6 Tips on Preventing Your Pet from Running Away
It's heartbreaking when your pet runs away, and almost always leads to a guilty conscience, consistently asking yourself "what could I have done to prevent this?"
But why do our pets run away? Sometimes pets bolt because they're bored and frustrated. Or they're having separation anxiety. Maybe they have animal playmates elsewhere in the neighborhood and need the fellowship.
Whether we fear an older dog getting lost or a younger, excitable, anxious, or energetic pet running away from home, we can take preventative measures to make sure that they don't want or feel the need to leave their home.
1. Don't leave your dog alone for longer than necessary
Depending on the age of your pet, there are limits to how long you should leave your dog alone. Puppies that are 8-10 weeks old should not be left alone for more than an hour, since they aren't able to hold their bladder for as long.
Dogs that are 2-3 months old generally need to be checked in on (and taken out) about every two hours, and once they reach 4 months old, can usually hold their bladder for up to 4 hours.
Once your pet reaches over the age of 18 months, they can typically last up to 6 hours, but of course, this depends on your pet's personality. It is important to know how long your pet can stay alone - this way, they won't feel the need to take it upon themselves to find their way out of the house to use the bathroom - or for any other reason either.
2. Install a good, sturdy fence (if you don't already have one)
As a great preventative measure, be sure to install a fence that is the right size for your pet. If your dog is over 100 lbs, it doesn't make much sense to install a 3-foot fence, as dogs this size can typically jump well over that. Be sure to take a look at a dog fence sizing guide to ensure your dog will stay within your backyard's boundaries.
3. Let your pet burn off all that energy
Pets will also feel anxious and at loose ends when left alone. When this happens, they become more likely to run away, espcially if they don't get enough exercise and stimulation. Give your pet the opportunity to blow off some steam with plenty of exercise. Some breeds need more exercise for their physical and emotional health - so ask your veterinarian how much your pet needs if you're not sure.
4. Give your pet a dedicated, safe, and warm spot to sleep
We all feel more at-home when we have our own dedicated room, area, or space - and our pets are the same. By giving them a comfortable space that is dedicated as their own, your dog will have a spot that is theirs for napping during the day and sleeping at night. What's even better is that unlike the floor, an appropriate dog bed is warm, supports arthritic joints, and prevents calluses.
Make sure you have the right dog bed for your pet's size and preferences to ensure a good night's sleep and prevent them from running off to find a place that they can call their own.
5. Quickly register your pet at Finding Rover
6. Get a GPS dog collar
Today, it's all about technology. To prevent your dog from getting lost, you can get a dog GPS tracker. A GPS tracking unit can save your dog's life. The main reason most dog owners purchase a GPS tracking device is to prevent runaway dogs. Research has shown that 7.6 million animals enter shelters each year, where 2.7 million are euthanized, with 1.2 million of those being dogs.
Written by: Elise Morgan
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