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If you brought your dog home as a puppy before 12 weeks of age then you probably experienced the joy of your puppy sticking close and following you no matter where you went. Cookie Or Toy Toss: Using a treat or toy your dog dearly loves, toss it out a couple of feet in front of you. Call Between Friends And Family Members: Have toys and treats available and take turns calling your dog between you. Your dog may think he was born to run away, but your patience, consistency, training and management can help your dog learn to stick around.
Sharon Crowell-Davis, DVM, DACVB, professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia, says your dog is likely telling you something about himself.
Believe it or not, this life stage can be just as exhausting when it comes to raising dogs.

Then, one morning, your puppy was no longer following you but running off in the opposite direction.
Some dogs within the same household can have very different reactions to an opportunity to run free. The adolescent period of dog development starts between 12 to 16 weeks and encompasses the next couple of years, depending on the breed.
Getting your dog to come when called rather than running off is part of puppy socialization training, and even older dogs can learn to come when called, but it takes practice.
He was right by my side, and then, all of a sudden, he took off running out of the driveway and down the street. Only when he had a near-perfect track record in all kinds of situations did I allow him more freedom.

No matter the cause, running away is a preventable behavior if you use patience, consistency and proper training. In the same way some people are homebodies, some dogs prefer the familiarity and comfort of home. Bulldogs, for instance, are unable to run fast and are not going to have much of an opportunity to take off, Dr.

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