Why Does My Dog Like To Run Away?
Here’s a look at why your pet might be heading out and how you can help keep her home.
Why Dogs Escape
Frustration. Your dog might figure out a way to take off if she’s bored. Maybe you left her alone for a long time and she’s lonely. Or she may have lots of energy to use up because she doesn’t have toys or other dogs to play with.
Or maybe she’s having more fun somewhere else. She could be going to a neighbor’s house where there are other dogs or kids to play with.
Separation anxiety. Your dog might hit the road because it stresses her out to be apart from you. Does she get nervous when you get ready to leave? Does she destroy things in the house when you’re out? Or have accidents even though she’s house trained? These can all be signs of separation anxiety.
A dog with separation anxiety will usually run away right after you leave. The good news is she’ll probably stick close to home.
Fear. Some dogs run because they’re scared. Common fears include thunderstorms and fireworks. About 1 in 5 lost pets goes missing after a loud noise.
Sex drive. A dog that isn’t fixed may escape in search of a mate. Dogs become sexually mature when they’re around 6 months old. Because their drive is so high, it can be very hard to keep them confined.