As a dog owner, there are any number of things to prepare for when it comes to ensuring your dog has a healthy and happy life. You get him checked at the vet, purchase the right kind of food, offer lots of toys, love, and affection, and do your best to keep him safe. But even the worst case scenario can’t always be prevented. A busy holiday weekend with guests coming in and out of your house may be a recipe for disaster when it comes to a particularly adventurous pup. The temptation to bolt out the door or leap out of the backyard is sometimes one that not every dog can resist and can be extremely dangerous, especially in places where traffic is busy or other animals may be roaming around. Your dog’s safety is the most important thing and should definitely not be taken lightly.
Running away from home is a common behavior problem for many dogs, though it’s easily one of the more dangerous issues to deal with. A loose dog can get into all sorts of trouble including injury, illness, or even worse. As his owner, your dog depends on you to keep him safe, even if he isn’t so keen on making it easy for you. But while this problem can be hard to deal with, you may be surprised as to the ways you can keep your dog from running off. These methods are best done while your dog is a puppy to solidify the training early on, as working with an adult dog with established habits may present a challenge. It’s not impossible, however, to slowly adapt your older dog to new habits as long as you approach with patience and caution.
First, ensure that front doors are not left open unattended and that backyard fences are high enough to prevent your dog from leaping over and cannot be dug under. Close off his escape routes where you can and get your dog a collar with a tag and microchip, if possible. Identifying information is important, especially if you have a dog that runs off frequently. The easier it is for someone to return your dog to you, the better chance you’ll have that your dog will make it home okay.
For training, you’ll need some fun and stimulating toys to keep your dog occupied. Things like puzzle toys and Kong toys work well. You’ll also need some treats and the ability to train every day. Repetition is the only way your dog will form new habits.