Saving the world one loose dog at a time! 😉
I guess it’s officially that time of year again; the sun is shining, the air is warm, all of the warm weather runner and cyclists are coming out of hibernation, kids are flooding the city parks, and people are out in droves walking their dogs. And I guess a lot of those dogs are super excited to be out and about, because it seems to me like this is the time of year when I see a bunch of dogs running loose while their owners desperately run after said loose dogs, holding their leashes, and calling the dogs name to no avail.
That was exactly the situation I witnessed this morning while on my run. A lady’s dog had gotten loose and was running through the street and she was chasing after her, trying to catch her. So once I got close enough, I stopped running, started acting super excited, and called the dog to me. She saw me get super excited, so she got super excited too and came running right at me. So I was able to grab her and hang onto her, while her owner walked over and put the dogs collar back on her. The lady thanked me and told me that they were going to the dog park and the dog had slipped right out of her collar and bolted. I told her it was no problem, and asked if she had just gotten a little too excited about going to the park. The lady said she guessed so, thanked me again, and managed to get the dog safely into her car. Crisis averted. 😉
So most every time I see situations like this unfolding I try to stop and help. Mostly because I feel really bad for the person chasing after the dog. Seeing your beloved pet running around on the street and in some situations seeing them almost get hurt is super stressful. Plus, I grew up working in a kennel, so I know how to catch a dog that’s a little too excited and running amok. So anyone wanna hear Ashley’s tips for catching a loose dog? Because here they are;
The first mistake people make when their dogs bolt is running after them. I guess it’s kind of instinctual for people to try to run after their dogs when they get away from them, but that’s actually the worst thing you can do. When you chase after your dog that just gets them excited and turns into a fun game for them. Think about it this way, most dogs love a good game of chase. Whether it be chasing a tennis ball, squirrel, car, other dog, or a person, most dogs have an absolute blast chasing things. So what could be more fun than chasing something? Well being chased of course!
So if your dog takes off on you DO NOT try to run after him! Instead, stand in one place and call him. Also, offering treats, toys, or to go bye bye in the car never hurts. Sometimes sitting or laying down on the ground works too. Some dogs will be really confused about this strange behavior and come right to you to investigate. And if that doesn’t work, try running in the opposite direction. Seriously! I know that can seem counter intuitive, but remember how we just talked about how much fun a good game of chase is? Most dogs will start running after you and then usually once they “catch” you, you can get a hold of them. I swear, this works like 98% of the time. (That’s just a random number I pulled out of thin air, I don’t actually know the percentage of how often this works, but it’s always worked for me).
The second mistake people tend to make us getting frustrated or angry. Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand why! Seeing your dog running around somewhere that can be potentially unsafe and then not listening to you can be scary and really frustrating, but you need to do your best to remain upbeat and happy. In a situation like this, your dog probably isn’t going to want to come to you if you seem angry, or they think that they’re in trouble. Instead, act super excited and happy, and in your most obnoxious, high pitched baby voice (for some reason that seems to work really well), call the dog to you, ask if they want a treat, to go for a ride in the car, whatever gets them super excited, and they’ll usually come running.
If all else fails, actually go get a treat, or their favorite toy, or if you’re still near your car, open the door. I’ve seen that method work really well for some people. When the dog sees the car door open they come running and jump right inside.
So honestly that’s pretty much all there is too it. I’ve used these methods a countless number of times and they’ve never failed me before. 🙂
Disclaimer: I am not a dog trainer/any kind of animal expert. I just have a plethora of experience handling/training/working with dogs.
Do you have any tips to add? If you do I’d love to hear them!!