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How do you stop a dog from digging? 13 tips

How do you stop a dog from digging? 13 tips

Is your garden full of holes because of your dog? Wondering how to stop a dog from digging?

You are in the right place!

Rest assured, with a few simple tips you can stop this frequent behavior in our canines.

Here’s how to keep your dog from digging holes in your yard or elsewhere.

1.Understand the reason

There are many reasons a dog can dig holes. And it is essential to understand why your dog is adopting this behavior in order to adopt the most suitable strategy for his specific case.

Here are the main reasons dogs dig:

  • Breed predisposition

Most breeds have been developed to help us with certain tasks. And among these tasks, hunting.

Many breeds have in fact been used for a long time to sniff, track and bring back game (birds, deer, fish, etc.).

Skills that have become over time a real natural instinct, anchored in their genes.

Today, and despite the fact that these dogs have become pets, they still have this need to follow trails, hunt, and… dig.

Among these breeds, we can notably mention the Jack Russel Terrier, the Border Collie, the Dachshund, the English Setter, or the Golden Retriever.

  • Boredom

The boredom in dogs, as in humans, is always a source of stupidity.

Because what do we do when we are bored? We are looking to occupy ourselves!

And when there is nothing to do, we usually turn to unsavory options.

It is the same with dogs.

If a dog is bored, it will always have a tendency to develop inappropriate behaviors like chewing, destroying, and digging holes.

  • Weather

A hot dog will always seek shelter to cool off. Just as if it starts to rain, it will seek shelter.

So, if your dog is left in the sun in the middle of August, without shade, it will always try to find places to cool down.

And when there is nothing for it, digging the earth is the last resort.

  • Hide its food

Hiding food to protect it from thieves and saving it for later is another natural instinct of dogs.

And where is the best place to hide its food? Underground, in the garden.

  • Separation anxiety

Separation anxiety is a behavioral disorder that involves a dog that can not stand being away from its master.

This stress related to the absence of the loved one can cause inappropriate behavior, even knocking, such as excessive barking, or the fact of digging holes.

  • Escape attempt

Another reason your dog digs holes is the desire to run away.

It could be from something interesting that is on the other side of the fence, revealing an urge for adventure, or even boredom.

If your dog is digging holes near your fences, then it is very likely that it’s trying to escape the house.

  • Lack of physical stimulation

Boredom is a lack of mental stimulation that can cause a dog to dig holes in the vegetable patch.

But the lack of physical stimulation is another reason that can explain this behavior.

Indeed, when a dog suffers from an excess of energy, it will always seek to exert itself and relieve its frustration through activities such as chewing on objects or digging holes.

  • The fear

The fear can push a dog to dig, to take refuge in a hole he can not retire elsewhere.

Among the frequent phobias, we can cite the fear of thunderstorms or the phobia of fireworks.

As a rule, loud noises frighten dogs trying to protect themselves by taking cover.

2.Using a natural repellant to prevent a dog from digging

How do you stop a dog from digging? 13 tips

Once you understand the cause, you can begin to strategize for your dog.

If your dog is digging holes because it smells enticing or arousing its curiosity, you can use deterrent scents.

You can especially sprinkle the places where it likes to dig, a small amount of cayenne pepper.

Once your dog sniffs this pepper, which irritates its nostrils slightly, it will tend to stop digging into the area.

Here are other ingredients that may deter your dog from digging:

  • Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, grapefruits)
  • Coffee grounds
  • Lemongrass essential oil
  • Anti-chewing spray

+ A word from the veterinarian: “Before exposing your dog to any natural repellent, it is recommended to talk to your veterinarian who will know if this element can be dangerous for your animal. “

3.Block access to your dog

Obviously, the most effective way to stop a dog from digging is to prevent it from accessing the area.

So, if your dog persists in digging in a specific area, you can protect that location with a wire mesh, gate, or fence.

Another option is to purchase a baby gate for the steps leading up to where your dog tends to dig.

In this way, your dog will not be able to leave the area which is authorized for it, to go on the grass or in the vegetable garden below.

Fences are a popular solution to keep dogs from digging in vegetable gardens and flower beds.

+ Canine Behavior Expert Tip: “When choosing a fencing solution, consider your dog’s breed. A low fence will likely prevent a Chihuahua from entering. In contrast, a large dog, such as a Cattle Dog or German Shepherd , will need a much higher fence. Some dogs will also not stop because of the fence and will dig holes upstream to go under. For these dogs, anti-runaway fences exist. You can buy them in specialty stores or on the Internet and on sites like Amazon. “

4.Create an area dedicated to this activity

Instead of letting your dog choose where to dig in your yard, why not decide for it?

To do this, all you need to do is create a digging area just for your dog.

For example, you can provide a sandbox.

To encourage it to dig in this area, consider hiding some treats or toys, so that he naturally wants to go there.

By regularly hiding rewards in this dedicated digging area, your dog won’t want to dig anywhere else!

Also, and if your pet persists in digging elsewhere, reorient its behavior using a training technique called ”  positive reinforcement  .”

To do this, move your dog to the area where it’s allowed to dig when it digs elsewhere and reward it when it starts digging holes in the dedicated area. The reward can be treats or hugs.

Do this every time to associate this place with a positive experience.

5.Teach it basic commands

How do you stop a dog from digging? 13 tips

By teaching your dog basic commands like “  Don’t move  ”, “stop” or “  sit ”, you will be able to more easily prevent it from digging if you catch it in the act.

On the other hand, once you’ve asked your dog to stop digging and it has obeyed you, consider redirecting its behavior to another activity, such as playing.

6.Stimulate your dog

Physical and mental stimulation is essential to prevent your dog from letting off steam in your yard out of frustration, excess energy, or boredom.

More so, stimulating your dog daily and enough is necessary for it to be healthy, balanced, and happy.

To do this, you just need to take the time to meet its needs.

Take it out daily, spend time playing together, teach it new tricks, go for a walk, socialize it, go to the park… Anything is good for spending your dog’s energy and stimulating its mind.

If you don’t have time to exercise your dog, consider hiring a pet sitter or asking a loved one for help.

In addition, and during your absences, give your dog the opportunity to take care of itself. This can be, for example, through occupation games, such as a lick mat.

+ The veterinarian’s advice: “Not all dogs have the same exercise needs. Some dogs should enjoy long daily walks, while for others short outings are sufficient. A greyhound, for example, will not have the same needs as a pug. An older dog with osteoarthritis will also need to avoid strenuous exercise, while a healthy, prime great dane will be able to withstand longer distances. To find out what your dog’s needs are, consult your veterinarian. “

7.Change soil

Dogs prefer to dig on soft ground, such as dirt or sand.

If the soil in your garden is too hard, your dog will naturally avoid digging in that spot.

So, and if it is possible for you, cover the area where your dog is digging with a hard material, such as wooden planks.

You can also lay pretty stones on it to deter your dog or add a decorative element that it cannot move.

8.Solving the problem of separation anxiety

Is your dog too attached to you? it may miss you so much when you’re not around that it lets off steam on your garden when you leave it alone.

This extreme attachment is called “separation anxiety” and is a common problem in our canines.

Behaviors associated with separation anxiety include:

  • Do its business where it shouldn’t
  • Perambulate
  • Barking and howling
  • Chew or be destructive
  • Dig holes

If your dog is an anxious digger, the solution is simple: Solve the problem of separation anxiety!

In general, this is about teaching your dog to appreciate (or at least tolerate) being left alone.

There are also a wide variety of natural solutions that help relieve separation anxiety in dogs.

One of the most popular is that of calming treats.

Solutions include calming sprays or leaving unwashed clothes at home that smell like you.

Once your dog’s separation anxiety has resolved, it’s highly likely that its tendency to digging will too!

How do you stop a dog from digging? 13 tips

9.Reassure your dog

A frightened dog may have a tendency to dig a hole for protection.

If your dog digs holes occasionally, observe its surroundings.

Maybe it’s just scared.

This could for example be due to a loud noise such as a nearby lawnmower or fireworks.

If your dog is digging holes because it’s trying to hide, the first solution is to take it to safety.

To do this, place it in a place where it feels safe and move it away from the noise or phobia in question.

In the longer term, teach your dog not to be afraid anymore, through positive reinforcement.

10.Check that your dog is not pregnant

Is your dog pregnant?

If so, digging holes may be related to nesting behavior.

Indeed, shortly before giving birth, a pregnant bitch seeks a safe shelter for her young. Even if it has to do it herself.

If your pregnant dog is digging a hole, it’s probably trying to create a safe place to hide her newborns.

This is a natural instinct that bitches developed when they were in the wild and that they needed to protect puppies from predators.

So, to prevent your dog from digging holes to find a safe place to give birth, create a comfortable and reassuring area for her to give birth to her puppies.

The easiest way to do this is to use a special box, which your dog can easily get in and out of.

11.Protect your dog from the weather

How do you stop a dog from digging? 13 tips

In some gardens, there are patios, shady trees, and all kinds of cozy places for a dog to take shelter when it’s too hot, too cold, raining, snowing, or windy.

However, other gardens are only decorated with grass and bordered by a fence.

If this looks like your yard, this could be the reason your dog is digging, especially if it happens when the weather changes.

If your exterior does not offer any shelter for your dog, he will naturally try to build it on its own by digging.

Don’t want your dog to dig a hole for protection?

The solution is simple! Keep your dog cool during summer days and shelter it during bad weather.

This could be through a doghouse, or simply by tucking it in when it’s raining or it’s too hot.

Be careful, even if your dog has a doghouse, it can still dig.

Indeed, if the doghouse is in full sun, it can be hotter in its hut than outside.

For those who want to spoil their dog, you can also opt for a dog pool so that your pet can cool off on summer days.

You can buy them at pet stores, specialty stores, or on websites like Amazon.

Are you on a tight budget? A large plastic container can double as a dog pool, as long as your dog can fit in.

12.Get rid of rodents

Does your dog keep digging in the same place? it may be trying to dig up an animal that is hiding in your soil.

Here are some examples of common pests lurking in the earth:

  • Marmots
  • Moles
  • the rats
  • Mice
  • Rabbits
  • Lizards
  • The snakes
  • Bedbugs
  • The insects
  • Frogs and toads

And if your curious dog notices a scent, they’ll dig your yard until they find their prey.

Dogs that have been bred to hunt or herd are most likely to dig for small animals in your yard.

This is the case with border collies, greyhounds, beagles, and dachshunds, all of which are dogs with a strong propensity for hunting.

To prevent your dog from digging because of this, the solution is simple: Remove the animal your dog is hunting, and your hole problem is solved.

In general, the best way to keep these pests out of your garden is to remove their food source.

For example, moles will go away if there are no worms to eat.

Depending on the parasite, you may need to contact an exterminator or even an animal control service.

Whatever parasite removal method you use, make sure it is safe for dogs. Many pesticides are toxic to dogs.

13.Do not argue with it, be caring, patient and understanding

It’s not a secret; dogs like to be covered with attention.

If your dog feels left out or ignored, then it may dig holes to get your attention.

And it doesn’t matter whether you scold it or stroke it, if you take care of it when it’s digging, that’s proof of care.

Any action on your part, no matter how negative, will cause your dog to associate digging with a way to get the attention he so desires.

To avoid this behavior, don’t scold and ignore it, trying all of the above solutions.

Once it’s done, praise it for any good behavior that doesn’t involve digging, like playing with its toys.

Also, consider whether you are spending enough time with your pooch.

The days go by quickly and you may not realize that you are neglecting your pet a bit.

If so, take more time for it.

Pet it, walk it, give it treats, play with it.

Even if it’s just spending a TV night together on the couch, your dog will appreciate being around you!

It’s not a secret; dogs like to be covered with attention.

If your dog feels left out or ignored, then it may dig holes to get your attention.

And it doesn’t matter whether you scold it or stroke it, if you take care of it when it’s digging, that’s proof of care.

Any action on your part, no matter how negative, will cause your dog to associate digging with a way to get the attention he so desires.

To avoid this behavior, don’t scold and ignore it, trying all of the above solutions.

Once it’s done, praise it for any good behavior that doesn’t involve digging, like playing with its toys.

Also, consider whether you are spending enough time with your pooch.

The days go by quickly and you may not realize that you are neglecting your pet a bit.

If so, take more time for it.

Pet it, walk it, give it treats, play with it.

Even if it’s just spending a TV night together on the couch, your dog will appreciate being around you!

Why does my dog ​​follow me to the bathroom?

Why does my dog ​​follow me to the bathroom

It is not strange that at home we cannot take a single step without running into our dog. For many, this close surveillance does not stop even when we go to the bathroom. It is clear that dogs do not handle the same concept of intimacy that we do!

Here we explain why your dog accompanies you to the bathroom. You may find it indifferent, but if this behavior makes you uncomfortable, we also give you solutions to keep your dog out of the toilet.

Dog are social animals

Dogs are social animals, with a herd instinct, this means that, in general, their entire life is spent within a family group. In other words, they are never alone and, if they get lost, they will immediately call to reunite their family. Wolves do it by howling. Domestic dogs do not need to howl.

But, equally, we are their reference and they will not want to lose sight of us. Not even when we go to the bathroom, although they are used to our absence when we have no choice but to leave them alone at home. In addition, it must be taken into account that the domestication process has prioritized the maintenance of the neoteny.

This means that the juvenile characteristics have been searched for and reproduced so that they continue into adulthood as well. Neoteny fosters the bond of interdependence that is established between dogs and humans. The result of thousands of years of symbiosis is that dogs need us, appreciate us and that is why they follow us.

Why does my dog ​​follow me to the bathroom

Territorial behavior of the dog

The dog has the need to control what is its territory. That is why it is not strange to observe it sniffing communications with the outside, such as doors and windows, or sticking its nose in any new object that we bring from outside. It is also very frequent that they bark giving the alarm voice.

This happens if they detect the nearby presence of an intruder. Dogs also keep watch and, if necessary, defend their basic resources. These are, for example, its food or its bed. But, in addition to controlling, they also love to know what we are doing, in case it is entertaining, they can participate.

In fact, surely at some time, when you are cooking or eating, you have dropped a piece and let them eat it. Or you have even given it something. Sharing food is a show of affection for us. Without realizing it, these bits are interpreted as rewards by the dog, in a way that reinforces its behavior of following and “watching” us.

The dog as an explorer

In addition to following us, looking for food, entertainment, or controlling the territory, dogs are curious. They are interested in knowing what we are doing in the bathroom. They want to smell everything since olfactory communication is essential for them. It is not in vain that it is its most developed sense.

In addition, their curiosity will increase if as soon as we enter the bathroom we close the door and deny them access. If this is the case, some dogs will cry or scratch at the door until we go outside again, thus expressing their frustration. You might end up opening the door for the dog. But keep in mind that this way you will be reinforcing that behavior.

behavior problem

Why does my dog ​​follow me to the bathroom

The company of our dog in the bathroom may not be a problem for us. Normally the dog enters, smells, or licks us if we bring our face or hand close to it, it sits or stands at the door, with its back to us, as if it were protecting us. Even if its visit doesn’t bother you, overdependence may indicate a problem.

In that case, you will need treatment. Normally we will also appreciate other symptoms. In the disorder known as separation anxiety, the dog does not tolerate not seeing each other even for a short period of time. As soon as we leave, it begins to bark, cry, destroy any object within its reach, defecate and urinate, etc.

In no case does the dog behave “badly” out of annoyance or on a whim. It is the manifestation of their suffering and that is why we must remedy it. There are general guidelines to solve this anxiety but, in the most serious cases, we will need the advice of an expert in canine behavior, an educator, or an ethologist.

Tricks so that your dog does not follow you to the bathroom

If our dog has a perfectly balanced behavior and the only problem we put on it is its habit of following us to the bathroom, we can take into account a series of measures so that it desists.

Also, there is no need to punish your dog. For some dogs this attention, even if it is negative, serves as a reinforcement to repeat the behavior that we want to suppress. Follow these tips to regain your privacy in the bathroom:

  • Just close the door: it is an effective measure, yes, but some dogs will react by crying or scratching the door. If we open up or scold them, we can reinforce this behavior.
  • Distract it : before entering the bathroom you can accompany your dog to its bed and give it its favorite toy or something that allows it to nibble for a while. If we get out of the bathroom and it’s still in its place, we’ll reward it to reinforce the behavior we like.
  • Teach it to wait:  dogs know the basic commands are essential for a good coexistence. Thus, if it understands “sitting” and “still” we can give it those commands just before entering the bathroom. The dog will stay at the door whether it is closed or open. If it doesn’t come in, reward it.
  • Make it happy: it is essential to cover the basic needs that ensure canine well-being. Your dog needs the physical exercise it needs and we must provide it with sufficient mental stimulation. A balanced dog is more difficult to develop behavior problems.

Can Dogs Be Gay? Myth or Reality

Can Dogs Be Gay

The question about the sexual orientation of dogs is likely to arise in the mind of a caregiver who has just discovered how their dog rides or is ridden by another male dog. But not all riding sequences have to do with reproduction.

And it is that, in the field of sexuality, we usually fall in the comparison of canine behaviors with humans. In other words, we humanize dogs. We resolve the doubt below.

Canine homosexuality

Scientists define homosexuality as the erotic inclination towards individuals of the same sex. Eroticism is defined, in turn, as sexual love or pleasure or as the character of what excites sexual love. But there are still a couple more concepts that we must know to hypothesize around possible canine homosexuality.

These are sexuality, which, again the scientists, explain as the sexual appetite, and reproduction, which is defined as the action and effect of reproducing. With all these concepts in mind, let’s now look at canine behavior in this area.

Can Dogs Be Gay

Sexual behavior and reproduction of dogs

Male dogs do not have a marked heat period as it does in females, which is receptive only in certain periods that take place approximately every 5-6 months. On the contrary, males will be able to reproduce as long as they detect a female in heat. And that’s the key.

If in human beings we talk about sexuality and intimate relationships can be established at any time, regardless of reproduction and, in addition, with an emotional component, in dogs, the sexual drive is only reproductive.

In males, it is triggered only in the presence of the female’s hormones that send the message that it is receptive to mating and the consequent reproduction and perpetuation of the genes of the species. 

My dog ​​rides other dogs

Can Dogs Be Gay

A male’s riding behavior over another is not synonymous with its being homosexual. It is also common to see it riding cushions, its bed, other animals, or human legs. It can even be mounted to another specimen by the head.

And it is that riding is not only a behavior linked to sexual hormones. This behavior in animals has been related to dominance, but also to the reinforcement of social relationships within the group or between individuals.

It is relatively common to observe these mounts, which can also be seen among females, in puppies with playful intentions, or, at any age, in dogs in need of releasing energy. It should also be taken into account that riding can be pleasant, which serves to reinforce the behavior and, therefore, repeat it.

What do I do if my dog ​​rides others

In principle, a punctual riding behavior is not worrisome. But if this does not stop repeating itself, the dog bothers people or other animals or is a sign of stress, it is necessary to intervene. The best way to avoid this type of riding is to stop it as soon as it starts.

Also, if it mounts our leg or that of another family member, we will have to interrupt the behavior and simply walk away. We can try to divert its attention to another game, but if it insists, you have to cut it off. After repeating this sequence several times, we will always weaken that behavior.

We can reward all its positive behaviors so it knows where to direct its energy. If the mounts indicate stress, review their living conditions and, if it does not improve, consult a canine behavior professional or ethologist. Of course, neutering is recommended as part of a responsible trend for both males and females.

Why Doesn’t My Dog Chew His Food?

Why Doesn't My Dog Chew His Food?

It often happens to see your four-legged friend not chewing when It eats Its kibble. Let’s see together why is your dog not chewing when eating.

Anyone living with a dog is aware of how many strange attitudes a dog can exhibit. One among many is the tendency to not chew its food.

This behavior, even if natural for dogs, arouses much concern with the owner as there is the fear of the dog choking on the food.

But let’s see together why your dog might chew when it eats and what we can do about it.

Why doesn’t my dog ​​chew when it eats?

There are many reasons why a dog does not chew when eating its food from the bowl.

First, it must be said that this type of behavior is completely instinctive.

In fact, nature dogs living in packs,  tend to eat their portion quickly to avoid other dogs from stealing its food, and therefore they tend to eat fast and skip the chewing part.

In captivity, the dog can exhibit this behavior especially if it coexists with other dogs. A Dog could eat quickly and without chewing to prevent a “fight” with other four-legged friends.

Furthermore, even a metal or glass bowl can lead our furry friend to eat quickly without chewing. As the noise caused by the impact of the nose with the bowl or the movement of the latter can scare the dog.

Finally, another reason why a dog might exhibits this behavior is entirely biological. In fact, the esophagus of our four-legged friends is able to elongate making it possible for the dog to ingest large pieces at the same time.

However, even if not chewing food is a natural behavior of the dog, it’s not always the best behavior, especially associated with the fact that the dog eats quickly. As the dog may throw up whole food or choke.

Why Doesn't My Dog Chew His Food?

My dog does not chew when it eats: what to do

As we said earlier, if a dog doesn’t chew and eat quickly it could be dangerous. What to do then?

To help your dog chew its food, you could first change Its bowl, a plastic one is preferable and larger so that the dog has only one layer of food.

It is also recommended to raise the food bowl so that the dog can feel more secure in his food and does not have to feel that its in a position to protect It from others.

After that, it would be wise to make sure that the environment in which the dog eats is relaxing.

You could also help your four-legged friend eat slowly and chew by moistening his food with water or giving him some wet food.

Finally, unless this behavior causes digestive problems in the dog, don’t worry it is a completely natural attitude.

Least effective method to retrieve a dog that has got off leash?

what is the least effective method to retrieve a dog that has got off leash?

If you are reading this article today it is because you are having a serious problem, a frustration that is surely preventing you from fully living your relationship with your dog.

Don’t worry, this problem exists with many owners – your dog doesn’t come back often, even when you call It.

You don’t dare let go of your dog because you are afraid that It will follow a car, a jogger, a bicycle, or even another dog. You always hesitate to let it run and exert itself as it should because you are not 100% sure that it will come back when you are indicated. You are partly right because mastering the recall is above all a safety asset for your dog who will not always be able to anticipate the dangers around It.

So rest assured, this problem is not an end in itself. It’s possible to get a good recall with a few simple tips and exercises, whatever the age and breed of your dog. Of course, the older your dog the longer it will take for It to fully obey as It will have been used to not doing so for much longer than a young dog.

But remember that there is always a solution, but before finding it you must, first of all, determine the cause of your dog’s lack of obedience on this point.

The Least effective method to retrieve a dog

Least effective method to retrieve a dog that has got off leash

Running after your dog while shouting its name. This approach is the least effective because shouting the dog’s name tends to make the dog run away faster as they think they will be punished or running after them could let them think it’s a game.

The causes that keep your dog from not coming back

Let’s take a look at some of the causes that make your pooch not listen to you when you call It:

  • Your dog may not be walked enough or released enough. If the leash is constantly stretched, it will cause frustration in your dog. This then explains why It takes advantage of being let go to do whatever It wants. Do not hesitate to use a large lanyard if you do not have the possibility to let it go completely, it will then be in, what I call, day parole and it will therefore be able to relax as it should. In addition, it is important to work on walking at the foot, or at least the good natural tracking on a leash so that the attached walks are still pleasant for your dog.
  • If your dog does not come back when there is stimulation like another dog, a bicycle, or a car, for example, when It crosses, It only has one desire: to run! .It’s, therefore, necessary to offer your dog a progressive work of socialization with a lanyard, to begin with in order to be sure to have control of the situation and especially to work on a regular basis.
Least effective method to retrieve a dog that has got off leash
  •  instinct! For example, if you have a hunting dog, Its instinct and sometimes even Its mission is to follow leads. If this is the case, apart from a specific tracking activity, it’s indeed very difficult to go against Its natural instinct. However, you can offer them an activity that meets their needs. Always keep in mind that having a hunting dog or working dog requires more attention and work than a toy dog. It is therefore essential to be well informed about the characteristics of the breed when you adopt a dog, do not choose It only because It’s “beautiful”.
  • Maybe your dog likened your recall to something negative as well? Either because It’s systematically attached when It’s called back to your feet or because It’s scolded when It returns. Well, it’s up to you to change that! During your walks, call It a few times “for nothing” without reattaching It, just rewarding It when It comes back, and then letting It go play.
  • Finally, maybe, quite simply, your master/dog relationship is not sufficiently complicit. This causes a lack of interest on the part of your dog. I advise you to resume and strengthen your play sessions with It and above all meet Its social needs.

Here are two simple step exercises to work on your dog’s recall: natural tracking and foot recall.

Natural monitoring

The goal here is to teach your dog to pay attention to you and your changes of direction in a natural way, i.e. without talking to It.

With a lanyard and on low stimulation terrain like your garden, for example, walk without really paying attention to your dog and when It’s too far from you: change direction, turn around, go in the opposite direction to It, without warning It. Do this several times and you will see that after a while (a few minutes is enough) your dog will anticipate your changes of direction and will therefore be much more vigilant of you.

Remember: the more you talk to your dog, the less It will look at you, and the more you pay attention to It, the less It will pay attention to you.  Your dog has to pay attention to you during the walks and the opposite.

You can play hide and seek when you walk with It: hide behind a tree or turn around without warning It! You will see: eventually, when It’s in front of you, It will look at you a lot more often and really pay attention to you.

Least effective method to retrieve a dog that has got off leash

The foot recall

First and foremost, your dog must recognize Itself when you call It. So make sure It knows what Its name is. If this is not the case, condition it: “Its name” = reward.

Then, an element to never forget: you must always follow a hint after its name. If you only say Its name, your dog won’t know what to expect from It. So don’t forget: “Its name” + “come” or “at the foot” for example.

A few tips to make sure you have the right attitude:

  • Avoid choosing cues like “come here” or “here” which end in the same way as “sit” and may in fact confuse your dog.
  • Recall your dog in a very positive way, by crouching down and patting Its legs.
  • Always reward your dog when It returns. What is rewarding my dog? It’s stroking it, giving it a treat, or playing with it. It’s up to you to observe your pooch and therefore to know what reward will be really positive in Its eyes.
  • If It doesn’t come back when you call It: don’t go to It, go! Create a distance between you and your dog and it will make your dog wanting to follow you in order to reconnect with you.

You now have all the keys in hand to successfully get a good recall of your pooch. But I recommend that you work on this indication at a young age of your puppy, since its adoption if possible.

Do’s and Dont’s when your dog gets off its leash

Don’ts when your dog gets off its leash:

  • Don’t shout. Your dog will tend to run away faster because they think that they will get punished.
  • Don’t run after them. your dog will think of it as a game so It will run much faster.
  • Don’t punish your dog. Don’t do this because your dog might think that you punished It because It returned back. Give your dog a treat to let It know that It did a good job.

Do’s when your dog gets off its leash:

  • Stop and lie down. Instead of running after your dog which could put more risk if you are near the street, do this. The dog will get curious why did you do that but it will make It come back to you to check what is wrong.
  • Stay calm. Panic will only worsen the situation. Staying calm is very important to think of ways on how to let your dog go back.
  • Call the dog by Its known name. Calling the dog’s name in a calm and cheerful voice will let the dog feel that It’s not in trouble.
  • Notify the public. Dogs tend to run fast to explore. If It’s been out for some time, notify the public right away before It goes far away from your area. In this way, your neighbors will be able to help you locate your dog.
  • Open your door. Most dogs find their way home on their own. The best thing to do is open your gate or your backyard door so that when It comes back .