If you’ve ever tried to convince your dog not to run when you’re driving down the road, you may have to re-examine your approach when you encounter the behaviour in your home.
If you have a dog, there’s a good chance that your dog will run whenever it senses danger, especially when it’s playing.
So what’s the best way to prevent this?
There are several methods that you can employ to get a dog to run at a certain time, but in general, a few key tips are in order.
If your dog is young or old, try to give it the option to run as long as possible.
If there are other dogs around, give them the option of leaving the dog alone for a little while.
If they’re not interested, then just leave the dog.
If the dog isn’t interested, you can try to get it to leave the area if you can’t get the dog to follow your instructions.
Be very cautious if you decide to take the dog with you, and try to keep the dog away from your car and away from other people who might be in the area.
Be aware of what your dog’s instincts are, and give it a chance to be trained if it isn’t.
But for now, it’s best to just leave it alone.
The next time you’re feeling guilty about leaving your dog alone, take a moment and look around you.
Your dog may have been the one who came to help.
Now it’s time to learn more about what can go wrong when it comes to running.
This article is part of a series by BBC News on dog behaviour.
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