It's a sad truth that thousands of dogs go missing each year. What's just as upsetting is that most of these could have been prevented with some simple measures. Read on for 5 ways to keep your dog from escaping. It may just save your canine companion's life.
1. Train Your Dog
Teaching your dog the basic commands like Sit, Stay, Down, Come etc. is a great way to ensure you have control over him at all times. Having these in your stay-put-pooch arsenal could mean the difference between a fast dash out an opened door and keeping your dog safe.
In addition, teaching your dog the basics also has other benefits like;
- Strengthening the bond between the two of you
- Well-mannered dogs are always welcomed
- Gives you a better understanding of your dog's personality
- Gives your dog both mental and physical stimulation
2. Fence 'Em In
Having a sturdy fence in place allows your dog the freedom to roam the backyard with little to no supervision. However, be sure your fence doesn't have any escape points such as loose boards, or holes. Also be sure your dog cannot dig his way under the fence, as well.
What if you don't have a good fence or any at all?
The wireless dog fence may be an option to consider. These barriers work in conjunction with an electronic collar that gives your dog a warning when he is getting too close to his boundaries. They come in a variety of sizes and will work with most breeds of dogs.
3. Spay or Neuter
Dogs that have been spayed or neutered do not have the tendency to wander as much as those left intact. Plus, this simple procedure will also protect against unwanted litters of puppies, marking, aggression and possible uterine and testicular cancers.
4. Always Use a Leash
Even the most well-trained dog can become distracted when out and about. The new sounds, sights, and smells can all lure your dog into bolting at any moment. For this reason, always use a dog leash when walking your pooch.
Another great use for the leash is for those door-dashers. Keeping a leash handy and putting it on your pup when guests arrive will prevent Fido from sneaking out.
5. Give 'Em Plenty of Exercise
From small to big, every dog needs a certain amount of daily exercise. This can include a good romp around the dog park, hiking, swimming or playing fetch in the backyard. Dogs that are well exercised tend to want to flop down and have a well-earned nap over trying to escape for their own workout.
Escape-Proof Your Pooch
Even if you think your dog won't try to escape, it can happen. To prevent this awful situation from occurring, escape-proof your pooch by following our tips. These will help ensure your pup's safety at all times.
If you have a canine that seems to defy all reason and will still find a way to escape, be sure he is wearing an ID tag or, better yet, has been microchipped. These can both help get your Houdini back home safely.