Why and How Your Dog Escapes

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As much as you and your dog love each other, they may sometimes run away. Some dogs respond to certain triggers which causes a flight response where they look for ways to escape and run for safety. Dogs are independent, strong-headed, athletic and can get themselves out of seemingly impossible situations. But, they are still unpredictable animals. Think it can’t happen to you? Here are the top reasons why your dog might escape and how they are doing it.


  • Boredom – Dogs get easily bored and are curious by nature. If they are bored at home they may escape to find adventure.
  • Loneliness – Dogs are pack animals. They need love and attention too. Enough said!
  • Separation Anxiety – We’ve all seen this one before. Some dogs/breeds become very anxious when home alone. They try any means possible to find their family. That means escaping.
  • Fears – Most dogs fear loud noises and look for ways to escape the chaos. Fireworks, thunder, sirens, loud cars, smoke detector, etc… It could be something else in their environment such as, a low-frequency noise, a ride in the car, a crowded place or howling winds.
  • Urge to Mate – If your dog hasn’t been spayed or neutered, well… they probably want to meet a friend. Therefore, they leave in search of love.
  • Little Exercise – Dogs need daily exercise. Without it, they may run away just because they need to run.
  • Diggers and Climbers – Depending on the breed, some dogs like to dig holes under fences and walls while others like to jump them.
  • Territory Protection – Dogs with “guarding” instincts may escape to chase intruders from your property.
  • Predators – Some dogs with high prey instinct may chase animals from your property.
  • Avoiding an Unfamiliar Place – When dogs are brought to a new home, often they escape in search of their previous home or out of fear.
  • A Bad Home Environment – Dogs often look to escape an abusive household.


  • Some dogs jump fences and walls while others climb them.
  • Digging under fences and walls.
  • Your friend opening the front door, UPS guy, housekeeper, guest, child, gardener, police, maintenance man, landlord, burglar, etc…
  • Slipping out of their harness while with a dog walker, with you, at the kennel, etc…
  • Breaking free from broken leashes, collars or harnesses.
  • Running when opening your car door.
  • Jumping out of the car window when moving or still.
  • Jumping off balconies or patios.
  • Breaking through electric fences. If a dog panics, he can easily break through these type of fences.
  • Learning how to open the gate or squeezing through it.
  • Chewing through screen doors and windows.
  • Accidentally dropping the leash at the wrong time. It happens!


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  • Hire a recommended, professional dog trainer.
  • Put locks on your gates and/or doors.
  • Teach your children and those who enter your home how to lock the gates and/or doors.
  • Periodically, examine your dog’s leashes, collars and harness for breaks and wear and tear. Replace them if necessary.
  • Check the strength of screen windows and doors. Dogs are strong and even stronger in panic mode.
  • Walk your dog daily and research their specific, “daily exercise needs.”
  • Play with them. Start with fetch.
  • Teach your dog commands or tricks. Try some new ones.
  • Never leave all of your dogs toys out at once. They can become over-stimulated.
  • Rotate your dog’s toys. They get bored chewing on the same old thing.
  • Stimulate your dog’s mind with dog toys for mental stimulation when you’re not home. They exist and they work!
  • Keep your dog inside when you’re not home.
  • Do a safety check around your property and/or fence. Fix any possible, “escape” areas. Think like a dog!
  • Try a doggie day care where they can play with other dogs while you’re at work.
  • Get a companion. Yes, this means adopting another dog who needs a forever home!

Never punish your dog if he has escaped. Any dog will associate punishment with what they were doing at that exact point in time. Punishing your dog even verbally won’t eliminate the unwanted behavior and will more than likely make it worse.

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