Does your dog hit light speed on his way out every time you open the door? Or is he a fence climber that clambers up and over to make his great escape? No matter how your pup manages to get out, it's nothing to laugh about as he could get end up being injured, killed, or captured by animal control and sent to a shelter.
There are many reasons why dogs like to "pull a Houdini" and escape as often as possible. These include boredom, loneliness, the desire to mate, being scared, becoming over-excited and many more.
But far and above, the most common reason why dogs love to run away is quite simply because they can. If there is any way he can get out the door, go over or under the fence, or bolt out of your yard, you can bet your furry friend is going to take advantage of it.
Face it, you wouldn't be too happy if you had to spend your days cooped up in a very small area. But if you could find a way to escape, you would take it in a heartbeat.
Teaching your dog not to take off at every opportunity is going to be challenging. One of the best ways to do so is to give your dog a better reason to stay home than to run away.
You should never chase after your dog as this will only make him think you are playing a game and he will just keep running. Also, never punish your dog for what is, in essence, a natural behavior or for when he gets things wrong during training.
Training your dog not to run away can help keep him in the yard, keep him next to you in the park, or close to you on walks. But most importantly, it could save his life.
To get started, you don't need very much in the way of supplies. You simply need a package of your dog's favorite treats, plenty of time and patience, and a strong desire to succeed. Depending on the training method you choose, you may need a long-line leash to help keep your pup under control should he decide to try running away during training.
Be prepared to work on his training in three sessions of five to ten minutes at a time. This will help work within your pup's attention span. If you go much longer, you will lose his attention and any efforts you put into training are going to be wasted. Try to find a quiet area to work in or a quiet spot in your yard for his training to avoid any potential distractions and speed the training process.
What do you do if your dog runs away when he gets out and won’t come to you at all to be rewarded for the behavior?
Hello Sarah, In an emergency situation excitedly call your dogs name, wave your arms, make fun noises, and run AWAY from your dog so that they will chase you. When they get to you, feed a really fun treat while you calmly slip your fingers under their collar. This should work a few times but eventually your dog will catch on, so you really need to practice the following as well: Most importantly, work on Come and door dashing. Check out the article linked below and the Reel In method for teaching Come. Once your dog has learned what Come means, practice it on a long leash in your house with your door open, and in your yard, and in your neighborhood, where you dog tends to escape to. Reel In method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall Also, practice not dashing through doors. Use a long leash to attach your dog to something secure inside the home, like a stairs banister. Practice opening the door and closing it in your dogs face (you aren't trying to hit them just surprise them) whenever they try to go through without being told "Okay" or "Free" or some similar word you choose. If they slip past you, the long leash will ensure their safety and prevent them from thinking they got away with it. When they can stay inside while the door is open, then practice going outside without them while the door is open. If they try to follow you without being told to, put your hand out like a stop sign and quickly run toward them until they back up into the house again. If they stay inside with the door open, praise them and toss treats inside for them as a reward. Once they can stay inside while you are in the yard and the door is open, have a friend walk down your sidewalk and practice with that distraction too. Finally, have a friend walk their dog down your street and practice around that as well. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
Thank you for the advice and sorry for the bad spelling. This will do alot to keep him safe.❤💜
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I have the hardest time taking my dog outside. I take her to a park with an enclosure because she won't stay by my side and my biggest fear is her getting hit by a car or something because when she's outside nothing else matters, and I don't exist. (Unlike inside, she responds to all commands very quickly and efficiently). I know quite a few people that can just walk outside and their dog follows them, why doesn't my dog? LOL! When she was a pup we lived in an apartment right in front of a super busy intersection so we could never practice being off leash when we would take her to the bathroom, but I spent hours and hours per day just teaching her to listen to commands. I don't know what to do anymore, I feel so bad having her on a leash all the time and she always is pulling so hard against me. Please give me some advice.
Thanks in advance.
Hello Aly, I suggest joining an intermediate obedience class. A basic obedience class teaching the meaning of commands in calm environments, like you have done. An Intermediate obedience class works on those commands in distracting environments, around things like dogs, people, and smells. A good intermediate obedience class will provide an environment to do that with her. Check out the Reel In method from the article linked below. Once a dog understands what Come means, a long leash is used to enforce the command, to teach the dog that they have to Come around distractions, even when they don't want to - since there are times when she doesn't want to come. Reel In method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall Since she is pulling on the leash still, I suggest changing the way you walk her. Check out the video and article on heeling linked below. Follow the Turns method from the article: Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Finally, work on teaching her to automatically check in. On a long leash practice walking around in open areas like the fenced park you take her to (this will be easier once she walks better on a leash). Whenever she comes up to you without being told to, praise and give her a treat. This is an optional thing for her - you are simply trying to convince her that it is worth her while to occasionally check in with you. The more of a habit this automatic checking in becomes, the better she is likely to pay attention to you and keep track of where you are. Husky's tend to be very independent and were bred to pull and run. Some breeds naturally stay with their owners because they were breed to keep a close eye on their masters for the sake of their job. That characteristic can make off leash training them a lot easier. Since you don't have that natural tendency with her, you will honestly have to work more to gain off leash reliability and it won't look the same as some other people's training - that 's alright. That doesn't mean anything is wrong. It simply means that you have different dogs from each other and with each breed comes unique gifts and unique challenges. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Aspen is a good dog whe he is in the house. Today my sister left the garage open and he ran out .whe had to chase him but we had treats so we were able to get him. But now my brother left the door open and he ran out again in to the street and this time the treats did not work he new what we were going to do i had to run and get him im happy to say aspen is so friendly he went up to a lady and she disrespected him so i could grab him ....can u plz help me im afaid he i wont be that lucky next time
Hello Jesseca, Purchase a thirty-foot leash and practice the Reel-In method from the article linked below. Reel In method for teaching Come: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall Using the long leash, also walk around outside in an open area like a cul-de-sac and practice his Come and reward him when he comes. Whenever he comes without being called also or chooses to stay beside you instead of get further away, give him a treat too - you are also rewarding him for choosing to come on his own so that he learns to want to be close to you when he has the option of exploring. Practice this on a lightweight 30'-50' foot leash to keep him safe. Make sure he cannot slip out of his collar or have him wear a harness that's fitted correctly. Finally, work on him not bolting out doors. Attach the long leash to him and tie it to something secure right inside the door, like a stairway banister, so that he thinks he can get out the door but the leash will stop him from getting too far if he goes through the door. With the leash in place for safety, stand in front of the door and practice opening and closing the door. Whenever he tries to rush out, quickly close the door again (careful not to let him get caught in the door). Use your body to then get in front of him, between him and the door, and walk toward him until he backs several feet away from the door and a couple of feet away from you - you are telling him with your body language to give the door and you some space. Practice opening and closing the door and walking toward him to get him to back up from the door; do this until you can open the door all the way and he will wait. When he will wait, toss him a treat for waiting. He is not allowed to go through the door without being told "Free" though. Work up to stepping onto your porch and going further and further outside as he gets better at staying inside with the door open. Return to him and toss him a treat when he stays inside and watches you walk outside. When he tries to follow you outside with the door open, tell him "Ah Ah" and quickly rush toward him with your arms out like you are blocking him to get him to go back to where he is supposed to be. Only reward him for staying where he is supposed to be and not for getting up then going back - you don't want him to purposefully get up and then go back just to get a treat. You want him to stay there without leaving at all. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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