5 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe
1. Ensure you give your dog regular exercise and adequate training. Boredom can be significant cause of escape attempts. If your dog is not getting enough mental and physical stimulation, or is left alone of many hours unstimulated, he will be more likely to venture away from home to find something to do. Resolve this by giving your dog plenty of attention and exercise every day, and leave some safe toys for him to play with when you are not around. It is also a good idea to perfect basic commands such as “Sit”, “Stay” and recall for added security when out on walks. Introduce these to your dog in a safe space such as an enclosed garden, with another person present to help you if necessary and reinforce commands.
2. Thoroughly secure your garden and home. If your dog makes regular escape attempts, you will need to take additional measures to keep your dog safe and secure. For jumpers, add additional fencing around your garden, ideally tilted into the garden at a 45° angle to make escape attempts harder. For diggers, embed chicken wire under your fence, or place rocks or a patio near to your fences. Also, try to keep items such as garden furniture away from walls/fences to prevent climbing. You could also invest in a dog gate to keep dogs inside the house, such as this sturdy one from Trixie, which features galvanised metal for added stability.
3. Keep dogs safe on walks with microchipping and tagging. The Control of Dogs Act 1992 states that all dogs must have a collar with a name and address tag while in a public place. This is important for your dog’s safety as it will make him easily identifiable if he does escape on a walk. Microchipping is an important additional way to ensure identification if they escape at any time. You could also invest in the Safe Spot Locking Lead. With its fully reinforced steel cable core and a clever locking design, this lead offers real strength and security when on walks, or when leaving dogs for short periods.
4. Invest in new technology. A new wave of GPS pet tracking devices are now available, which use the same GPS (global positioning satellite) technology found in sat navs and smart phones. Groomers now stock the Tractive Pet Tracker, which can inform you of your pet’s location as often as needed in real time, and will even give you directions to your pet’s location should you need them. The small, ultra-lightweight device attaches easily to any existing collar, and is also waterproof, making it completely suitable for everyday use. This technology seamlessly integrates with free apps for iPhone and Android, allowing you to keep constantly updated on your pet’s whereabouts. You can even determine a virtual fence or safe zone around your house, and set up alerts if your pet ventures further away from home.
5. Consider neutering. Not being neutered is perhaps the most common cause of roaming and escape attempts. Sexual hormones are strong motivators for dogs, and both males and females can go to great lengths to escape in search of a mate. Neutering surgery is successful in abating these behaviours in 90% of cases, with most neutered dogs choosing to stay close to human companions.