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Running away - May 28th 2011, 10:52 PM

I have a problem with my puppy, Jake. He keeps running away! He never used to run away from our old house but now that we moved he keeps running away to our neighbors house. We usually keep him tied up, but I don't like to since he hates it. And if you ever untie him and don't pay attention to him he takes off.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can stop him from running away?

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Re: Running away - May 29th 2011, 02:13 AM

Roaming or running away behavior can be a tricky problem to turn around. One of the biggest issues we face when addressing this problem is that each time our dogs get out and explore the world they actually get rewarded for doing so. They get to raid your neighbors rubbish bin, chase the cat from next door or hang out with some other dogs... you get the idea.
That's why running away is often called a "self rewarding behavior". Basically what this means is that once a dog gets into the habit of running away / escaping (and getting rewarded for it) it can be a very difficult behavior to extinguish. I've put together a 3 step plan that will hopefully put an end to your dog's days of roaming the streets. As with most behavior problems it is preferable to prevent the problem from arising rather than trying to correct an established bad habit.

Here's The 3 Step Plan To Help Stop Your Dog From Running Away:
  1. Identify What Causes Your Dog To Run Away.

  2. Ensure Your Dog Is Happy, Comfortable, Involved, Safe & Stimulated At Home.

  3. Address The Specific Cause or Trigger.


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Re: Running away - May 31st 2011, 05:11 PM

Have you thought about getting a fence? Or maybe even an electric one? I personally don't like the thought of electric fences, but imo a tiny shock is better than losing your dog or having it get hit by a car. Other than that, you must keep a close eye on him when you're out together, and when you can't, keep him tethered. Best of luck. <3
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