7 Tips to Stop Your Dog From Bolting

Off Leash Advanced Dog Training in the Woods

Off Leash Advanced Dog Training in the Woods

All Puppies and Dogs Can Bolt

We rescued a Carolina Dog pup last November named Kota. He was a bolter. Any time the door would open, Kota would run out. Even worse, he’d leave the yard and sprint through the woods behind us.

Beware of the Chase Game

I learned a few things from Kota and his bolting. Carolina Dogs are fast. Any puppy and dog love to be chased, it becomes a fun game, and they will run even farther away if you run after them and are unable to catch them. The come command is useless when they are distracted by the zillion other things surrounding them: squirrels, rabbits, wood chucks, deer, etc.

Bolting Can Be Dangerous and Fatal

When we first rescued Kota, he caught onto the basic obedience commands inside the house, but it was a different story when he was outside. In the beginning, any time he was loose he ran out of the yard. I was frustrated and feared he would either get hit by a car or lost in the miles of woods behind our home.

Training and Play Go Hand in Hand

So, I began training him both indoors and out. I worked on staying whenever the door was open and not bolting out. Then I worked on teaching him the boundaries of our yard and staying within them. Even off leash, he stayed in the yard while playing fetch and doing advanced training. I even took him up in the woods off leash and let him romp while I shot pictures of birds, deer and other wild life. Kota stayed within a few feet of me at all times. I was pleased.

The Real Test

But the real test came last night when he was outside on the chain alone in our backyard and the chain broke. My husband called me on my cell. I was out of town at a dog training session. He rarely ever calls, so I thought the worse, either Kota ran away or got hit by a car. My heart sank.

My husband said, “No, actually he stayed in the yard and he’s still laying on the porch.”

OMG! How awesome! All that training and hard work has really paid off.


Kota nice

7 Tips To Stop Your Dog From Bolting

1. Teach your puppy or dog basic as well as advanced obedience skills inside and outside

2. Teach them yard boundaries by walking them around and playing with them

3. Correct them when they go out of bounds

4. Never Chase Your Puppy or Dog, rather have them follow you

5. Reward them for staying inside boundaries

6. If they do bolt, but then come back to you, always praise them for coming back

7. Get your dog micro chipped so if he does run away you can find him easier.




Dog’s Need to Play, Listen, and Obey

He has been taught to "Down and Stay" until I release him.

He has been taught to “Down and Stay” until I release him.

Took my dog, Kota, out this morning for a game of fetch. He lost his interest quickly. Don’t know if it was the wet ball or what, so I decided to sit on our new swing (was my mother and fathers who both recently passed away–I so love that swing–memories). I coaxed Kota up next to me and we cuddled.

A few minutes later a squirrel bounced across the lawn a few feet away. Kota’s ears perked and he got into that pouncing position. I gave him a stern “Leave It” and commanded, “Stay!” He obeyed me and relaxed. BUT he kept his eyes on that squirrel the entire time.

Then we had some visitors, our neighbors dogs came bolting over playing a game of chase with one another. Again he was ready to engage in play, but again I enforced the “Leave It” and “Stay” commands and he sat back without a whine or bark and obeyed

Just minutes later, a very friend pitbull from up the street walked into our yard, this time I gave Kota the okay to play. When her owner came to pick her up Kota did not want to leave it and stay, he wanted to go with them. Who could blame him?

He’s such a great dog!



This Squirrel Has Balls 2

Squirreling Around

These little guys are cute to watch at times, even saw a pair of squirrels mating in the tree and then playing a game of chase with like four others. But lately they have been taunting my dogs by swishing their tails and cackling like a monkey in the trees or on the ground just where the dogs can’t reach.On a walk the other day after I told my dogs “leave it” and to stop barking at a squirrel that ran up the tree, that same squirrel proceeded to run back down the tree and chase after my dogs!

Acrobatic Bratts!

This particular squirrel in the photo has been shaking my hanging bird houses and emptying them daily–they are supposed to be squirrel-proof! I watched a squirrel jump from about 5 feet and land on the top one of my bird feeders and shake it empty! They are amazing acrobats! We feed them separately too… they are smart, but bratty.

Anyone else have a squirrel with balls? Do Share!

He was taunting my 4 pound Yorkie who was sitting at the bottom of the tree!

This squirrel was taunting my 4 pound Teacup Yorkie who was sitting at the bottom of the tree!

Group Pet Therapy Visit Cheers Elderly Woman

Kota (my therapy dog in training) and I go on weekly visits to see this elderly woman in her home, she has dementia and alzheimers, but she has never forgotten Kota or his name 🙂 On this group visit she was calling all the dogs Kota 🙂

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