Is it a question of breed or behaviour? Every year, thousands of dog owners experience a run away: their dog suddenly elopes and doesn’t come back… Are certain breeds more likely to run away than others?
Why do they run away?
There can be many explanations to this behaviour. As well as there are many ways to avoid this kind of situation.
Loss of their bearings: it is one of the most frequent explanations of a dog running away. A move that was not well anticipated or that is not well accepted by your dog, whether it is permanent (definitive change of residence) or temporary (holiday rental for instance). By instinct, your dog will try to find its way back to your old house.
Fear: scared by a noise (#1 source of stress for our four-legged friends), your dog will run off as far away as possible, by reflex, through an open door, or out of the garden when it is not fenced, etc.
Boredom: a dog who isn’t stimulated with sufficient activity, who is neglected by its owners, or left alone for long periods of time, will run away to find distractions and/or new playmates.
Education: your dog has never learnt what is forbidden (going out of the house or out of an authorized perimeter), or, on the contrary, you have been too strict and reluctant to let the dog out. Either way, your dog will feel the need to elope at any occasion.
Are there breeds with higher run away risk?
The dog’s breed is not generally considered as an element to explain a runaway case. However, some breeds are more represented in dog disappearance statistics:
Beagles, braques, bloodhound dogs, fox terriers, griffons, setters: their common point? They are all hunting dogs! They are robust, comfortable in wilderness, and able to run long distances. The very popular and sought-after shiba-inu can also be included in this category.
Huskies, wolf-dogs (Sarloos, Czech, etc.), malamutes, akitas… These guard, working or sleigh dogs are very independent and fierce by nature. They are not afraid to delve into unknown landscapes.
Labradors, cockers, german sheperds, jack russels: these breeds don’t seem to have a lot in common, apart from being very popular! Which explains that they are among the most represented breeds in these runaway statistics.
What is the right reaction when your dog runs away?
Launch the basic actions in case of pet loss: posters, neighbourhood watch, report of the loss to your neighbors, local stores, police, veterinarians, as well as Icad national database.
No need to punish your dog when it finally shows up! First of all, try to understand why they run away and find solutions: find activities, make them mingle with other dogs, spend more time with them, and try to limit risks of fleeing by carefully closing doors, gates, fences etc. If this behaviour happens again, you should consider getting help from a dog trainer: Heel call, education on boundaries and rules… It can only be helpful!
And, of course, spare yourself from the anxiety of a long-term disappearance by equipping your dog with a GPS tracker specifically designed for dogs: the Weenect Pets device will allow you to keep an eye on your dogs’ movements and help you find them when they run away!Losing bearings, fear, boredom… are common explanations for a runaway dog. Click To Tweet