You might hear frequently about missing dogs, which is very unfortunate. But the thing is, there are many dogs that are prone to do so, depending on many factors.
Why do dogs run away?
If the dog’s healthy mentally and physically, it’s very unlikely that they’ll run away.
That means a dog that doesn’t stress out, that’s constantly doing physical activities, that has contact with the outside world, other dogs and people. A healthy dog is a dog with constant stimulation and doesn’t feel the need to run away from home to get freedom.
So, the reasons for a dog to run away are almost always emotional reasons, they might go out to look for their needs elsewhere. Another reason is when they’re in heat.
A female dog in heat can run away to go look for mating and a male dog can run away to look for this female in heat, even if they’re miles apart.
Another possibility might be a very scary noise. It can make them run away aimlessly. For example, fireworks (their worst nightmare).
If your dog doesn’t have the proper education yet, they might run away to just wander around. If they don’t follow orders, they won’t answer your call. That’s why it’s important you train them properly.
You have to keep in mind that many untrained dogs run away to get to know the world, but when they want to come back home, they can’t find the way. They’ll usually want to come back, but don’t know how and that’s when they get completely lost.
How can we keep our dogs from running away?
Put yourself in your dog’s position. Would you like to be locked up your whole life? Probably not.
Well, it’s very important you always make sure your dog gets those walks they need. Fill their needs and you’ll never have to experience this unfortunate event.
Usually, we recommend you sterilize your dog, this avoids many future problems. So, you don’t have to worry about them running away because of that.
The best way to keep your dog from running away is to train them properly and have security measures at home. But the most important thing is giving them love and quality of life. They’ll never want to leave you!
Here are some tips for them to never run away:
how them lots of love
Teach them the boundaries they can’t surpass
Show them a treat and run away so they follow you
Go out for walks with them everyday if you can (that way you give them the stimulation they need, under supervision)
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