The Great Escape

When You Open the Front Door, He Runs Out and Won't Come Back
This problem can only be solved by a closed door or through obedience training. The command STAY is the proper command to prevent your dog from running out the door. If he doesn?t run out in the first place, you won't have to worry about his coming back or not.

When the Gate Is Open, He Won't Stay
STAY is a precise obedience command that is usually taught in connection with the command SIT or DOWN. Merely telling your puppy to stay when you open the gate is meaningless. He must be taught the specifics of that command as part of an overall obedience course. To solve this problem, you must place an emphasis on teaching the command STAY.

When You Take Him Off the Leash, He Won't Come to You
If the dog has not been trained on-leash, there is no reason to expect him to obey your commands off-leash. Another possible reason a dog does not come when called is lack of trust. If the dog was yelled at, or called "bad dog," or had his name used in a negative manner, then maybe he is uncertain about the reception he will get when he reaches you. You may discover that your behavior is the problem. Running to greet you when called should be your dog's happiest experience of the day, and if it isn't, then something is wrong with your relationship.

When He Sees Other Dogs, He Runs and Won't Listen to You
Only dogs that have been obedience trained can be relied upon to stay with you when other dogs are available. There is no reason for a dog to ignore his instinct to run with other dogs unless he has been taught the command STAY.

The Minute You Unsnap the Leash, the Dog Runs Away
Most dogs understand the difference between being on-leash and off-leash. When he hears that snap, he understands that he is free. Your only hope of preventing him from bolting away from you when you unleash him is if he is obedience trained. To teach him not to bolt when you unsnap the leash, do this: Snap the spring clasp of the leash but do not take it off the collar. If the dog begins to bolt, give him a firm leash correction, say "No," and then praise him for obeying. Repeat this procedure until the dog no longer tries to run when you unsnap the leash.

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Revised Edition by Mordecai Siegal and Matthew Margolis.
Copyright (c) 1992, 2002 by Mordecai Siegal and Matthew Margolis.
Reprinted by permission of Fireside, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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