Typical causes for running away or chasing

1. Running away

  • Separation anxiety
  • Fears and phobias
  • Sexual drive
  • Games, investigation, social contact

2. Chasing

  • Territorial protection
  • Predatory instincts

Separation anxiety: Excessive attachment to the master incites the dog to run away in order to find him. The dog usually attempts to escape within thirty minutes after the master's departure. An exception to the rule occurs when the master is in the yard, or is out getting the mail, and the dog wants to join him. If the dog escapes, whether the master is present or not, the behavior probably does not emanate only from separation anxiety, but rather from other related causes.

A typical case of separation anxiety would have the dog sitting by the door, waiting for his master to return. If the design of the house and yard does not allow for escape, the dog will vent his anxiety by barking, wailing, or by destroying his environment (digging up the fence, for example. Other signs of separation anxiety will show up, like a dog following his master all over the house, overreacting when greeting people, or by panicking when the master is no longer in view. Before a departure, the dog becomes nervous. These dogs are very attached to their masters and will demand more attention, such as being petted and stroked on demand. Furthermore, they become very anxious when interaction with the master is impossible. The dog´s anxiety level must be reduce, especially when he is alone. Please consult the pages in this manual which deal with separation anxiety. Increasing exercise and education time, and modifying your fence will ensure that the dog will have little chance of escaping.

Fears and phobias: Some dogs escape when they are afraid. One of the stimuli which trigger fear is a loud noise, such as thunder, or a firecracker. The dog wants to hide in a safe place to get away front the stimulus. At first, the noise will trigger the escape. If the source of his fear (the noise) occurs on his turf, he could come to think that the yard itself is a bad place, and will come to fear the yard instead of the noise. For many dogs, only a few the yard instead of the noise. For many dogs, only a few experiences in a specific area are enough to trigger a generalization effect. In a few extreme cases, the dog will be afraid to go oust side even though the family is present; he will got out briefly and will want to go back in right away.

To solve this probl em, the fear-causing stimulus must be isolated. This fear will the be diminished by reverting to the desensitization and counter-conditioning approaches described at the beginning of this Section. We suggest that you consult an ehtologist or behaviorist veterinarian. You must make sure that the dog cannot escape by reinforcing an existing fence, or building a new one if necessary. You must avoid having the dog come into contact with the unwanted stimulus. If necessary, medication should be given to the dog.

Sex drive: Running away caused by the sex drive is a type of problem found with non-spayed males that roam around, looking to join a female during a period of receptivity. If the dog gets severely scolded for running away because of this sex drive, aggressive behavior could ensue. Types of running away patterns vary from dog to dog. If the dog can sniff a female in the area, he will run away more often. The dog will escape whether the master is there or not. However, if the dog is scolded for escaping, he will then wait for the master to leave to run away. The dog must be prevented from leaving his territory during heat period. To increase the effect, practice the exercise when the dog thinks you are absent, although it is probable that the dog will not be 100% reliable when left alone.

Remote Controlled Dog Trainer Using Spray Commander: Preliminary Remarks Programming the Remote Control Dog Training The dog's place within the family Socialization Causes for Dog Disobedience Rules and Notions of Behavior Indicators for Good and Bad Behavior Two Categories for Positive Reinforcement (Primary, Secondary) The "SOUND" Option on Spray Commander When to stop using the sound How to Reward a Dog When to use the Citronella Spray The Warning Feature on Spray Commander How to Use Correction Wisely Play During and After Training Session Never Let the Dog Win Stress and Your Dog The Ten Basic Commands Sequence Chart 1: Primary Training Phase Sequence Chart 2: Obedience Training How to Begin Obedience Training Obedience Training "SIT' when the dog is standing "DOWN" when the dog is seated "SIT" when the dog is lying down "STAND" 1 when the dog is seated "STAND" 2 when the dog is lying down "DOWN" when the dog is standing Consolidation Exercises Practice the commands from a distance Positive Association "STAY" Command The "STAY" command from a distance "HEEL" Command How to obtain desired results with a leash When the dog constantly tugs at the leash The Gentle Leader Collar for Dogs "DON’T TOUCH" Command Biting Dog Games "STOP" Command Spray Commander: A Short-Term Training Tool Re-Educating Your Dog Dealing with Unacceptable Behavior How to Evaluate a Problem Counter-conditioning and systematic desensitization 2. Systematic desensitization 3. Immersion Problems with Soiling Possible causes for soiling Fears and phobias Urinating by submission or excitement How to solve the problem The importance of a cage in education for soiling Should you catch your dog in the act Underlying reasons most frequent in dealing with soiling problems: The pack leader controls the food Examples of dominant behavior How lo introduce your dog to strangers Dog Destruction Possible causes for destruction Games and investigating the environment The dog that demands attention How to prevent destruction Before leaving the house Make sure that the dog gets enough exercise How to Prevent Chasing or Running Away Typical causes for running away or chasing Game investigation social contact Procedure to counter chasing The dog that Jumps and Grabs at People Picking up or Stealing Objects How to Stop Your Dog from Stealing Coprophagia - The dog that eats his stools The Agitated, Excitable Dog The Dog Cries to Obtain Attention or Food Separation anxiety Treating Separation Anxiety Separation Anxiety Steps 4-5 Separation Anxiety Steps 6-8 Conclusion regarding Separation Anxiety Fear of men The difference between a fearful dog and a dominant aggressive dog Fear of certain people or other dogs How the Dog reacts to Change Automobile Rides Dog Tricks and Games The search for a person or an object : "Bring to", "Bring the in" "SNIFF / FETCH" Game "JUMP" Game "ROLL OVER" Trick "GIVE YOUR PAW" "THERE'S A BISCUIT ON YOUR NOSE!" How to establish limits with Spray Barrier How to prevent the dog from leaving his territory and running away Excessive barking How are undesirable behaviors reinforced? Feline Problems Feline vocalisation Inappropriate Elimination Behavior Inappropriate Spraying in Cats Aggression among Cats How to select a good educator if you need help Dog Behavior Glossary