Do Pitbull’s Run Away [+6 Ways To Stop It for Good]


Ever had your Pitbull get out of the yard, and now you are curious how you can keep your Pitbull from wandering off and running away?

I am sure it comes as no surprise, but yes, a Pitbull will run away on you like many dogs will if they are presented the opportunity.

Many new Pitbull owners who deal with this are likely going through panic for a while until their Pitbull is returned home safely, but it is normal to be curious how to prevent a Pitbull from running away in the future.

Not only that but, Do Pitbull’s run away, and why do they do it in the first place.

I have been around dogs my entire life, own a Terrier myself in addition to other dogs, and here is what I can tell you on this topic.

Do Pitbull’s Run Away?

Yes, Pitbull’s do run away. A Pitbull who can exit the yard or a Pitbull who gets free from a leash will run away from you if they do not have proper recall training, proper obedience training and believe that the act of running away is fun and enjoyable for them.

I know what you are thinking.

What Pitbull would not have fun running away?

That is a valid point.

However, with proper precautions in place and adequate training, you can begin to train your Pitbull to no longer run away from you and remove this stress from your life for good.

The rest of this post will break that down for you and explain what you need to be doing to ensure your Pitbull is no longer sprinting in the opposite direction of you and running away.

Here is how I intend to break it down for you.



Do Pitbull’s Run Away And Why Pitbull’s Run Away

Unfortunately, the cold hard truth is that yes, a Pitbull will run away.

It is hard to find a dog that will not take advantage of the opportunity to bolt and run away if they see a gate left open or happen to get off the leash.

This does not mean that they do not love you and that they are attempting to get away from you.

It is too exciting and stimulating for them when they get a chance to explore the world in front of them when this happens.

Often, this can leave current owners or individuals considering adopting a Pitbull a bit fearful of what to do, how to prevent their Pitbull from running way, and honestly, just not knowing what to expect.

You have other common reasons as well as to why your Pitbull may be running away, such as the following:


black pitbull running away

Your Pitbull Gets Bored

Boredom can be a recipe for negative behaviors with all dog breeds, not only Pitbull’s.

If your Pitbull is consistently not getting the exercise they need and lack any love or affection, they are actively searching for something better to do when you believe they are going potty outside.

Make sure that your Pitbull has something they can do and does not remain unsupervised for too long outdoors to prevent boredom and to prevent your Pitbull from running away.


Your Pitbull Picks Up A Scent and Gets Curious

Dogs tend to pick up scents of other animals such as other dogs, cats, and even animals such as rabbits and squirrels.

If they are on a hunt or picking up a scent they want to investigate, they may very well decide to run off to fulfill their curiosity to find out what they are smelling.


You Made It Easy for Your Pitbull To Run Away

We will touch on this more later in this post, but you should understand that if you give them an easy way to leave the yard, they likely will.

Ensure the yard is secure, and you do not give them an easy option to walk away from the property.


Scared of Their Current Environment

A Pitbull being raised in an unethical home, being mistreated, or not being shown any form of love or affection may search to find a new home and escape the negative experience they have been going through.

To help with this issue, I have compiled what I believe to be 6 critical tips you should implement to prevent your Pitbull from running way.

Additionally, a few of these tips can help you get your Pitbull to return to you if they do happen to run away with a little more ease.

Time to dive into them.


How to Prevent a Pitbull Running Away + 6 Key Tips


#-1- Work on Recall Training with Your Pitbull

Recall training is one of the most powerful things you can do to help with a dog running away.

This will undoubtedly help when it comes to reducing the chances of your Pitbull running away as well.

Recall training is the process of training your Pitbull to stay and come when prompted.

One of the best ways to start this process is to eliminate distractions and use your preferred training method.

I personally enjoy using clicker training for all command type training, but you can use any method you prefer.

Once your Pitbull begins to learn these commands, be sure to reward them and make sure they understand that they are doing something correctly.

As you get more comfortable with this, increase the number of distractions present during the training and the distance you are from your Pitbull when you order them to “stay.”

The idea here is simple.

If your Pitbull does get out of the yard or off the leash on a walk, your chances of them returning with ease drastically increase.

Hopefully, your hard time spent training recall training will work well with your Pitbull to get them to return to you when called.


#-2- Work with Your Pitbull Off-Leash as Well

I have a friend who currently has a Pitbull that I have always been super envious of.

This is because of their behavior off-leash and how they act even with excitement all around them.

Some Pitbull’s are going to be capable of being off-leash, and some will not.

Additionally, some Pitbull’s will need a lot of work to learn what they can or cannot do when they are off the leash.

You need to work on it to begin to trust your Pitbull and understand their personality when they are off the leash.

Something to keep in mind is that sometimes this is never a good idea or encouraged, and some dogs simply do not do well when off the leash with freedom.

This does not make them any better or worse as a dog; they just get excited and like to investigate everything.

However, if you do reach a point where your Pitbull is capable of behaving off the leash, then the chances of having your Pitbull run away in a fashion that you cannot catch up or regain control will diminish significantly.


#3- Use a Reliable Harness and Proper Leash

This is one of the most important tips I can give any new Pitbull owner when it comes to reducing a Pitbull running away.

Not to mention, it is going to make the process of walking with your Pitbull or even exercising with your Pitbull that much more enjoyable in general.

You can begin to eliminate leash pulling and enjoy walks again.

Not to mention, a reliable Pitbull harness that can reduce pulling and give you full control that is going to dramatically reduce the chances of your Pitbull using their strength to get away from you.

Seriously, before walking a Pitbull, take the time and use the few dollars to purchase a reliable harness and good leash.

You can view my post about the best harnesses for Pitbull Terriers here.


#4-Be Aware and Proactive with Your Yard, Fence, and Possible Exit Points

This may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised how many times a dog runs away for no other reason except the yard is not secure enough for them, and they find a way to get out.

Make sure that if your yard is fenced in, that all gates are closed.

Ensure that the gate does not have large gaps in the fence that allows your dogs to slide through.

Also, while this sounds quite simple, make sure your gate is tall enough to even keep your Pitbull in the yard, to begin with.

If you don’t have a fenced-in yard, be sure that you are using other means to keep your Pitbull in a controlled area, such as only walking them using a harness or using electronic fences to help keep your Pitbull in the yard and avoid them running away in general.


#5-Always Have Some Treats Handy in Case Your Pitbull Runs Away

Treats can be your best friend if your Pitbull does happen to getaway.

Dogs, including Pitbull’s, have a tough time turning down a favorite treat.

It is one of the reasons I always have a small bag in my pocket during walks for my dogs.

If they do happen to get off the leash or break free, why not have some treats handy that will entice them to run right back to you?

Trust me, it is worth giving up one pocket on a walk to store your Pitbull’s favorite treats just in case they did ever happen to break free from you.


#6- Avoid Areas with Heavy Distractions for Your Pitbull, Especially While Training

My last tip for you today is to remove all the reasons from your Pitbull’s environment that may be enticing them to run away in general.

If your Pitbull has the most issues when you go on walks on paths that have a lot of pets or people walking, avoid these routes on your walk.

Perhaps, avoid dog parks or other areas where the stimulation for your Pitbull is too much to handle.

Eventually, with socialization, a Pitbull should be able to handle more people and other pets around them.

Especially if you begin the process early with them right after the adoption.

The same can be said about how your Pitbull handles being around children.

Socialization will always be key with a Pitbull Terrier.

In the beginning, try not to push it too much and keep your Pitbull in a calm state of mind to avoid the chances of them breaking free from the leash or attempting to run away from you.


What to Do Next If Your Pitbull Has Ran Away

We have covered why a Pitbull may run away and what methods you can implement to prevent running away from happening in the first place.

What we have not covered is what you need to do if you are already in that position and currently looking for your dog.

First, I would start by checking a few of the most common spots where your Pitbull may have gone if they have run away, which can include the following:

Around Your Home or Close By (Very Common That Your Pitbull does not Wander Too Far)

Your Local Dog Pound (If someone else spotted your dog in the road, they might have already called the doggy police on you)

A Neighbors House (Maybe you have a friend your Pitbull is familiar with and your Pitbull has run away to say hello to a friend nearby)

The chances are that your Pitbull is likely in one of these places unless your Pitbull has run away from a bad situation in their home life.

If this is the case, they likely have decided to run further and get away as fast as they can.

Start by checking these places but also keep other factors in mind during your search, such as busy roadways, the current weather, and make sure to bring a bag of treats for when you do locate your dog.

It will make it much easier to get them inside the car with an enticing bag of their favorite treats!


If Your Pitbull Has Run Away, you are Not Alone; implement the Key Tips for Better Results.

It is not only Pitbull’s that will run away when presented the opportunity.

A vast majority of dogs will take the opportunity to run away and explore for a bit if you are not careful enough.

However, following the 6 tips we have laid out today in this post can certainly help reduce the chances of your Pitbull running away or help you get them back into your control and back to safety if they do happen to run away.

Luna and I wish you the best of luck with your new Pitbull Terriers and hope that your Pitbull running away does not remain an issue for you in the future.


Did Your Pitbull Ever Run Away and What Have You Done to Prevent This from Happening Again?

What experiences can you share with the readers about your Pitbull running away?

What training and other tricks have you used to prevent this from taking place?

Be sure to share those thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.

As always, Luna and I appreciate you stopping by and reading today, and we will see you again next time.

Josh Martin- Founder and Creator of Terrier Owner

Josh Martin is the proud owner of a female Jack Russell Terrier Named Luna. Josh founded TerrierOwner.com to share the stories of owning a Terrier and to help all terrier owners with the struggles, excitement and common questions that come with being a new terrier parent.

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