My dog runs away at the (mostly fenced) dog park…?


At first she was happy just playing with the other dogs and staying within the enormous field (about 2 soccer fields sized.) More recently she has realized that she can go through the woods and out into our neighborhood, so now as soon as I let her off leash, she takes off. If I don’t follow her she comes back toward the park, but always remains 75-100 yards away, so there is no chance of catching her. None of the other dogs seem to have a problem (and she enjoys playing with them for a bit.)
How can I get her to stay close and actually come when I call her? (I had been doing the 5 treats every time she comes back, but now she just doesn’t care, she just wants to give chase.)
Please help!

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7 Responses to “My dog runs away at the (mostly fenced) dog park…?”

  1. spacye says:

    you are going to have to keep her on the leash, i have 6 dogs, and an acre of land, and one of them when she gets out the gate wont come to you when you call her, she just jumps around, till she is finally ready to come back in, it is frustrating.

  2. bratty brat says:

    I would take her to some training courses, Petsmart offers them in many cities. I would refrain from taking her back to the dog park until you can get her to come back to you on command. For safety reasons, yours, hers and the other people in the park. Or try going to the park when there is not a crowd and see if she responds better then. Good luck.

  3. maria_i_wilk says:

    adjust rewards to compete with everything in surroundings. veel liver (fried) will probably do. your dog might be in her adolescent period and everything is more interesting than you are.
    you may offer as a reward her favorite ball and you may play with her for some time after successful distance shortening.
    id even use such tricks as sitting on the grass, looking away, trying to hide my interest … and hiding something under my coat…

  4. petlodge says:

    You will need to keep her leashed while at the dog park area until you can retrain the come command. Dogs like to play chase and if you don’t chase them then it is no fun. You can keep her on a leash, get a longer one, and practice calling her name when she gets to the end of it and if she doesn’t come then pull her in. (like a fishing rod?) When she does come, make it the most wonderful experience. Do this quite a few times as she already knows what lies out there. She needs to feel being with you is more fun and more rewarding than taking off. I have also tried playing hide and seek w/ my dogs so they will always look for me. I hide and they then feel a little unsure b/c mommy is not in sight, so they come find me! hope it helps a little. good luck!

  5. aout says:

    Stop taking her off the leash.

  6. stephanie says:

    the treat method has never worked, if it did it didn’t work for long..they will just start doing what you say to get a treat not because they respect you. Try the dominate pack leader method..take her for training.

  7. Melon says:

    Our trainer says for come command and treating, you really have to use something the dog is in love with. We use cooked hot dogs cut small (cooked has that smell for them more than uncooked). She also suggests buying and cooking up bonelss chicken when you see it cheap on sale for use. Our trainer could not train her dog to pick up a dumb bell (for obedience) until one day she discovered the dog was crazy about these jalapeno chips she had. Not something to give to your dog alot, but it did the trick and now the dog picks up the dumb bell no problem. You just have to find that one thing your dog loves, just use it only for the come command and for no other training.

    If you are treating 5 treats a pop, your dog is going to fill up fast. Be sure you are using soft style treats as dogs like them much better than the milk bone kinds. A little treat goes a long way too. I would start working with the come command in your home and a fully fenced in yard. You really have to work hard at this and continue to train on a daily basis.

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