How To Train A Dog Not To Run Away

How To Train A Dog Not To Run Away


Not all dogs are the same. Some breeds are more likely to run away than others, and some individuals may have greater wanderlust than their peers. However, every dog can learn to not run off if you take the right approach.

Teach your dog the ‘come’ command.

To get your dog’s attention, make sure you have a treat or toy ready. Then, use your happy voice to say “come.” You can also try clapping your hands when saying the word if it helps get their attention. The key here is to be consistent in saying the command and rewarding them for coming back to you. Repeat this step until the dog comes when called on its own without needing any prodding from you!

Now that we’ve gone over how to train a dog not run away, let’s talk about some things you should do if they do end up running away:

Be super-consistent about ‘come’ until it is automatic.

Consistency is key. If you want your dog to be able to respond quickly and reliably to ‘come’, then practice it in all kinds of situations. Practice with different people and different dogs, in different locations (inside, outside), on the street, in the park—you get the idea! Make sure that each time you ask him to come he gets something amazing as a reward—a tasty treat or some affectionate petting or playtime—so that his association with ‘come’ is positive. The more varied your training sessions are, the faster he’ll learn.

Make sure your dog is comfortable in the situations where she is likely to try to run away.

In order to make sure your dog is comfortable in the situations where she is likely to try to run away, you should do the following:

  • Make sure the dog is not hungry, thirsty or tired.
  • Make sure the dog isn’t sick.
  • Make sure the dog isn’t in pain.
  • Make sure that nothing else has frightened or upset your pet recently (like a visit from an unfriendly neighbor or an argument with another family member).

And finally…

Use rewards for staying with you.

Now that you’re teaching your dog to stay with you, it’s time to reward him for doing so.

Use treats or toys to reward your dog. The most effective way of doing this is by using a clicker if your dog is food motivated. Clicking the clicker as soon as he comes back to you will make him associate “staying with me” and getting a treat. As long as he doesn’t take too long in coming back, this should work well enough on its own!

If your dog isn’t food motivated, then try giving him lots of praise when he comes back – tell him what a good boy or girl he is and give him an extra big hug! If that doesn’t work either then try playing tug-of-war or fetch with them instead – they will have fun while staying within eyesight of you at all times and enjoy seeing how happy their owner gets every time they return safely (even if it’s boring).

If neither rewards work – see if there are any scary things nearby like traffic or barking dogs; sometimes just knowing something else might be scary helps keep them close rather than running away again because they don’t want their owner leaving them alone with these unknown dangers nearby.”

Consider getting a fence (or invisible fence) for your dog.

Fences can be a great way to keep your dog safe. They can also help you keep track of where your dog is and prevent them from running away. And finally, fences make it more difficult for someone else to steal the dog.

If you are consistent and reward your dog, he or she will learn to stay put.

  • Be consistent. It’s important to be consistent during training. If you’ve been working on a command with your dog, and then you only use it once in awhile, he or she will be confused and may start ignoring the command altogether.
  • Stay patient! Dogs are not born knowing how to stay put on command; they need time and practice at it before they can learn well enough so that they don’t run away every time someone comes by with food or toys.
  • Be positive! Don’t reprimand your dog when he or she has done something wrong (like running away). The best way to train him/her is by rewarding good behavior with praise, belly rubs & treats – this will help motivate him/her even more when learning new commands such as “sit” or “stay”.
  • Be creative! Make sure that whatever technique you use for training isn’t boring for either party involved (yourself & Fido). This means coming up with different ways which might include playing fetch games indoors where there aren’t distractions outside such as other dogs barking from across the street etc…


Training your dog not to run away is a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the long run. Your dog needs to stay safe and so do you (if your dog gets hit by a car while running around, you won’t be able to forgive yourself!), so make sure you are doing everything possible to avoid this problem. Hopefully these tips have been helpful and informative–good luck!

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