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How to Catch a Runaway Dog

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Sometimes our fourlegged friends get a notion to head out on an adventure, as soon as you open the door or as part of a reenactment of The Great Escape. This is a guide about how to catch a runaway dog.


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February 2, 20060 found this helpful

Having trouble catching your dog when they take off outside? Next time this happens, get your dog's attention. Get them to look straight into your eyes, then turn and run back home. Don't look back, they want to know where your going and they will follow. It works for me every time!

By Kellie from Lake Erie Islands

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February 3, 20060 found this helpful

Let's not forget that with proper training, a dog should never run out the door under any circumstances. During obedience training you can train your dog to follow you by running in the opposite direction but a dog needs to understand that an open door isn't an invitation to bolt. A dog needs to sit at a door opening and be invited to come out or taken out on a leash if he isn't leash trained. And remember, a dog does NOT go through a door opening first! The leader does and the leader is YOU!!!
Behavior problems are the number one killer of dogs whether it's from running out into the street and being killed by a car or being taken to an animal shelter because his owner didn't have him obedience trained. More dogs are put down than not.

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By debbie (Guest Post)
February 3, 20060 found this helpful

this does work. their curiosity about what you're going to do (eat, possibly?) drives them crazy. and they don't want to be left behind or left out. they hate being ignored. it also helps to have your car keys in your hand and let them jingle as you walk away. it makes them think they're going for a ride and maybe they can come, which most dogs adore.


don't talk to them until you get them home or in a place you can catch them. the silence builds their curiosity. when you do get home, make sure to reinforce the "following you" behavior with a treat ( and no, your not rewarding the bad behavior of running away, you're praising them for following you home safely, which is really what you want anyway)

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By Gail (Guest Post)
April 13, 20070 found this helpful

Please any ideas. We have adopted a 4 year old lab. 2 months ago. She is normally very obedient and knows the basic commands, inside and out. We have tried to train her to stay on the property by walking the property line with her. Lately were trying without a lease to let her run the 1/2 acre yard of course while we are there.


Twice now she has crossed the property line and takes off, justs runs and ignores all commands. Very scared we may not catch her next time. Any suggestions. Only had her 2 months but would like to have her a lifetime.

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By Angie (Guest Post)
June 11, 20070 found this helpful

thanks so much! This information has been very helpful. I have this same problem with my yellow lab. He is currently on one of his outings and i was looking for ways to bring him back. If i try to chase him, he simply thinks its a game, and runs furthur. I have just left a trail of cookies on the back stair which he has happily devoured. This has helped bit.. i have found the best thing to do is to ignore him and go inside because if i am outside, he will think i am there to continue the everlasting game of cat and mouse.

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