When a dog runs away, or the owners relocate, how does it know its way back?

Seems to be a silly question, but I have had dogs run away for miles, but they knew their way back home, do you have a good concept of geography? Maybe it is familiar terrain? Any ideas?

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    4 Responses to “When a dog runs away, or the owners relocate, how does it know its way back?”

    1. sweetme35 says:

      I am going with Michele.

    2. Ryan says:

      maybe he will ask for directions or buy a gps system.

    3. Michelle M says:

      I have no clue how they make it back home they they can. Kind of like that movie homeward bound.

    4. michele says:

      They recognise familiar landmarks and scents. If the dog is familiar with the area and has spent a lot of time outdoors, and is generally interested in smelling everything and searching around and exploring, there is a good chance they can find their way back. If it is dark, raining, snowing, there is snow on the ground, the terrain is otherwise inhospitable, or the dog is injured or disoriented in some manner, then I assume the odds of the dogs finding its way back drop significantly.

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