Keep Your Dog Close On Walks And Improve His Recall: How To Stop A Running Dog From Bolting Off Walking Trails
The following is a list of common behaviors that occur when your dog runs off with something or someone else’s property. These are all behaviors that can cause your dog to run off and not return home again.
If you have any questions about these behavior, please feel free to ask us in the comments section below!
Running Away With Something (or Someone)
Your dog will often run away from you when you leave the house. You may even see him running toward the front door.
Sometimes your dog runs away after he sees another person coming towards the same direction. However, if your dog does not respond to you at all, then it means that he is very likely to bolt off and go somewhere else.
What Is Running Away?
It is important to understand what running away really means. When your dog runs away, he is trying to get out of the situation that he finds himself in. For example, if you let your dog play with a ball near the door while you are walking down the street, then he might think that there is nothing wrong with him doing so because it doesn’t seem like anything bad could happen. However, if someone comes up to the door and tries to catch him in the act, then he might take off running because he is scared that something bad will happen to him.
What Should You Do?
You should not let your dog run away from you, especially on a walk. It is a good idea to teach them how this works at an early age. Try grabbing their collar everytime they even start to split away from you while on a walk. It will take some time, but they will eventually learn that they need to stay with you if they don’t want to be choked by their collar.
What Are The Common Reasons Why A Dog Bolts Off From Their Owner?
There are many reasons why a dog might run away from their owner. Some of them are listed below:
Fear: The most common reason why a dog runs away from their owner is because they are afraid. This most commonly happens when there is someone or something that threatens the dog in some way.
For example, someone raising their voice at the dog, scaring them by waving their arms around, or even someone trying to touch them can all be signs of fear in a dog.
Boredom: Dogs also run away when they are bored. If you leave them at home for too long, they may become very bored.
This can cause them to get into things, tear things apart, or even cause other issues. It is for this reason that you should keep your dog active and stimulated when you are at home so that they aren’t bored. You should also make sure that you are giving them enough exercise when you take them out for walks or let them outside to play.
Possessiveness: Some dogs are very possessive over items, food, toys, and more. These dogs may get upset when someone tries to take something that is “theirs”.
The owner of the item taking can do one of two things to stop this behavior. The first thing you can do is simply never let them see you take their item(s). Grab it when they aren’t around, and then return it after they have gone. The second option is to simply never take their items in the first place.
Arousal: Some dogs get very excited when their owner returns home. This excitement can cause them to act in an unruly manner.
The best thing that you can do in this case is to help them calm down. This can be done through gentle petting, talking in a soft tone, or even leaving them alone to calm down if need be.
How Do I Stop My Dog From Running Away?
As mentioned before, you should start off by teaching your dog how to behave when they are on a leash. This means never letting them run away from you when they are on one. This can be done by grabbing their collar every time they try to move forward while on a leash. Eventually, they will learn that if they move forward, they will be choked, causing them to stop trying to move forward. You can also use this method while they aren’t on a leash. Whenever they try to run away, all you have to do is reach out your arm and grab their collar to stop them in their tracks.
Another method that can be used is a check cord. A check cord is a very light rope that is measured out to be about twice the length of your arm, with a loop at one end and a metal fitting on the other.
To use this, all you have to do is throw the loop over your dog’s head, and then pull on the cord and metal fitting afterwards. This should cause the loop to tighten around their neck, stopping them in their tracks.
You can also prevent your dog from running away by making sure that they are tired at all times. The best way to do this is to exercise them for at least an hour a day.
What Should I Do If I Find My Dog?
If you find your dog, there are a few things that you should do. The first thing that you should do is call the animal control in your area and let them know that your dog has been found. They will likely ask you for your address, and then send someone to pick up the dog.
The second thing that you should do is take the opportunity to reinforce the training that you did with your dog. If you reinforced it enough, then your dog will likely not run away again.
However, if you didn’t reinforce it enough, then your dog will probably run away again. This could be avoided with more training.
How Should I Punish My Dog?
The best way to punish your dog is to simply ignore them. If they are misbehaving, then you should just turn away from them and not give them any attention. This sends the message that whatever they were doing to get your attention is something that you don’t want them to do.
You may also punish your dog by yelling at them or hitting them with a newspaper. However, this should only be used as a last resort, and should never be excessive.
Hitting your dog with a newspaper should only be used if they did something bad that could put their life in danger if not corrected. For example, if they ran out into the road and almost got hit by a car, then you should hit them with a newspaper as punishment. Never hit them with anything hard, and never hit them if they didn’t do anything wrong or if they did something that could be corrected in a different way.
You can also use these disciplinary actions to prevent your dog from running away. If you notice that your dog is getting ready to run away, then you should start getting disciplinary.
This will teach them that whenever they try to run away, the only thing that awaits them is punishment. Eventually, they should learn that whenever they try to run away, the only thing that awaits them is a spanking or a tightened leash.
You should always remember that dogs, just like any other animal, have feelings, and need love and guidance. Never hit them or yell at them if they did nothing wrong, or if you are just frustrated with something else.
You should only punish them if they did something wrong that could hurt them or someone else.
My Dog Ran Away, Now What?
If your dog has ran away, then you have a few options on what to do. You can attempt to look for them on your own, you can hire a professional, or your can do both.
The first thing that you should do is put up posters around your area. You should post them everywhere that you think someone might see it.
This includes signs on telephone poles, bus stops, and local stores. Make sure that you describe your dog as best as possible, including the color of their fur, the style of their collar, and the name that you called them. You should also include your phone number and address, in case someone finds your dog and wants to return them.
The second thing that you should do is hire a professional. Depending on where you live, there are a few options for you.
First, you could look in the yellow pages (a phone book) to see what professional dog catchers exist in your area. Call a few of them and ask how much they would charge to find your dog. Some might require an upfront payment, while others might do it for free if you pay them when they find your dog. Of all the options, this is the most expensive, but it is also the most reliable.
Second, you could talk to your local animal shelter and see if they have anyone on staff that does this as a job. This option could be cheaper than the first option, but if they don’t have anyone, then you’re out of luck.
Finally, you could try to find someone in your area that has the skills to track a dog without any special tools. This option is also the cheapest and the easiest to do, however, if you live in a city with a lot of concrete and buildings, then it might be very hard for them to track your dog.
However, if there are fields, forests, or other open areas near you, then this might be your best shot.
Regardless of which option you choose, it’s up to you to find your dog and get them home. Just remember that if you do find your dog, then never let them wander off again or else they might not be so lucky next time.
Good luck on your search!
As a final note, these steps can be used to find missing cats as well. All you have to do is change the name of the animal and description to fit the situation.
Also, remember to be safe when looking for your pet. Look both ways before crossing the street, and never go into a stranger’s car, even if they tell you that they found your animal. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help; there are a lot of kind people out there who would be willing to assist you in finding your missing pet.
One final note, if you find a stray dog and are wanting to keep it, then you’ll have to take it in to the local animal shelter so that they can scan it for a chip (which contains its owner information) or ask you some questions to try and contact the dog’s owner. If the owner isn’t found by these methods, then you can adopt it!
Congratulations, you’ve saved a life.
Have fun and good luck on your quest!
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