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A lot of dogs, unfortunately, go missing each year. They are either stolen or lost after escaping from home. That’s why, you, as a dog owner, have to do everything possible to prevent your pooch from escaping.
If you’re not sure what you should do, check out the 5 ways listed below. They will help you keep your dog within the boundaries of your yard (and home, in general). They may even save your dog’s life.
How to Prevent Your Dog from Escaping?
1. Install a Dog Fence in Your Yard
One of the first things that comes to our mind when we think about preventing our dog from escaping is to install a fence in our yard. A strong, high enough, and wide fence will give your dog the freedom they need to roam around the yard with no or a little supervision. However, you need to ensure the fence doesn’t have any holes, loose boards, or any “weak” point where the dog could leave the perimeter. You should also make sure your pooch can’t dig under the fence to leave their designated area.
If you’re not sure what kind of fence to use, you can consider using a wireless dog fence. This type of fences secures the perimeter with remote control. No digging, no installing wires, no hard work to set it up. Instead, you just need to place the transmitter at the center of the perimeter, put the collar on your dog’s neck, and adjust their settings. If your dog tries to escape, the collar will emit correction (shock, beep, or vibration) to prevent it.
But, if your yard has a weird, irregular shape or has many areas within where your dog can’t pass through, you can also consider using a wired dog fence. Although this type requires a bit more during the installation and some digging, it’s perfect for yards with flower gardens/beds, vegetable beds, ponds, and similar areas within the perimeter.
2. Train Your Dog
Training your dog is a must-have for every owner. In this way, you teach them to follow your orders and how to behave properly. Hence, teaching them the basic commands like Sit, Stay, Come, Down, and similar, is a great and fun way to have control over them. They will prevent your dog from rushing past the mailman when they ring the doorbell or escape the yard when scared by a sudden loud noise.
Apart from teaching proper behavior, training your dog has several other benefits, including:
- Strengthens the bond between you and your dog.
- Stimulates your dog mentally and physically (e.g. the command Roll Over will make them think of how to move and asks for some physical action).
- Teaches your dog on well-behavior and well-behaved dogs are always welcomed and loved by everyone.
- Helps you understand your dog’s personality.
3. Sterilize Your Dog
Sterilizing your dog may be heart-breaking for both of you, but it’s one of the best ways to protect them and prevent their escape. It’s because unneutered male dogs tend to chance females in heat, which means they will find a way to escape from their home (even unconsciously). There are other benefits of sterilizing your pooch, including:
- Preventing aggressive behavior when around a female dog in heat.
- Reducing the risk of uterine and testicular cancer.
- Preventing group dog fights caused by unneutered dogs chasing a female in heat.
- Preventing unwanted offspring.
4. Always Use a Leash When Outside
Keeping your dog on a leash when outside your home (and yard) will prevent any chances of escaping. No matter how trained your dog is, they can easily get scared by a sudden loud noise, new people/places/sounds/sights, other unknown events. That’s why you should always use a leash when walking your dog.
Apart from using a leash when outside, you should also use it at home if your dog is a door-dasher. Keeping them on a leash will prevent their rushing outside every time you open the door or when guests arrive.
5. Give Your Dog a Lot of Exercise
All dogs, regardless of their breed, are playful and need to be active throughout the day. That’s why you need to give your dog a lot of daily exercise. It could be running in the park, playing in the yard, catching a frisbee, playing fetch, or swimming. No matter which activities you choose, your dog needs to be engaged in physical activity to strengthen their muscles and bones, burn calories, and get tired. The last one is the benefit you look for as it will make them fall asleep in no time and preventing any thought of running away.
When you think your dog is trained well, obedient, and calm, they may escape. Unfortunately, we can’t foresee these things as they happen spontaneously when we don’t expect. However, we can do everything we can to prevent that from happening. You can set up a fence and follow (any of) the other tips provided in this article. They will help you reduce any risk of your dog escaping.
If you want to maximize your dog’s safety even if they do manage to escape somehow, microchip them and make sure they always wear their ID tag. Both of these ways, especially the first one, will help get your dog back soon.
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