Your dog has a habit of running away on any occasion: an open frontgate, a few minutes of distraction and there it is, running out and about. We can help you understand what pushes dogs to flee and how you can avoid it.
Causes of elopement
The link between a dog’s need to run away and its separation anxiety
You may not always be home with your dog during the day. The dog will make its feeling quite clear to you by running away, either to express anger or just to find you.
This behaviour can be caused by a lack of socialization of the puppy in the first weeks of their life.
Solitude: a factor that explains the need to run away
There are various causes for a dog to run away: boredom, absence of company, a significant change in family balance (welcoming a new child, a new dog, moving houses, etc). A dog may feel frustrated and disturbed in its usual balance, and feel the urge to see if the grass is greener elsewhere. Certain breeds, like goldens or shepherds, are more emotionally dependent.
A dog’s sexuality
Your dog may also want to get away just to fulfill sexual needs, whether it is a female in search of a male, or vice versa, a male looking for a beautiful female to fertilize!
The fear of the running dog
A sharp noise, a strike of lightning, a firecracker… your dog doesn’t need much more than that to run off. If your dog flees because it is scared, don’t try to comfort it: it would imply that the fear is justified. Try to distract it from the source of stress with a game or a piece of candy.
Is your dog hungry?
Dogs are walking stomachs, they will run off to find the origin of an appetizing smell if it makes them salivate.
A lack of exercise can also explain the need to run away
Certain breeds need to exercise for several hours every week, sometimes even everyday! If your dog doesn’t get its daily amount of exercise, it will feel the need to run just to stretch its legs.
Runaway dog, what are your solutions?
There are simple and cheap solutions to prevent your dog from running away.
If your house has a yard, put up a fence that is high enough for your dog not to jump above it.
You can also use pet fencing systems: they are equipped with a radio system and an acoustic/electrostatic stimulation collar. As soon as the dog enters “forbidden areas”, the device sends a signal that only stops when the dog comes back into the authorized area.
GPS trackers are also useful to get a warning when your dog runs away: at Weenect, we make sure that our products allow you to receive a notification (on your mobile) as soon as your dog happens to go out of the permitted zone. You can therefore be informed of its precise GPS location and react quickly.
There are other solutions, such as behavioral therapy with a professional therapist who will identify actions to carry out to put your dog back on the right track.
Whatever happens, know that you shouldn’t punish your dog when it comes back after running away: experts say that it’ll make your dog want to flee right away.
Welcome it without raising your eyebrows, with a cuddle and a water bowl: it’ll make it understand that there’s no need to run off to find comfort somewhere else.