Every time I see a message on Facebook, or a sign about a missing dog in the grocery store, my heart dreads. Although some tales of 'missing dogs' happily end up ever after, some are not so fortunate. Many times when a missing dog is identified and the owner is not identifiable, the dog ends up in a shelter or the pound.
The most important thing to note however, is that this disaster can be avoided! Here's some explanation your dog can lose if ignored and if taken to practice can be prevented ...
1. Owner opens door, dog runs out to chase squirrel/car/human/rabbit other animals, dog chases all the way until they are not within recognizable territory, owner unable to chase down and locate.
2. Unaltered dog senses opposite sex and chases them to mate when door is open.
3. Unleashed dog being walked by their owner, owner thinks they will walk by their side but something catches their attention or spooks them and they run away or towards interest.
4. Dog pulls away and collar comes off (choke collars tend to come off easily as well as collars that may be too big and slides out).
5. Dog is able to escape back yard through jumping a fence, digging a whole, opening gates.
6. Dogs left in cars alone - Just a matter of breaking a window.
7. You can also lose your Dog if their Food Time table changes-They will find all ways to Go out and get Food themselves.
8. Dogs can be lose when brought along on vacation. If they get out - they are in an unfamiliar area - and, may take off looking for their home.
9. You can lose your Dog If you’re too Harsh with them/don’t love Them.
10. You lose your Dog if you don’t keep your dog on a good leash.
HOW TO AVOID LOSING YOUR DOG
1. Microchip your pup
Microchipping is where, in a safe operation, a chip with the owner's contact details is implanted in the shoulder region of a pet. The ASPCA strongly supports dog owners having their dogs chipped at all times. At most animal shelters the chip can be read by a scanner and is a perfect way to reunite a missing dog with his owners.
Although an ID tag on a collar is very necessary, the chip would still be there as a second source of identification if a dog were to run out of the house without their collar on, or if their collar would slip off while they were running away.
2. Always keep an eye on your dog
Dogs are stingy little rascals! No matter how good your dog is doing, there is always a risk that they will be curious enough to chase something beyond the fence or backyard. Remain an eye on him when you let your dog play outside. Don't leave him out without the hooman supervision for an extended period of time.
Dogs are like adolescents – though they are self-sufficient, with their parent's back turned to cause some trouble they can also find some free moment!
3. Always keep your dog on a good leash
Finding the best kind of leash can works for your pup is crucial. Big dogs may need a longer leash and small dogs may need a leash a little shorter in length. Do work! A rope leash and a chain leash are both fine, powerful options for a pull-dog.
Try to keep the dog always on a leash. For most states, it's not just a rule, but even the best-behaved dog can get distracted by a squirrel you don't see. If you want to let off-leash your dog at a park, make sure it has a fence around it.
4. Be aware when you open the door of your car
The best way to ride with your pup is with a doggy seat belt, or in an enclosed area (like the back room in a hatchback or a protected doggy crate). When you are riding comfortably in the car with your dog, though, make sure that the windows are shut sufficiently far enough that only a breeze enters. Although seeing your dog stick his head out of the window can be adorable, it can be dangerous!
God forbid he'll get scared and leap out, or his paw will touch the "up" button on the window and cover his eyes. Be mindful of your dog when you open your car door, too. He would be worried that you will abandon him on the other side for just a moment, and some dogs will seek on run after you.
5. Get a good collar with an ID tag
This is completely critical! Be sure the collar is not too loose and not too tight for your dog. Check to see how comfortable and robust the material is. Please, make sure your four-legged buddy wears both of his tags – one with his name, telephone number and address and the other with his vaccination record!
6. Check the entire length of your fence
The entire length of your fence should be tested every few weeks. Make sure your dog hasn't tried digging a hole, and also test to make sure your dog can't jump on it, and then climb over the fence. Note pups are artists for escape!
7. Get your pet spayed or neutered
You might wonder how important that would be. A dog that isn't fixed is excited to find a, um, "partner." The pet also releases all the insane hormones that turn him into the heart-eyed emoji whenever a lady comes along. When a dog decides to make a rendezvous with the neighboring dog out of his door, he'll do almost anything to get out!
8. Choose to double leash
When your dog is an exceptionally successful escape-artist (hey – it happens!), consider double walking leashing. It offers more power to the owner, while keeping the dog safe. Choose both a slip leash and a clip-on. This means he always has another security system if the dog falls out of one.
9. Teach the ‘stay’ command when a person enters the house
Using treats as an opportunity! Perhaps the best solution for trying to deter your dog from running out of the front door is basic discipline. Let someone enter the house, and let your dog sit when the door is opened. Keep them distracted by the treat before the person behind them closes the door.
10. Be especially wary of taking your dog outside during the Fourth of July or any other time when there are loud noises
If you've ever had a dog you probably know it's a scary time for them the first week in July. When I was a kid, every time there was a thunderstorm, the neighbor's dog used to run across the street onto our front porch.
When he was stressed out we never found out whey he came to us, but dogs are known to run when under strain. Keep a close eye on your pups (and snuggle them!) during these challenging times.
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