How to train your Golden retriever not to run away


There are many benefits to training your Golden retriever not to runaway. It can be challenging at first, but there are some ways that you can make the process easier. This post will show you how.

This post will show you how to train your Golden retriever not to run away in four stages. First, you will train it to sit, then you will train it to stay with you near it then, you will train it to stay with distance, and then to stay when it’s being distracted.

The first stage is to teach it to sit. This will help you in controlling your Golden retriever and will make it easier to teach it to stay.

You can do so as follows:

  1. Get some treats that it likes and get your Golden Retriever in front of you.
  2. Say “sit” and then lure your Golden Retriever into the sit position by raising the treat above its head so that it naturally sits.
  3. When your Golden Retriever sits reward it with a treat
  4. Continue to do the above until your Golden Retriever naturally goes into the sit position when you start to lure it with the treat.
  5. Now repeat the above but without luring it with the treat. Instead, just show your Golden Retriever the treat and say “sit” and it should naturally go into the sit position.
  6. Now do it again but don’t show the treat. Instead, just say “sit” and wait for your Golden Retriever to sit then reward it. You might need to remind it to sit after a while by showing it the treat on the first few attempts.

Once you have taught your Golden Retriever to sit you can train it to stay.

You can do so as follows:

  1. Get some treats that your Golden Retriever likes and get it in front of you
  2. Tell your Golden Retriever to “sit” and reward it for doing so
  3. Now, tell it to “sit” again but this time hold your hand out like you’re gesturing to someone to stop and say “stay”. Then wait for just half a second then reward your Golden Retriever for staying and keeping its attention on you.
  4. Repeat step 3. Each time you do it get your Golden Retriever to stay for a little bit longer.
  5. Continue to do the exercise regularly until you can get it to stay for at least 30 seconds.

You can watch the video below to see how it is done

Now you will need to teach it to stay while you’re not standing next to it. This will help you to train your Golden Retriever not to run away when you’re not near.

You can do this as follows:

  1. Get some treats that your Golden Retriever likes and get it in front of you in an open area like a backyard or large room.
  2. Tell your Golden Retriever to sit and stay then reward it for doing so.
  3. Now repeat step 2 but this time, after you tell your Golden Retriever to stay, take a few steps back. Once you have taken a few steps back go back to your Golden Retriever and reward it for staying.
  4. Now repeat step 3 and increase the distance that you go back each time.
  5. Once you’re able to get it to stay when you’re over 3 meters away start to pause before going back to reward your Golden Retriever. Start with just a short pause and then gradually build it up.

Once you’re able to get your Golden Retriever to stay and not to run away when you’re standing away from it you can start teaching your Golden Retriever to stay when there are lots of distractions around. This can be the hardest step so make sure to be patient and to do it in tiny increments.

You can do so as follows:

  1. Get some treats that your Golden Retriever likes and get it in front of you.
  2. Start by telling your Golden Retriever to sit and stay then reward it.
  3. Now do the same but after you tell your Golden Retriever to sit and stay simply show it the toy then reward it for staying.
  4. Do step 3 again a few times then begin to make it more tempting for your Golden Retriever to go for the toy by dropping it on the floor or waving it around. Avoid making a large jump in difficulty. You want to reward it for making small improvements each time.
  5. Now make it even harder for your Golden Retriever by starting to throw or roll the toy. Golden Retrievers will generally have a strong urge to chase it so don’t jump to this step too soon.
  6. Do the above again but add distance between you and your Golden Retriever.

You can watch the video below to see how it’s done.

After you have taught it to stay While being distracted it will be necessary for you to train it in different environments. You will often find that the external distractions in different environments will throw it off and cause it to lose focus.

How to get your Golden Retriever to stay at the door

One of the most common way for dogs to get killed is when they bolt out the front door. Once you have trained your Golden retriever to stay it will be particularly important to teach it to stay at the door when it opens.

You can do so as follows:

  1. Get some treats and put a long leash on your Golden Retriever.
  2. Go to the door with your Golden Retriever and put one of your feet on the leash to stop it from running away.
  3. Now tell your Golden Retriever to sit and stay then make a small movement towards the door as if you were going to open it. Then reward your Golden Retriever for staying.
  4. Repeat step 3. Each time you do it get closer to actually opening the door.
  5. Once you can get your Golden Retriever to stay even when your hand is on the door handle twisting it around, do the above but this time actually open the door. Start out by only opening it a small amount then build up to opening it further. Make sure to keep a foot on the leash.
  6. Once you can get your Golden Retriever to stay even when the door is all the way open begin to increase the duration that you keep the door open. Start with small durations then gradually increase it.
  7. Once your Golden Retriever can do the above start to add distractions. Start by just holding a toy outside the door then build up to physically throwing it out the door.

You can watch the video below to see how it’s done.

Why you should train your Golden Retriever not to run away

There are a number of benefits to training your Golden Retriever to not run away that I’ll mention below.

Helps keep it safe

As you would expect, by being able to prevent your Golden Retriever from running away you’ll be able to keep it safe more easily.

This is especially the case when it comes to opening the door. Many dogs die each year due to getting hit by a car after running out an open door. Being able to get your Golden Retriever to stay in this situation will help you to avoid it getting injured.

It will be easier to walk it

By being able to get your Golden Retriever not to run away it will help you to have an easier time walking it.

The reason for that is that you’ll have an easier time with it off the leash and you’ll also be able to get it to stay still when you’re picking up its poop.

Reduces your own stress

It can be quite stressful when Golden Retrievers run away or when they try to. By being able to get your Golden Retriever not to do it you will be able to avoid that stress.

Makes socializing easier

You’ll also be able to keep your Golden Retriever more well behaved when you have people over. This is because you’ll be able to get it to stay still and to stop jumping when it starts to get excited.

You’ll have an easier time at the vets

It will also be helpful when you’re at the vets where you’ll be able to get your Golden Retriever to stay still more easily. This will help to make it a less stressful experience for your Golden Retriever.

It will be more responsive to you when you need it to be

By training your Golden Retriever to not run away when it’s being distracted you will be able to get it to stay when it matters most. This is why it’s important that you continue to train it regularly.

You can prevent bad behavior

By being able to get your Golden Retriever to stay you’ll also be able to prevent it from misbehaving. This will help you to have a positive relationship with your Golden Retriever.

Things to consider

When you’re teaching your Golden Retriever to not run away there are some things that you should keep in mind to make it an easier process.

Age

It’s important to consider the age of your Golden Retriever. When it’s younger it will naturally be more curious and energetic and keeping its focus on you can be difficult. This can make it more difficult to get your Golden Retriever not to run away.

However, it’s important to take the time to train your Golden Retriever not to since you’ll be able to get staying when you say so to become a habit when it gets older.

Be patient

Getting your Golden Retriever to stop running away is something that you should strive for over the course of months and not to expect to be able to do it in one training session. It’s a natural instinct for your Golden Retriever to run in certain situations and changing that won’t come quickly.

Build up the distractions

The stage where you start to add distractions to the training is where it often starts to get difficult for many Golden Retrievers. This is why it’s important to start by only distracting your Golden Retriever slightly and then building up to distracting it a lot.

Exercise

Golden Retrievers are a breed that require a lot of exercise to be properly stimulated.

By giving it a lot of exercise you’ll be able to prevent bad behavior and you’ll be able to train your Golden Retriever more easily since you’ll be able to keep its attention on you for longer.

Train it in multiple locations

The distractions that there are going on around your Golden Retriever will have a big impact on how easy it is for you to keep its attention on you.

This is why you should start out by training your Golden Retriever in a location where there are not many distractions and then to build up to training it in harder locations.

Train it regularly

It’s also important to keep the training up so that your Golden Retriever keeps the new habits. For example, you could make your Golden Retriever hold a 20-second stay before walking out the door.

Related

Why won’t my Golden Retriever come when called? If your Golden Retriever won’t come when you call it then it is likely to be because you haven’t spent enough time training it to come to you. I have written in the past about how to teach your Golden Retriever to come on command here.

Why doesn’t my Golden Retriever stay when outside? If your Golden Retriever doesn’t stay when outside then it is likely to be because it is being distracted by all of the things that are going on around it. To prevent this from happening it is necessary to train your Golden Retriever in multiple locations.

How do I get my Golden Retriever to stop running away on walks? To get your Golden Retriever to stop running away on walks you should train it not to in locations that you go to on the walk.

If you would like learn everything that you need to know about how to have a happy, healthy and well-behaved Golden Retriever, take a look at this Golden Retriever ebook.

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