How to stop your dog from running away when she is off the leash?

Does anyone have any tips on how to deter your dog from running away? My dog is fairly obedient at home she is about 1 year old and she is toilet trained however when she is outside she just gets over excited and runs away if she is not on a leash she doesnt go far but will not come to you when you call. I’ve tried offering treats when she is good but it doesnt work. She is not obedient when she is in our home only outside the doors.

I dont want to have to have her on a leash at all times when I take her to the park

Does anyone have any tips on how to train a dog to come when you call them?

Answer #1

you can also try and go to a local obedience class and they will teach things like the dog healing at your side on and off leash, even outdoors

Answer #2

my dog keeps running away he listens to me when he is in the house but when he is outside he dosn’t listen so he does not get off the leash if anyone can helf me text back

Answer #3

Another training method. that can be used on more willful dogs, Before you start letting them off the lead, is to use a long lead enough to give the dog freedom to venture away from you, but still gives you control. can also help with keeping your dog in good heeling habbits. Everytime the dog wants to stray remind it that it shall go as you allow it and keep bring it back to heel with the chosen command. Dogs will not always respond to standard treats, work-out what your dog appreciates more snacks, pats or your attention… All dogs have a unique personality being willing to adapt is the best method, each dog I`ve trained has taken a different path… So far the best and now the easiest is to train my dogs using an older alpa dog who will show the pups how things are done, nothing like teamwork…

Answer #4

what happens when your dog comes back? is it a positve thing for him ? my collie never came back after a game of ball throwing and would sit away from me and if I walked closer to him he would move away and sit again . I then thought if I were him I wouldnt come back either as he is put on the leash and the game ends!! so I had to work at reversing the game. I took two balls to the park and only when he came back did I throw the ball , so if he didnt come back there was no game. he learned that coming back ment more play instead of game over! it took a day or two of patients and a stand off or two in the park where I didnt move and either did he. now he comes back ever time expecting to play . he is fine with the time he comes back and I clip on the lead and say game over. good luck and do ask yourself what does coming back mean to your dog ???

Answer #5

I have the same issue with my dog and the advice given doesnt help I try use a stern voice and when hes inside it works but outside when we go to the park to play ball he gets distracted and he just wont come when hes called he has run away to many times and now I am afraid to let him of the leash again we got him when he was 2 years old and we have done the basic re-training but at his old owners he got into a habit of always running away and now he wont get out of it. what do I do?

Answer #6

hi I had the same with my dog and I watched dog borstal and what they did was the had a larga room the owner would sit in a chair with a small coca cola bottle half full with stones and she had her dog on a exstendabl lead and when the dog wanderd off she would say come once if it dont work take the bottle and hit it hard and loud on that floor and at the same time shout come keep doing this and offering the dog treats every time but dont be worried about the dog not likeing you because I did the same and me and my dog are still best friends now I hope this helps it helped me and the ladie on dog borstal

Answer #7

my cousin’s pug is the same way she wont listen unless you have chicken

I found this on google: Dog owners frequently repeat commands over and over. If your dog didn’t respond the first time, repetition isn’t going to help. Repeating commands teaches a dog that either the command is meaningless or that it’s ok to respond in their own sweet time!

We should never ask for a behavior that we aren’t at least 80% sure we will get after asking the first time. If there are too many distractions, we’re in a new situation, or the behavior just isn’t very well learned; then we probably won’t get the behavior we want.

Train quietly. It’s a hang-over from the old military-style dog training that we bellow commands at our dogs. Dogs actually have a powerful sense of hearing, and can hear our tiniest whispers. That’s not to say that a command shouldn’t be clear and audible, but if you only ever bellow commands during training, don’t expect your dog to learn to pay attention to you unless you are bellowing. A dog who has learned to listen carefully will tend to pay more attention.

A bit of meaningless chitter-chatter is ok every so often, but dogs don’t speak our language and we don’t want our cues to become lost amongst the noise. When training, try not to talk too much. Effective communication comes through quality and clarity, not quantity.

If you find yourself in a situation where your dog won’t respond to a cue, and you’re sure he knows it in other situations then ask yourself “what is different about this situation?” It could be that there are too many distractions for your dog to focus. It could be that the situation is vastly different from any that you have trained in.

Go back to basics when this happens. Remove distractions if you can, and re-introduce them slowly. Start at the beginning in a new situation, even if it means using a food lure briefly to ‘get the behavior’. If there’s too much going on, move away from the action a bit.

Remember to always set your dog up for success. If your dog can’t succeed, you can’t reinforce. If you can’t reinforce, nothing useful has been learned.

While we’re on the topic of reinforcement - make sure your rewards are meaningful. By definition, reinforcement is only reinforcement if it increases or maintains behavior. A full-up dog being offered lousy treats, or a dog-tired dog being offered a chance to chase a ball is probably not going to be too interested in training.

Quit while you are ahead. Don’t try to train for too long. If you train too long you start getting sub-standard behavior. Reinforcing sub-standard behavior will only give you more sub-standard behavior in the future.

Don’t feel like you have to reinforce every behavior you ask for and get. Once the behavior is well learned, stop reinforcing the worst offerings. e.g If your dog is trained to come when called, don’t reinforce if he takes too long to respond. Set him up for success, and reinforce the faster responses only.

Train often. Dogs need to learn to learn, and by training often and training consistently, your dog will learn how to play the training game with you. It should be a game, too. If training isn’t like playing a game with your dog, it stops being fun for both of you.

Be worth listening to. Be someone your dog trusts and respects. Be predictable, confident, calm, and decisive. When you make a decision, stick with it. If you decide that your dog can’t sit on the couch, lead him onto his mat every time he sits on the couch. Don’t give in just because he’s giving you “those eyes”. It’s another matter altogether if you decide to invite your dog onto the couch as a reward for giving you some other behaviour you asked for, though.

Answer #8

Thanks softball, I’ll give it a go :)

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