How To Avoid Runaway Pups

  • 27/04/2017
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Runaway-dog.jpgIn an ideal world, a lost dog would be able to head up to the nearest police station and reel off their address, owner’s names and home phone number. Our pups are intelligent, but I think this may be expecting just a little too much.

Many dogs have a curious and mischievous side to them, meaning they often dig their way under a fence, slip out of leads and make sudden dashes for running rabbits. The disappearance of your devoted pup can leave you devastated, but here are a few things you can do to increase the likeliness of your dog returning home safely.

ID on dog collars

If you keep a collar on your dog at all times, it keeps them much safer. On their collar should be engraved pet ID tags that have some sort of identification on them. Dog tags help the person who has found your dog to find you so that they can return your pup. Pet tags come in all shapes and sizes and you can personalise them however you wish. Just be sure it’s worn at all times.

Train your dog

A firm input of training makes a more obedient dog that is less likely to run away. Teaching your pup the emergency recall command is perfect for keeping control in unexpected situations. This obedience will help you to stop them from following their curiousness and keep them at bay.

Use a leash

Every time you let your dog off leash in an unfenced area, you are taking a risk. Even if it’s just from your home to the car, your dog has the potential to make a dash for it. You should ensure you keep your dog on a leash for the best way to be certain they won’t run away. Instead of letting them run off-lead, run along with them whilst on-lead, it’s great exercise for you both.

Doggy microchip

A microchip is placed just under the skin between a pups shoulder blades. It means your dog is permanently identified as yours. These are helpful if a pet tag on a collar falls off or to prove the dog belongs to you in the event of theft. They are scanned and instantly identified.

Despite having the best intentions and following all the rules, dogs can sometimes still become lost or stolen. If this does happen to you, you should take immediate action.

You can use post signs, newspapers and shop windows to advertise for help finding a lost dog. Ask neighbours, friends and family to help you look or keep an eye out. Local animal hospitals and shelters are good to contact in case someone has handed your pup in. Most importantly, act fast and do not give up hope.

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