How To Train A Dog To Not Run Away

How To Train A Dog To Not Run Away


Have you ever watched your dog as he runs? There’s an unmistakable sense of freedom and joy in every step. Dogs are meant to run—to chase, race, and explore. Of course, when allowed to do so at will, dogs will often find themselves in danger. Even the most well-trained dogs can be tempted by the smell of food or other animals that cross their path. For this reason, it’s important for both the safety of our pets and our peace of mind that they know how to behave when they’re off-leash. While training a dog to not run away may seem like a daunting task at first, with proper instruction and practice, it is something every dog owner can accomplish!

Stop punishing.

Stop punishing.

If you’re using a leash or other form of physical punishment, stop it immediately and do not use them again. Punishing your dog for running away will only teach him that something is wrong when he runs away from you—and now he’ll run away even more often. Instead of punishing him for running away, spend some time teaching him how to stop himself from doing things like jumping up on people (stay tuned for this one).

Pay attention to each other.

One of the most important aspects of training a dog is making sure that he pays attention to you, instead of running away. This means that he will be less likely to run away if you always make sure that your dog is paying attention to you.

If you are distracted by other things or people when trying to train a dog, then this can negatively affect your relationship with them and could lead them down the wrong path. For example: if someone else comes into view while trying to train a dog, but you’re too busy talking on the phone or texting someone else then it’s likely that they won’t pay attention themselves either! This will only make things worse over time because eventually they’ll stop listening altogether which leads us right back where we started – with an unhappy canine companion who just wants some quality personal time but doesn’t want any part in it (unless there’s bacon involved).

Hide and seek time.

Hide and seek time.

This is a game that can be played in many different ways, but the basic idea is to hide from your dog and then call them when they’re nearby. You can use their bed or favorite toy as an indicator of where you are hiding. If you have multiple people in the house, one person should stay with the dog while the others hide. This way, your dog knows exactly who to go back to when they find you! Another variation of this game involves everyone hiding together in one room while one person waits outside with the dog on leash or a long line (also called a flexi lead). Once all players are hidden, release your pup into the room as well so they feel like part of the action!

Take your walks as a team.

  • Take your walks as a team.

Take your dog on a walk every day with you, if possible. Make sure that the walk is positive for both of you; don’t drag him along when he doesn’t want to go, and make sure he gets plenty of breaks along the way, so he’s not exhausted by the end of it.

  • Go to his favorite place. If your dog has a place where he loves to run around or play fetch with other dogs at night, take him there during daylight hours instead so that they get used to seeing each other in broad daylight (and don’t startle each other).

Exhaust his energy.

You should make sure your dog is getting enough exercise to exhaust his energy. This can be done by playing games, taking him on walks and play fetch, taking him for a swim, or playing hide and seek. If you have another dog friend that you can play with your dog with then this will also help him get tired. You may even want to consider purchasing new toys for him so he has something else he can play with when he gets bored of the old ones.

Train him to walk on a loose leash.

  • Use a long line. A long line acts as something of a leash and harness in one. It’s designed to give you control over your dog when he’s off-leash, but it doesn’t restrain him so much that he feels like he can’t move or explore his surroundings.
  • Use a training collar. This type of collar is designed to give you more control over your dog than just using a regular slip-collar would allow for, but not so much that it restricts his movement in any way. You should always be able to pull back on the training collar without causing pain or discomfort for your pup.
  • Use a head halter (also known as an H- or Muzzle). This kind of tool attaches around both ears and nose simultaneously, which allows owners to easily guide their dogs without using either leash or food rewards alone—and many people find that this method helps prevent barking and lunging at other animals while out on walks!

Always stay calm.

  • Stay calm. Even if your dog is excited or anxious, you need to keep a level head. If you get upset, your dog will take it as a cue to be more nervous than ever.
  • Don’t chase your dog when he runs away. If he knows that running away gets him what he wants (attention), then he will continue doing so in the future! Instead, give him a treat or toy when he returns so that you can redirect his attention back towards you rather than whatever distraction was distracting him before.*
  • Don’t yell at your dog in frustration when he runs away from home—this only makes them feel like they have done something wrong and reinforces their instinctual desire to escape.*
  • Don’t punish them for escaping by shackling/chaining them outside (or any other cruel method) — this only makes them more likely to do whatever it takes in order not just for freedom again but also so as not be subjected again.*

With some work and patience you can teach your dog to not run away.

With some work and patience you can teach your dog to not run away. The first step is to make sure that your dog is tired, well trained, well fed, well exercised and well socialised. If not then this will be much more difficult for you as a trainer.

Once your dog has been properly trained in all aspects of his behaviour, then it’s time to begin teaching him that running away from you isn’t acceptable. This process will take time but eventually he will learn that running away is wrong so if he wants treats or pets or attention he’ll have to stay with you instead of running off somewhere else!


It’s safe to say that you’ve got a handle on how to train your dog not to run away. Remember, dogs are escape artists and they will do whatever it takes to get out of their confinement. This means that you have to be prepared with several different training methods in order to keep them close by whenever possible. If one doesn’t work try another method until something clicks into place for both of you!

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