We all know that feeling of coming home and finding that your dog is not there. You look in the backyard and there is a dog sized hole under the fence. Your heart drops to your stomach as you begin looking for your dog.
Hopefully you find them again, but why would they run away in the first place? Especially when you give it love, attention, exercise, and food? Turns out, there are a few reasons why. We even have a funny video at the end of this post to help you remember.
6 Reasons Your Dog Runs Away
#1. Looking for Love
If your dog hasn’t been spayed or neutered, this is probably the reason why. Dogs can smell each other from up to a mile away. Mating is a strong drive from dogs, so if they get the opportunity, they could make a break for it.
Because dogs have such excellent hearing, loud noises can frighten them easily. Things like fireworks, construction, or traffic can scare your dog. When dogs feel threatened, they want to escape to a place that feels safe. If they have the ability to get out of the house, they will keep running until they feel safe.
Additionally, natural disasters will obviously terrify your dog, so it is very common for dogs to run away because of an earthquake, mudslide, etc.
#3. Separation Anxiety
Our dogs love us, and most will have some anxiety when we leave them. If it gets bad enough, they might just break out of the house to come looking for us.
Continue to the next page to see 3 more reasons and a funny video that puts it all into perspective.
#4. The Hunt
It is easy to forget sometimes, but dogs are still animals, and their ancestors were fierce predators. As a result, they still have the instinct to hunt. If they are looking out the window and see a cat, squirrel, or anything else they decide would be fun to chase, they can escape and follow it for quite a while.
Dogs may be simple creatures, but they still need mental stimulation. If they aren’t being walked enough, trained enough, or otherwise occupied enough, they will take the first chance they get to go find some adventure on their own.
6. New House
Finally, dogs are creatures of habit. They like having the same setting and routine, just like people. If you have moved recently or are in a different setting, dogs may run away to find their familiar home.
These are just some of the reasons your dog could be running away. It is always helpful to take care of all your dog’s needs, train them as well as you can, and spay or neuter them.
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