You are out on a walk with your Pit Bull and their leash slips out of your hand. Off they go like a shot, sprinting down the sidewalk away from you. Panicked, you call and call their name but there's no convincing them to turn around now. Whether your pup is scared or just thrilled with the idea of freedom, the act of running away turns into its own reward. But you know, now that your dog is off-leash, they are in danger. Training your Pit Bull to not run away is the only sure method of ensuring your furry friend stays safe.
There are a couple of aspects of teaching your Pit Bull not to run away. One of the crucial parts of training this behavior is limiting the temptations to run off. Create a familiar environment for your pup, give them lots of social interaction with other dogs, and make sure your Pit gets plenty of exercise. Pit Bull are social and energetic dogs, so they may run off simply for a bit of fun. You should also make sure you always reward your dog for returning to you, even if you are annoyed at them. While your instinct may be to yell at your dog for scaring you, all that teaches them is that coming back from fun time running around means punishment. Coming when called always merits a big reward.
Figure out what most motivates your Pit Bull. Some dogs are mainly food-driven, while others will learn quickly only getting physical praise as a reward. Be patient with your pup during this process. Incorporate fun games and play into your training sessions. The idea with any of these training methods is to have your dog associate you with fun and safety. Positivity and patience are the keys to training your Pit Bull not to run away.