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How To Prevent Your Dogs From Escaping

Statistics of lost and found dogs are heart breaking and if it were to happen to you, it is hard to imagine how you would keep yourself from a never-ending blame game.

It is one of the toughest things for a pet parent to imagine that their beloved pet’s name is under the list of lost dogs and which might never be found.

Since there is still a low awareness about why dogs escape and what should be done to avoid it, here is an article to help you find the reasons and the solutions.

Reasons Why Dogs Escape

Separation anxiety
Dogs often have separation anxiety and if you have recently had a major change in the household or your schedule that is overwhelming for your pet, he might escape.

Sexual maturation
Once your dog attains sexual maturation, he or she might escape finding a partner unless you have neutered your male dog and spayed your female dog.

Phobias
Dogs often develop phobias if they experience any external or internal form of stimuli and they try to escape eventually.

How To Prevent The Escape

Obedience training
The first step to prevent escapes is to train your dog to obey commands, for example, stay, sit, come etc. It also helps to create a bond between you and your dog and helps you understand your dog’s behavior so that you know what to expect in unfavorable conditions.

Leash training
Whenever you are walking outdoors, always put your dog on a leash because the external environment is absolutely unpredictable.

Keep him active
Keeping your dog active through the day and letting him play around as much as he wants to within your yard can prevent an escape. If a dog is well fed and well exercised, he is more likely to settle down instead of being ready for a run at odd hours.

Fence training
Fence-training can take away a good amount of load from your mind. Train your dog within the fence (here are some good options) and help him feel comfortable with the fencing so that he does not develop the curiosity that often leads to escapes. Check your fencing periodically and attach a chicken wire to your fence so that your dog does not dig through the lower half.

Keep him socially active
A dog that meets and greets other dogs and humans often is less likely to make an escape than the one that hardly goes outdoors. Take your dog out for regular walks to parks where he sees people and understands the concept of a society. He will not feel inclined towards making a run whenever you are off-guard because he will be accustomed to the idea of a world around.

Final Thoughts – Prevention Starts Today!
None of these factors can guarantee that your dog will never escape and therefore, you must always be careful. However, these measures could prevent a good deal of such mishaps.

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