Runaway dog: how to make him break this bad habit?


Your dog is missing. A dog’s run away, from a few hours to a few days, is always a source of concern for its owner. If your dog has got into the habit of regularly slipping away from your home, the difficulty is first of all to understand the reason for his escape. When we know why he escapes, it is easier to find a suitable solution to make him break this bad habit. Here is a quick overview of the causes of runaways and the possible solutions.

Your dog does not respond to the reminder?

If your dog goes on an adventure during your walks, unresponsive to your call, we are not exactly talking about running away. It is about a dog which did not integrate the concept of recall. Maybe he didn’t learn it correctly, or not at all. It is an educational problem, which will be resolved easily, especially if he is very young.

The solution: teach your dog to recall. This type of educational rule is preferably learned very early, around three months. If the dog is older, it will take a little longer to learn. But it is essential that he integrates this simple rule which consists in responding in all circumstances to the call of his master.

A hunter dog who knows how to hunt …

Some breeds tend to run away more easily, especially hunting dogs. Their instinct invites them to hunt, that is to say, to run, to follow a trail, to spot a game and to run after it. Which is hardly possible at home. When not in use for their hunting skills, some animals come to leave the home, driven by their need to hunt. But it can be dangerous for the environment.

The first thing to do is to take into account the particular needs of the hunter breeds. They are athletic dogs, who need long walks in nature. He must go out daily, as often as possible in the countryside. At home, you can use a special bullet containing his food, which will allow him to satisfy his hunting instinct a little. If necessary, consult a dog trainer to try to correct this behavior in a lasting way.

Not stimulated enough, your dog is bored.

If you are often away from your home, your dog is left alone moping all day … This lifestyle is not suitable for all dogs, especially some species. Breeds such as Labrador, Beagles or Huskies, among others, love to explore the world. They need space, meetings, change… These dogs are able to decide for themselves to go on an adventure if they lack stimulation. Not to mention that some very sociable dogs do not cope with boredom and lack of interactions.

If you have such a dog at home, give it more time to go for a walk. Take him with you as soon as you can, give him the opportunity to smell lots of new smells, meet other dogs, play with children,… in short, experience lots of adventures. Move more with him, he needs it! Also, be sure to leave things to take care of in your absence, enough games and toys to pass the time. How about a playmate if he has to be alone often? You can also get started with a dog sport, such as agility. This corresponds very well to the stimulation needs of certain breeds, especially those made for work (herds in particular).

As for education, it is always important to help him understand the limits of his territory “solo”.

He succumbed to the call of love!

Whatever his breed, certain times of the year see your dog seized with a reproductive drive that makes him forget everything. Females have periods of heat every six months or so, it is during this period that your male dog will want to go in search of a fertile female. Able to smell his damsel’s pheromones from afar, a male can travel for miles to reach the chosen one of his heart.

It goes without saying that the simplest solution is to castrate your dog, if it’s a male, or to spay a female. This operation, without consequence on the character of the animal, will spare everyone a lot of worries, including a source of stress for the animal.

He is distressed or is running away from something …

Your particularly sensitive dog may be very scared by some things that you were not aware of. It can also happen if you have just moved into a new environment, some noises of which he does not know. An unusual sound, another dog nearby, and here is your panicked pooch scampering as far as possible! You cannot prevent a dog from being emotional or anxious… But you can help him to familiarize with the sounds and animals of its environment. Do not hesitate to take your dog out more often, if he is not sufficiently accustomed to the sound and smell of his neighborhood. Getting them used to moving around in the midst of various noises and smells is an effective way to reassure them. All these noises are normal, there is nothing to worry about. If the walk in this a priori scary universe becomes a pleasure, because you take the opportunity to flatter him and show him your affection, he will feel more confident.

If your dog remains terrified by certain noises, to the point of running away, ask yourself the question of a traumaespecially if it is an adopted dog or one whose history you do not know. Consulting a behavioral specialist can help you see things clearly.

Hunger brings the wolf out of the woods… and so does the dog!

Medor has made the wall; it’s a bet to empty the neighbor’s cat’s bowl or unpack the garbage in the street… It’s a safe bet that your dog is not getting enough food or that his diet does not suit him. And he sets out in search of the pittance he lacks, taking advantage of your absence to slip away. Check, if necessary with the help of a veterinarian or canine nutritionist, that his meal suit his size and physical needs. Maybe we need to feed him more, or in a different way. Also, get your dog used to having his meals at a fixed time, this will help him wait for the next one.

If your companion seems to be hungry all the time, which is impossible to satiate, a consultation with the veterinarian may be useful. Maybe he is sick or the victim of parasites…?

When Snowy is alone, he misses Tintin.

If your dog is vague at heart because he is too often alone and far from his owner, it is no wonder he wants to dress up. He tries to find his master … Or more simply to get his attention. If so, take the time to to reassure your dog, to pamper him so that he no longer feels this separation anxiety. The advice of a canine behaviorist can help you adopt the right attitude towards your dog. He must be taught to stay alone without fear ; this is part of his education and can be learned in stages.

Be careful if you have just adopted a dog, or if you have recently moved… When the dog loses its landmarks usual, loneliness can reinforce a certain anxiety. Destabilized, he sets out to find his old house, his old family … which explains his repeated runaways. Again, this is a behavioral problem for which you can get professional help. As long as he gets used to his new life, it is better to surround him with your affection and calm him down with rituals at a fixed time (meals, outings, etc.).

How can I prevent my dog ​​from running away?

Behavioral rehabilitation may take some time before your dog loses his bad runaway habits. In the meantime, he must absolutely be prevented from escaping. Not only does this signal a problem in the dog’s life, but it can also present a certain danger. It can be injured, cause an accident, attack a person or another animal… Your dog is always under your responsibility, even far from you. To avoid drama, there are a few quick fixes that will require him to stay home.

  • Enclose your garden. It sounds obvious, but it’s an effective way to alert your dog to the limits of his territory. If your dog tends to run away, get in the habit of closing the access to the outside, especially the gate. No need to tempt the devil!
  • Use a wireless fence with collar anti fugue. This electronic collar is connected to a determined perimeter. As soon as your dog crosses the limit, the collar sends a stimulation unpleasant enough to stop the runaway in his tracks. It is not a substitute for behavioral rehabilitation, but it is an effective solution to keep your dog in the permitted area.
  • Install surveillance cameras with remote sound. Since progress doesn’t stop, you can equip your yard with surveillance cameras to keep your dog in check. In infrared version, they even monitor at night that Médor remains in the area. Not only do the images arrive directly on your Smartphone or computer, but in addition a voice function allows you to intervene directly to call your dog back if you notice that he is taking the tangent.
  • Bet on a geo-localizable chip. Of course, that doesn’t prevent your dog from running away, but at least you know where he is. Attached to the dog’s collar, the chip is connected to your Smartphone and allows you to react quickly in the event of a prohibited exit. You just have to follow your dog to retrieve him before he goes too far. This time it’s you who know how to track!
  • Tie up your dog. This is the least pleasant solution, but in the short term it can help you keep your dog safe, while he is properly re-educated.