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Q: How do I stop this behavior?

October 24, 2008 | By Agne U. | 5 answers | Expired: 2141 days ago

Agne U.

My pug is going to be 2 years old in January...He loves loves loves people, animals, and anything that might give him attention. I have successfully trained him to walk next to me and ignore squirrels and such when on leash. However, the moment he is off the leash he tends to run off to strangers... I am afraid that he will run into the street or run to a not so friendly dog or animal. If anyone has suggestions or ideas, I would love to hear them. :)

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Andrea D.
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Oct 26, 2008

My first suggestion is keep him on leash for his safety. If he takes off while he is off leash, he can get hurt or killed and I'm sure you don't want that to happen. Secondly, this needs to be proofed, challened. However, the trick with proofing is that 1) you have to be as reinforcing if not more reinforcing than the environment. and 2) you need to be able to stop and prevent inappropriate behaviors from occurring and becoming habit. So, a long line can be used. There are lots and lots of trainig methods and techniques that go along with what you want to do. My suggestion is to find a positive trainer in your area.

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Karen H.
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Oct 25, 2008

Best answer is to keep him on the leash. Dogs should not be off leash outside a fenced in yard, you never know what they will see and run into the street to chase. Most cities have leash laws anyway.

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Sparky72
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Oct 25, 2008

My dog will not leave my side for anyone or anything but I still don't let him off leash just in case. It's just not safe. My suggestion - don't let him off leash unless you're in a fenced in area.

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Cindy
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Oct 24, 2008

Congratulations! If you can keep your dog from wanting to chase a squirrel while on leash, you are halfway there! WOW! Now, just work with him in a safe enclosed, e.g. fenced in area with similar but lesser distractions.

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SJL78
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Oct 24, 2008

In a confined area like someones yard, I would first see if maybe the lack of the leash makes your dog thing that he can run wild. Assuming thats correct, you need to train to have him walk by your side WITHOUT the leash. This should do it.

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