Did you know that, according to the ASPCA, nearly 1 in 3 dogs will escape from their home at some point in their lifetime? This can be a major problem, as not only can dogs get lost or hit by cars, but they can also cause a lot of damage by raiding trash cans and gardens. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips on how to keep your dog from escaping and staying safe and happy!
Keeping your furry companions at home – How to stop them from escaping
Our furry companions are always trying to find new and interesting things to do. Unfortunately, this can often lead them into trouble. Dogs have been known to escape from their yards and homes in search of adventure. However, dogs are not really aware of the dangers that are out there. This is why it is important for dog owners to take precautions to prevent their dogs from escaping. Everything from getting a dog collar fence to training your dog can help prevent them from running away. Now, because we view dogs as part of the family, this is a problem that we want to help you solve. Below are some tips on how you can keep your dog from escaping.
Get to know your dog
Each dog has their own personality, and some are more prone to escape than others. For instance, herding dogs like border collies often want to run away because it is in their nature. They were bred to herd sheep, so they have a strong instinct to run. On the other hand, hounds are known for following their noses. This can often lead them into trouble if they catch a scent of something interesting. Knowing your dog’s personality can help you take the necessary precautions to prevent them from escaping. Furthermore, dogs like huskies and malamutes were bred to run long distances. As a result, they have a lot of energy and might try to escape if they are not given enough exercise.
Consider getting a collar with ID tags
If your dog does happen to escape, this will help ensure that he or she is returned to you as soon as possible. Secondly, make sure that the collar fits snugly so that it cannot be easily slipped off. Collars with ID tags are essentially like a driver’s license for your dog. They provide your contact information in case your dog ever gets lost. Furthermore, in most cases, people find a dog that seems like they escaped, but due to the lack of information on the dog, they are unable to return him or her.
Get a dog fence
Installing a dog fence is one of the best ways to keep your furry friend at home. It will provide a physical barrier that will make it difficult for your dog to escape. Make sure to choose a fence that is tall enough and made out of materials that your dog cannot climb or chew through. A dog fence will also allow you to create a designated area for your dog to play in, which can help keep them from exploring other parts of the property where they are not supposed to be.
Train your dog
Dogs are very intelligent creatures, and with the proper training, they can be taught to stay on the property. Start by teaching them some of the more basic commands; like to sit, stay, come to a certain point, and stay down. Once your dog has mastered these commands, you can begin working on more difficult tricks, such as fetching a ball or Frisbee. Not only will this provide mental stimulation for your dog, but it will also give them a sense of purpose. Furthermore, dogs that are well-trained are less likely to run away because they know that they will be rewarded for staying on the property.
Ensure your dog has an energy outlet on a daily basis
Often or not, dogs will run away simply because they have this amped-up energy and nowhere to release it. If your dog is not given enough exercise, it will likely become bored and restless. As a result, they might start digging holes or chewing on things that they are not supposed to. To prevent this from happening, make sure to walk your dog at least once a day. If you cannot do this, consider hiring a dog walker or taking them to doggy daycare. On the other hand, if your dog does not release this energy regularly, it can drive them to escape chasing that squirrel or even just the car that drives by your house.
By following these tips, you can help prevent your dog from escaping and leaving the property. While it is impossible to guarantee that your dog will never run away, these tips should help decrease the chances of it happening. Furthermore, if your dog does ever escape, make sure to take the necessary precautions to ensure that they are returned to you safely.