Nice things come in small packages and your little dog is no exception. You wouldn’t trade him for the world. He even makes your partner go all soft and cute, plus the kids adore him. However, at any given opportunity he tries to escape from your home and run away. It’s a serious problem, especially because he’s so small. His size means he can get under fences and through gaps quite easily. Now you know you haven’t had him that long, so he may still need a little while longer to adjust, but you are understandably worried something bad will happen to him if he runs away.
Unfortunately, thousands of dogs are hit by cars in the US every year. If your dog runs away, being so small, some drivers simply may not see him come charging across the road. You don’t want him to suffer serious injuries or the hefty vet bills that come along with them.
Training a small dog not to run away from home will be challenging at times. His small stature makes it far easier for him to capitalize on lapses in security, such as gaps under the fence. The first thing to do is to try and prevent him escaping using a number of deterrence measures. You will also need to address the underlying cause of the problem. This will entail making his home and routine more enjoyable. If he’s content, he won’t be interested in running away.
If he’s a puppy, this habit should be new and easy to break. You could see results in just a couple of weeks. If he’s older and been a serial escapee for many years, then you may need a couple of months to fully break the habit. Get this right and you will never need to worry again when he doesn’t respond to your calls.
Before you start training, you will need to gather a few things. New fence panels, doors and baby gates may all be needed to prevent an escape. A long leash will also be required for one of the methods.
You will then need toys, food puzzles, treats, and perhaps even a new bed. If your dog isn’t wild about typical dog treats, break his favorite food, like hot dogs or cheese, into small pieces. Then just set aside a few minutes each day for training.
Once you have the above, just bring an optimistic attitude and work can begin!