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Dogs have a mind of their own, so you can expect them to put it to good use. This is why you can sometimes find your dog hopping about when they’re off the leash. Going off the leash isn’t reflective of your dog trainer’s efforts but rather the dog’s intuition and excitement. Surely, a loose dog hopping around may increase tension and cause panic. Getting them back in line should be the next line of action.

So, how do you get your by now off-the-leash dog to cooperate and get back in line? Find out the least effective methods you’re more likely to reach for and the most effective ones.

How not to retrieve a dog that has gone off-leash

You see the fear and panic in the faces of people around you when your dog goes off-leash. Naturally, you reach out to scream or yell out your dog’s name. At that moment, you create more panic in the minds of others, despite your dog wanting a little fun and excitement. You are likely complicating the issue by doing these;

Yelling and shouting

Yelling and shouting make the fun and excitement more thrilling for your dog. It is loose, taking in the environment and exploring its fantasies. Yelling and shouting can cause them to plunge deeper into the environment for safety.

You’d achieve more without screaming or shouting at them from a distance. 

Running to them

Everybody understands the natural urge to take after your dog after it goes off-leash. This is a really bad idea as your pet may take it as an encouragement. The problem, however, is that a fit and healthy dog can outpace you, making it harder to catch up with them.

A better alternative would be to abandon the natural urge to run after them.

Punishments can be threatening

The way you handle your pet after committing an offense can either reinforce bad behaviors or positive ones. Punishing your dog may create a threatening bond between you and them. They may take off another time and never return.

How to retrieve your dog after it has gone off-leash

Tempt with a treat

Your dog is more likely to respond to a treat faster than your screams and yells. Make it a learning point for yourself and your dog. Tempt them with a treat and get them back in line.

Call out by name

Please note that there’s a huge difference between yelling out your dog’s name in horror and calling out to it. Dogs can sense fear and the tone of your voice. Calmly call out to your dog by its name. 

Use tracking devices

Technology has made tracking anything easier. Now is the time to leverage technology by purchasing dog-friendly tags and trackers. It saves time and energy while ensuring that your furry friend does not get lost without rescue.

Lay down immediately

Dogs love engagement and attention. It is likely to sense your disinterest in running around when you lay down. They also have the urge to protect, making them abandon their pursuit for excitement to attend to you. This is one of the most effortless solutions to retrieve your off-leash dog.

Post on social media

Can’t find your dog after it has gone off-leash? Post pictures and descriptions on social media. You can also contact animal control for help. The chances are high that someone may have spotted your pet and taken them in.

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