Losing your dog can be a harrowing ordeal. You don’t know where your pooch has gone, and you’re not sure if you’ll ever get them back. In 93% of cases, dogs are eventually returned safely to their homes, according to the SPCA. In some cases, though, dogs either stay missing, or end up getting into an accident as they try to cross a local road.
About 14% of dog owners report having lost their dog within the past five years. In most cases, it’s a completely preventable event. You never need go through the worry of wondering whether or not your puppy will be okay. Here are three important tips for making sure that your pet stays happy, safe, and where you expect them to be.
1. A Good Leash and Collar Makes a Difference
- A good collar needs to be tight enough to prevent slippage, and also contain the necessary contact info in case your dog does get lost. Check your dog’s collar every few months to make sure it hasn’t stretched loose, or started to fray.
- A good leash will prevent your dog from bolting out of your control. The slip collar is a good choice for dogs who need help for correcting misbehaviors, like getting distracted by squirrels.
- The harness is a good option for many dogs, since it will prevent pressure from restricting their breathing — this could be potentially hazardous for some dogs, especially smaller dogs with tracheal issues, such as pugs. It is a design that is very hard to slip out of.
2. Events to be Wary Of
- Doors can be enticing to some dogs, and this is especially true for newly adopted dogs who will pay special attention to where exits are located. Inform any visitors, especially children, of your dog so that they know not to leave doors open.
- Some dogs are lost during events that end up scaring them — July 4th is a common time for dogs to get lost. Keep a firm grip on the leash at all times, because you never know when a motorcycle will fire up or construction noise will begin.
3. Proper Fence Installation
- Many people use outdoor fences to keep their dog enclosed, but there are ways a dog can get around this. Jumping over is a common problem — large dogs will often see a four foot wall as a challenge, not a constraint.
- Do a monthly check of your fencing, whether you have vinyl fences or wood fencing. Dogs can work on digging holes or will find broken sections to worm their way through.
- Although invisible fences are popular, they do have drawbacks. Since they do not act as privacy fences, people or other animals can still get into the yard. If your dog is in danger, they might flee the yard but be too afraid to return.
- Look out for “launching pads” like picnic tables or banks of snow that make it easier for dogs to jump over outdoor fences.
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