this is why it is quintessential to learn how to train your dog so it does not run away. While there are a couple of reasons that can be attributed to why dogs run away.
Some of the reasons why dogs may want to jump out and run may be the desire to mate, boredom, hyperactivity, loneliness, and much more. Aside these reasons, dogs want to run because they can run and it is that simple. Once a dog figures that there is a way out through the door, over the fence, or across the yard, he or she will readily take advantage of it.
Let’s face it, no one wants to be confined to a particular spot. We all love freedom and would not waste time to seize an opportunity to be free. Exploring possibilities are almost a part of our lives and it is not different for mammals and dogs especially.
Trying to teach your dog not to take off when it sees the opportunity to is going to be a challenge. Teaching your dog not to run away can be possible when you show him or her why they should not run away. So the best way to train your dog not to run away is to give it better reasons to stay at home.
By making your dog see reasons why it should stay at home, you have an edge at keeping it from running away.
One thing you must never do is chase your dog. Chasing your dog will make it think you are joining it to play and he or she would not want to stop. Pets like to have us play with them and this is something you would have to balance when trying to train your dog not to run away.
Also, try not to punish your dog for something that is obviously a part of its being. They are naturally inclined to running around and punishing them for doing so may psychologically affect them.
In addition, do not punish them as you train them. It is normal for them to do something wrong as you try and keep them from running away.
To train your dog not to run away, the things you need in your arsenal include:
- Your dog’s favorite treat
- Time and patience
- Passion and desire
Depending on the kind of training technique you may want to adopt, you would need a long-line leash to help you control your dog during the training. The training techniques I will be sharing should be conducted in at least five (5) sessions lasting for up to 15 minutes each.
Before you proceed on the training, ensure your training ground is located in a quiet area, free from noise to keep your dog’s attention and eliminate possible distractions. Do not push the training sessions for too long, your dog could get distracted and go out of sync.
With that said, there are three (3) techniques with which you can train your dog not to run away. You can try out whichever you are comfortable with.
TECHNIQUE 1 – The “COME” Command
Take your dog to your backyard or a quiet open field. When it starts to run away, call its name and tell him “Come”. If the dog comes, reward him or her with loads of love and its favorite treat.
Repeat this process twice at intervals before taking him or her inside. Do every day until it is clear you want it to come when you say “Come”.
TECHNIQUE 2 – Permission Giving
Place a leash on your dog and lead it to the door. Open the door and your dog will be unable to dash out. Make your dog sit and reach for the door handle.
If your dog starts to make movements, take your hands off the door handle again and make it sit again. When your dog does not move when you reach for the door handle, give him or her a treat.
Do this continually until you can leave the door open and your dog waits for you to give it your permission before going out.
TECHNIQUE 3 – Distance Calling
Take your dog for a walk in the yard with a standard walking leash. Back away two (2) or three (3) feet from your dog. Call your dog by its name to come to you. Here you can decide a unique mode of calling your dog.
Give your dog a treat and show it love whenever it comes. Do this over and over again while moving farther away from your dog. Continue until your dog become acquainted with you calling it even from a distance.
Remember, in any of these techniques, do not punish your dog when it does not do what you want or expect it to.
Getting your dog to be disciplined enough to stay at home even when it sees an opportunity to make a dash and just run may be challenging but attainable. It requires a lot of patience as it is not easy to make something or someone master how not to behave the way it is created to.
Any of the three (3) techniques I have recommended above will help you train your dog not to run away and preserve the life of your furry friend.