What To Do If Your Dog Runs Away From You

Posted: June 4, 2014 in Dog Behavior, Dog Training Methods and Ideas, Puppy Training
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I am sure it has happened to many of us, you are out for a walk with your dog and suddenly he bolts out of your grasp and heads off down the road at top speed, or your having a great day at home and before you know what happened your dog runs past you and straight out the open door. Do You know what to do if your dog runs away from you? If your like most dog owners you immediately take off after them on a dead run.

You might not know it but when you follow your instincts which tell you to chase after your dog, you are only making the dog run faster and farther.You see when you chase your dog, he will interpret this in one of two ways.
1- He will see this as a game of catch me if you can, and usually you can’t.

2- He will become afraid of you and run even harder to keep away.

When you give in to your instincts to chase a run away dog, you not only put the dog in danger,.( he might run into traffic and get killed,) you also put your self in danger.

The best thing to do is to resist your instinct to chase him, and do the opposite, just lie down on the ground. That’s right, lie down. Your dog will see this as very odd behavior, and will become curious about what is going on and come to see if you are all right, and this gives you the opportunity to grab his collar.

Another thing you can try is running in the oppostite direction, your dog will most likey chase you to see what is so much fun. Or at the very least be curious enough about your peculiar behavior that he follows you somewhere you can catch him easily.

If your dog is eager to go for car rides you can open the car door and tell your dog “Let’s go for a drive!” They will ususally hop right in.

This is not a guarantee that your dog will come to you, but it is better to act in counter-intuitive manner, and let curiosity get the better of your dog. I have used this method and I can tell you that it does work. Now that you know what to do if your dog runs away from you,the next time it happens you will be better prepared to deal with it.

That’s all for now

Good luck and keep training

Harley

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