As a dog owner, it is your job to protect your pet and keep them safe at home as well. Use these 6 simple tips to prevent your dog from getting lost.
There are a million different ways for pets to get lost. Lawn and pool keepers leave the gates open and give your dogs unrestricted access to the neighborhood. Dogs frightened by thunderstorms or loud fireworks jump over the fence and disappear. Snapping leashes, tearing collars, and dogs rushing through open doors.
Despite the many ways it can happen, there are a number of simple ways both to prevent loss and to help your dog get home quickly when he gets out of the house.
Here are 6 ways to prevent your dog from getting lost:
Install secure fencing:
Fencing is one of the most recommended ways to keep pets safe, but it’s not entirely foolproof. If you have a very athletic dog who can jump or climb over a fence easily or a smaller dog who likes to dig and can easily burrow under a fence, you need to take extra precautions to prevent escape.
If your dog is a climber avoid chain links and short fences; If your dog is an excavator, install baseboards along the fence line to prevent digging. Whichever fence you choose, make sure your fence is enough to enclose your pets.
Train your dogs:
In addition to learning basic obedience and tricks, training is important for your dog’s safety, especially when it comes to preventing him from running away or getting lost. Your dog should be taught to sit and wait on the doorstep rather than going outside when it opens. He should also be trained to come reliably when called to stay in a specific location when asked to and trained not to chase cars, lizards, squirrels, and other prey.
Many pet owners mistakenly believe that training is all about teaching manners, but training could one day save your dog’s life too.
Microchip for your dogs:
The most important thing dog owners can do to prevent their dog from getting lost is to have their dog microchipped and to check that the microchip is registered with current and frequently updated contact information.
Microchips are the only permanent way to identify a dog and ensure that if it escapes, it will be returned to its family.
Collars & ID Tags:
In addition to the microchip, your pet should always wear a collar and identification tags. When choosing a collar, make sure that it is sturdy enough to hold an ID tag on, but light and comfortable enough for your dogs to wear at all times.
Choose a durable, lightweight, and weatherproof ID tag. Your pet’s ID tag should include at least your dog’s name and a phone number where you can be reached.
GPS trackers are a must-have for owners of dogs who flee frequently so that you can track your dog no matter where he goes. These tags use global location satellites to track your dog’s location in real-time and almost always guarantee a safe return home. And as an added bonus, you can set up a “virtual fence” and be notified by SMS as soon as your dog leaves its defined limits.
Just as dogs should never face the fear and confusion of being lost, pet parents can avoid the fear and worry that comes with losing a dog by using common sense and the 6 tips above.