You’re hard at work when you get a call. The neighbors have found your dog roaming the streets... again. He has a creative way of escaping the confines of your home. When you’re out gardening in the summer, he’s lying next to you one minute and then he’s vanished the next. He’s frequently returned by neighbors and friends who have seen him wandering around town on his own.
This is a serious problem, if you can’t train him to cut this deserting habit he may get himself into serious trouble. He could be involved in a traffic accident, possibly losing his life and also endangering other people. He could also get lost, or even worse, taken by someone else. You don’t want to lose him so you need to get a handle on this situation.
Training your dog to stop escaping isn’t always straightforward. You need to address the underlying reason behind his escaping and tackle that. You’ll need to undergo training with him to show him where his territory ends and motivate him to stay within it. You will also need to follow some of the measures below to prevent him escaping in the first place. Changing up his routine and another of other factors may help you put an end to this behavior. Whether he is a puppy or an older, wiser dog, training could take anywhere from a week to several weeks. It will depend on your consistency and how deep his mischievous streak runs.
Get this training right and you’ll never need to worry about losing him again. You can stop looking over your shoulder and frantically rushing around the house when he doesn’t respond to his name within a couple of seconds.
You’ll need several things to be successful with this training. Break his favorite food into small chunks and stock up on some treats. You’ll use these as an incentive during training.
For some of the methods, it could be worth investing in a loud pitched deterrence horn and a remote-controlled collar that emits water or a citronella spray. A long leash and a collar with a tracker will also be needed for one of the methods.
Once you’ve gathered all of the above, you’re ready to start!