What’s the least effective method to retrieve a dog that has gone off-leash?
It’s important for every dog owner to have it on a leash when going out for outdoor activity. A leash is good for security reasons out there. It’s good for the pet itself and also for people and other pets. It’s also important to let your dog off-leash in a controlled environment for a while if it got the right training and discipline.
But sometimes a dog will go off its leash by accident or design and you want to get it back.
The least effective way of getting it back to the chain is running after it. It is a classical error most people try to do but it does not work. The dog will think you are playing and run even faster. You also cannot outrun a dog. Running after it is not a smart move to do.
The best way to have it back is to call it and do the opposite. Instead of running after it, run to the opposite direction from it calling its name. It’s a matter of making the dog chase you. Pretending to have fallen also works well with it. It will come back to you.