Dog Bolting. All of us have had the frustrating experience of our dog rushing out of the gate before we can stop them. More likely than not, your attempts at chasing him or her down will fail. They'll just keep running further and further when they see you coming.

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What I have found, is that the best way to get them back, is to walk towards them, as if catching them is the last thing on your mind! Look at the sky, the trees...hum to yourself. If they bolt a bit, and look back, pretend not to have noticed. And when you catch up to them, don't grab them...not yet. Go a little ahead so that you cut off the escape route, THEN chase them down. They will run towards your home, where another member of the household awaits them!