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How to Keep Fido From Running Off

Do you have a furry getaway artist on your hands? Does your pooch bolt at the least opportunity? This is not uncommon in our canine friends. However, it’s both frustrating and dangerous. Here, a Marietta, GA vet offers tips on keeping Fido from running away.

Understand Why Fido Is Bolting

Dogs can run off for many reasons. Fido may be chasing a squirrel or cat, or trying to get to another dog. Fear can also be a factor: your pooch could be frightened of something, like a loud noise. Man’s Best Friend has also been known to chase cars. Of course, some pups just want to explore! Try to figure out why your furry buddy is running off.

Training

We recommend that all dogs know basic commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. If Fido doesn’t have these down yet, take him back to school! You may also want to try working with your canine companion using a retractable leash. Just avoid using these on busy roads, or near other dogs.

What Not To Do

It can be very scary and annoying to realize that your dog has just taken off on you. However, don’t yell at your dog. If he realizes that you’re angry, he may just try even harder to stay away! Also, when you do catch Fido, don’t punish him. Dogs don’t understand the concept of punishment. Your canine pal may associate your reaction with his return, and form a bad association with coming back. That’s the last thing you want!

Rewards

The best thing you can do is to convince your furry friend that coming back to you is always fun. When your pup comes to you, heap praise on him, and offer toys and treats.

Tips

While your pooch is still learning not to run off, you may want to take precautions to help you find him if he does get away. First and foremost, make sure that Fido is microchipped and wearing proper ID tags. You may want to get him a GPS-equipped collar. We also recommend making sure that your fencing is secure. If your pup has dug beneath the fence, bury chicken wire beneath it, and then weight it down with rocks.

Please contact us, your Marietta, GA vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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