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Why is my dog running away?

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Posted on November 15 2018

The fugue is one of the biggest worries of a master. You feel helpless in the face of your animal who has only one desire: to leave. First of all, it is important to understand what motivates one's leaks to remedy it. A dog never runs away by chance. If he multiplies his outings, it is because something in his daily life does not suit him. You need to understand why your dog is leaving home. Then correct what can be done to clear this behavioral disorder.

Your dog became runaway . It has not become so naturally. The motivations of his own made him take those directions incongruous and incomprehensible to you. Yet you must enter the psychology of your pet. A runaway dog ​​always has motivations.

Should we try to hold a dog at all costs? There are solutions to give him a natural desire to stay with you. Running away is both an unpleasant behavior for you and a dangerous one for him.

Your dog is naturally runaway

There are races that have a greater propensity than others to escape. Husky, Beagle or Setter like to go on an adventure. There is no better reason than genetic inheritance . Do not scold your dog when he comes back from a getaway. This would only aggravate his need for freedom . On the contrary, be happy to find him again and show him your affection.

A dog who is bored ...

Your dog may be used to leaving your home. It was first a small getaway and the time as the distances increased. On your side, you died of anxiety, imagining the worst. Your dog returnshome naturally , muddy and exhausted. In fact, he is bored at home. 

It is not enough to get out his dog in the morning and evening for a few minutes, time to go around the neighborhood, 6 small pee and return. Even if you own a garden, it is not enough. If he leaves, he is bored. Take the time to share with him. Organize long outings, let him meet other congeners and be accomplices. Run at his side, play with a ball, go crazy. But be sure to always keep your master place.

Lack of physical exercise

Your dog is bored . You may not be able to pull it out enough. Your dog needs to leave the home at least thirty minutes a day to feel good about himself. Your dog is a social animal . A simple excursion in your garden is not enough for his happiness.

To go out offers him the leisure to breathe other smells , to cross other people , other dogs. He hears different noises . This is an outlet that he can not do without.

A feeling of exclusion

Runaway, your dog could have suffered a trauma during his youth. His mother could have pushed him away. If found in the fear of being abandoned. An event in your family can also lead to feeling excluded, rejected.

The solution here is to get your dog used to your absences. Repeat them by always adding more time between your departure and your return. Your dog will understand that you come back every time and that he has no reason to be afraid.

On the other hand, your dog may feel overwhelming . You will have to take control of the situation , making your dog understand that he does not have to dominate you. So you have to give him his meals outside your own, without your presence, for example. You must not give in to all his requests.

A family ill-being

Following a change in your home such as the arrival of a baby, a new dog or even a move, your dog can not live well.

He will go elsewhere to find a kind of serenity or love he considers to have lost to you. In reality, he tries to escape an environment where he no longer feels welcome. So, he can find a new host family if the opportunity arises ...

Lack of physical exercise

Your dog is bored. You may not be able to pull it out enough. Your dog needs to leave the home at least thirty minutes a day to feel good about himself. Your dog is a social animal . A simple excursion in your garden is not enough for his happiness.

To go out offers him the leisure to breathe other smells , to cross other people , other dogs. He hears different noises . This is an outlet that he can not do without.

Sexual vigor

Your dog is currently in heat . She is looking for ways to respond to her desires. This case is however rarer than a male dog who has, in the neighborhood where he resides, a bitch in heat. He feels it and will want to join her. Even if he is happy at home, he will flee. The solution is simple even if it does not solve everything: sterilization. This will greatly diminish his desires.

Fear, an irrational sensation

A thunderstorm, a party, a fireworks display, a nearby highway ... all factors that give your dog a feeling of insecurity . Your dog identifies his home as a place where he feels bad, so he will seek calming elsewhere.

Comfort him and show him that his home is the safest place in the world . Go through the game, the caresses, the walks.

In a word, locking up your dog and punishing him for his outings is the worst way to keep him near you. A happy dog , in a pleasant and serene environment, will be more inclined to stay at home than an anxious or bored dog.

The fugue of dogs HS-HA

Hypersensitive and hyperactive dogs often run away. They never stop running, sleep little and can not control themselves . The HS-HA syndrome promotes this crazy dog ​​behavior. It is often found far from home, sometimes hurt or tired, because they do not know where their limit is.

In this case, you must approach a behaviorist veterinarian who will refer you to a specialist for a specific treatment. Medications will also be given to your dog throughout his life. HS-HA syndrome without care can worsen and degenerate. Better to put all the chances on your side.

How to react to the fugue of your dog?

Do not punish your dog when he comes home. He will associate punishment more easily with coming back. This may not make him want to come back and resume the escape when he has the opportunity. Book him a nice welcome.

In summary

A dog does not run away by chance. The fugue always finds an origin , a cause , which will have to be identified and treated. Either by the help of a behavioral veterinarian, or not an education to rework. Each time, be patient . Your dog must learn the limits of a territory not to cross.

Under no circumstances should you punish your dog who has returned from a runaway. You must accentuate the rides, play with him and reward him.

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