Runaway Dog: Why Do Dogs Leave Home?


A lot of dogs that end up in animal shelters are runaways that are never claimed by their owners, perhaps because they don’t know their dog was picked up by a shelter in the first place. If worse comes to worst, your dog could get stolen, hit by a car or attacked by another animal while on their road to freedom. Yikes!

To prevent your dog from running away, you have to know why your dog is running away. Look a little deeper into his behavior patterns for clues to help you.

Boredom and loneliness– A dog who is stuck in an empty house all day would be inclined to run away. If given the choice between loneliness and freedom, the latter wins without question.

Sometimes they’re not running AWAY so much as running for some other reason. More reasons will be found on the next page.


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