Reasons Why Dogs Run Away and How to Stop It

Have you ever let your dog run away? If so, then you know how much trouble they can be to get back home. I want to talk about why dogs run away and what you can do to stop it. To start with, here’s something I think will surprise many of you: Running away is often done because dogs are chasing something. This includes cars, other animals, people or even toys! In addition, some types of dogs are more likely than others to chase things because their prey instinct is high (they were bred for hunting).

They are chasing something.

Run-away dogs can be chasing anything, from a bird to a cat or other animal. They may even be chasing an object, like a car, bus, or train. It could also be that they are chasing a ball. If it’s people they’re after, then your dog is likely trying to escape from you for some reason—either because he doesn’t want to go for his walk or because you’ve been reprimanding him too much and he thinks running away will help him avoid another scolding session!

You should keep in mind that some dogs run away simply because they want something else that’s more interesting than whatever it is their owners are doing with them at the moment (which usually involves going for walks). And unfortunately for many people who own dogs with high energy levels and boundless enthusiasm for life in general—and running around on four legs specifically—the things that excite our furry friends aren’t always good ideas when they involve getting out of sight range quickly (like trying to catch squirrels).

They are being chased.

If a dog is being chased, he or she will run away. This is because dogs are territorial and have their own sense of protection. They have an instinctive need to protect their territory from harm and will fight back against any intruders that get too close. If someone is chasing your dog on his or her property, they will try to escape before they can be harmed by the intruder.

If your dog has been attacked by another animal or person in your neighborhood, he or she may also run away if you leave him alone outside for too long. Dogs want to be around their pack (you) at all times, but if you leave them alone for long periods of time, your dog might feel lonely and try to find his way back home on his own.

Their breed has a high prey instinct.

If you have a dog that is part of a breed with an inherent high prey instinct, it’s important to be aware of how this trait can affect him. A dog with a high prey instinct will often run away from home and chase small animals, but there are ways to help your pooch overcome his urge to do so.

First, assess whether or not your dog’s breed has a high prey instinct. The American Kennel Club offers descriptions for each breed that include information about their recommended living conditions and personalities. If you’re concerned about whether or not your pet has a high prey drive, simply search for the name of his breed on any site that lists information about individual breeds.

They are not spayed or neutered.

Spaying or neutering your dog can help prevent roaming behavior. You may be surprised to learn that most dogs that run away are not in search of a mate, but instead, they are searching for territory. Spaying and neutering your dog can help decrease the risk of cancer, which is another reason why it’s important to spay or neuter your pet.

Spaying and neutering also decreases the risk of behavioral problems such as aggression and anxiety—so you should consider having this procedure done as soon as possible if you have not already done so!

They are following their nose.

Dogs are attracted to the smell of other animals. If your dog is a hunting dog, they may be following their nose to find the source of another animal’s scent. They can also smell food and other things that they like, such as flowers or trees.

Dogs can also smell things they don’t like, like chemicals and pollutants in the air. This might cause them to run away from home if it smells bad where you live!

They have abundant energy, and they need more exercise than you thought.

If you have a dog, it’s important to take them for walks every day. They need exercise to stay healthy and happy. However, not all dogs are the same; some breeds require more exercise than others. For example, Border collies and Australian shepherds are high-energy dogs that need at least two long walks per day. Labs and German shepherds are moderate-energy dogs that only need one long walk per day or two short ones. Low-energy breeds such as pugs and chihuahuas can get by with just one short walk every couple of days (or even less).

They are bored and looking for stimulation.

Do you ever feel like your dog is bored? If so, it’s likely that he or she is. Like people, dogs need stimulation and mental health in order to be happy. When they are left alone for long periods of time without the ability to get out and explore the world around them (or interact with other animals), they can become destructive or depressed.

It’s important to remember that dogs don’t think through situations like humans do—they often act on instinct instead of rational thought processes. For example, if a dog thinks he has been left alone for too long at home one day and decides it would be fun to chew up all your shoes while you are at work; this may not have been his intention when he started chewing but eventually leads him down a path where he feels justified in doing so because “he wasn’t getting any attention anyway!”

They need to escape a new situation or person that makes them uncomfortable.

Dogs are social animals and can feel uncomfortable in new situations. Some dogs may have a fear of new people or environments, or may be anxious about the unfamiliar location. This can make them want to escape to somewhere more familiar—their home, for instance.

If your dog is showing signs of discomfort when you try to take him outside, there are certain things that you can do to help him adjust:

  • Take breaks from training sessions if he seems stressed out or tired
  • Be patient! It takes time for a dog’s brain chemistry to change after being exposed to many new things at once

They are distressed by loud noises, such as fireworks or thunderstorms.

Dogs are incredibly sensitive to loud noises. They can be scared of fireworks and thunderstorms, which means that they will run away if they hear them. If your dog has ever run away from you when there was a loud noise nearby, then it’s likely because he or she is afraid of those sounds.

Dogs are also very sensitive to their owners’ emotions. If you are stressed out about something, your dog will pick up on this and become anxious too because he associates his owner’s stress with bad things happening in the future (i.e., being left alone).


We’re sorry your dog ran away! We know it can be stressful, but we hope our tips have given you some new ideas of what to do and ways to try them out. Dogs are smart animals and they can learn from their experiences, so if your dog has run away before, he or she probably knows how to get back home safely now.