I have a problem with my 8 (soon 9) year old Labrador. At night, he runs away and always comes back really tired, but keeps going outside every night. From time to time, he howls outside the house (alone). He is never hungry, thirsty, has a lots of space around the house, but keeps doing this. I'm not really superstitious, but this really creeps me off.

Why does he run away and howl outside?

  • Not really sure what you're asking, are you concerned that he howls outside? Aug 4, 2017 at 2:35
  • Yes,and why is he running away? He started doing this like 10 days ago every night :(
    – F.Mich
    Aug 4, 2017 at 2:55
  • Is your Labrador desexed? Aug 4, 2017 at 4:44
  • No.You think it could be something related to hormones? That crossed my mind too
    – F.Mich
    Aug 4, 2017 at 17:33
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    there could be a bitch in heat somewhere.
    – user6796
    Aug 5, 2017 at 1:12

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Since your dog is not fixed, I think it is likely that there is a female dog on heat close by. There isn't really a specific season for dogs as it is based on their age.

If you feel up to it maybe try following him or put a tracking device on his collar. The alternative is to try make sure he can't get out. The world is a dangerous place for dogs and he might get hit by a car or become injured in another way.

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    We finally managed to block him way out.I'm glad he's ok.He seems ok now,days ago he could barely walk.Thank you for an answer!
    – F.Mich
    Aug 9, 2017 at 14:08
  • That's great! Hopefully it doesn't happen again!
    – nicV
    Aug 10, 2017 at 8:43

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