You love opening the door after a long day of work to be greeted by your small dog jumping up and down to see you. He instantly puts a smile on your face. Plus, guests are always quick to highlight how cute and cuddly he is when they come round. Yet despite everyone loving him, he seems determined to run away whenever he can. The problem is, because he’s small, he can sneak out of gaps in your yard. If you let him off the leash when on a walk, he will make a run for it.
Training him not to run away is essential. If he manages to escape he could quickly end up on a road and in a traffic collision. Not only could this cause serious injury to someone else, but he may lose his life. So, this training is vital if you want to keep him alive and well.
Training any dog not to run away can come with its challenges. With small dogs, it can be even harder because their size allows them to squeeze through small gaps that larger dogs simply cannot. Training will consist of trying to identify what is the cause of his running away. Different methods will tackle different motives for trying to escape. You will also need to take a number of steps to deter him from running away in the first place. Obedience commands will then be needed to retain control.
If he’s a puppy, he should still be finding his feet and be fairly receptive. You could see results in just a week or so. If he’s older and this habit has been in the making for many years, then you may need several weeks. However, get this training right and you will no longer have to worry whenever you lose sight of him.
Before you can start work, you will need to get your hands on several items. Fencing will be needed to secure your yard and baby gates may be needed to control his environment inside. You will also need a long, secure leash.
On top of that, make sure you have plenty of treats or break your pup's favorite food into small pieces. Toys and food puzzles will also be needed for one of the methods.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and an optimistic attitude, then work can begin!