We created this list of questions to help in preventing your dog from going missing!
Anyone who has had the experience of losing a pet will tell you that it is just devastating. Here are some quick tips to help you avoid such a terrible event.
Why should I neuter or spay my pet?
Make sure that all animals are spayed and neutered. Unaltered animals are much more likely to become lost. If your dog is not neutered he may be escaping to search for female dogs any may continue to roam far and wide. The simple solution might be to neuter your dog. (The same holds true for unfixed female dogs, who may be escaping to find male dogs.) Altering your pet also helps to keep your pet healthier and keep down pet over population.
Why is my dog escaping when I am not home?
Make sure that your pet has adequate exercise and interaction with the family. If your dog is spending too many hours out in the yard alone, escaping may be her or his way of dealing with loneliness and boredom.
Should I have a collar on my dog?
Always keep a collar and ID tag on every animal. Most animals who disappear while wearing identification are returned home promptly. Many animals who disappear without identification are never returned.
What is a Microchip?
A microchip is a small glass capsule, about the size of a grain of rice, which is injected under the skin. It is read by a special scanner that is used by many shelters and animal control facilities. A microchip is not a substitute for an ID tag - your neighbors, after all, don't have one of those special scanners! But if an animal become lost and loses their collar and tag, the chip can still help get him or her home. Ask your veterinarian or local animal shelter about microchip identification.
Can I let my newly adopted dog outside by himself?
Adopting a new dog is a time of transition. Never take a chance with a newly adopted dog. Understand that it will take time for them to realize where they live and that you will provide for them. Always accompany a new dog outside and never leave them alone.
What type of a Leash should I use with my newly adopted dog?
Use a sturdy, traditional leash. Slip your hand through the leash loop, wrap the leash around your wrist and hold on securely. This will prevent the dog from bolting and pulling the lead out of your hand. Of course, be sensible and don’t do this with a strong, unpredictable dog, or he might drag you down the street! We give two Thumbs down to retractable leashes, as they can be unsafe if dropped and dragged by the dog.
My adopted dog tries to back out of his collar when out walking what should I do?
For maximum protection against a dog slipping out of its collar, consider using a martingale collar and harness together while walking your dog. If using an Easy Walker or SENSE-ATION Harness, attach the leash to the D ring of the harness and to the D ring of the martingale collar. If using a regular harness, use a carabiner or coupler to attach the D ring on the back of harness to the D ring of collar. You may also want to use one leash for the collar and one leash for harness.
The only thing we normally recommend with a newly adopted dog is to have them wear a Martingale collar, to help them for backing out of their collar. Check out the link here
Should I have a Lock on my Fence?
The Answer to this is Yes! Keep fence gates securely locked. This is for the safety of both your pet and any visitors (wanted or unwanted). Some dogs have learned to open gates and let themselves out. Most gates have a latch that can be secured by placing a clip through a hole when the latch is closed.
How can I stop my dog from digging under the fence?
If your dog is digging under the fence, you will need to either bury fencing in the ground(18 to 24 inches deep) to deter her from digging, or attach fencing to the bottom of your fence and lay it on the ground at least 12 inches into the yard. Both methods work , but you must fix the entire perimeter of the yard or the dog will probably find the unprotected spots.
How do I stop my dog from jumping over the fence?
Look for and move objects that the dog may be using as aids. For instance, if the doghouse is close to the fence, he may be launching off the roof. Add additional fencing to add height to your fence. You could try using a light gauge wire for this purpose; if the dog feels that the light wire is unstable, he or she might decide that he can no longer jump out.
Dogs that normally do not escape or jump fences have been known to become frantic on holidays like the Fourth of July or New Years. Never leave your dog alone during these loud potentially frightening times.
Loud noise makes my dog go frantic. What can I do?
Thunder, lightning, fire crackers are all sounds that cause some dogs to become frantic. It is best to be home and supervise your dog during these times or keep them inside. If you see that your dog is becoming really frantic, it is best to crate them. Try placing in the crate something that has your scent on it, like an old sweatshirt or pillow case.
Should I yell at my dog for running away from me?
One of the biggest No-No's is to reprimand a dog who has run off and finally come back, or you have finally caught him. Doing this is teaching your dog quite the opposite. It's teaching him NOT to come back. Dogs are all about the moment, and whatever they are doing at the moment you punish them is what they relate to as being the crime. In this case, they will think it's coming back! What dog in their right mind would come back knowing it's going to get in trouble? As angry as you may feel towards your dog when you finally catch him, you cannot punish him. It's too late. A dog needs to be corrected at the moment the bad behavior is being performed. They do not have the mind set to reason with the logic of not running away to prevent the punishment. To a dog, it's all about the moment. Also keep in mind that your dog can feel your emotions. So, if you are angry, he will feel it. He won't know WHY you are angry; he may even think it is because he came back to you. Take deep breaths and try to calm yourself. Instead, think strong and confident. Stand tall, lean forward. You will have a better chance of your dog taking you seriously and submitting to your wishes.
I am adopting a new dog what is the best way to bring him home in the car?
The best way to transport a dog is to put him securely in a carrier or keep him on a leash when traveling. Do Not Open the car door until you have a firm hold on the leash.
What can I do to help my dog from escaping out the door?
Some dogs are known to escape by dashing out of the house the moment the door opens. For the door-dashers, the best strategy is to place a baby gate at the doorway. Training your dog to sit BEFORE the door opens every time is also a good behavior to establish.
What should I look for when bringing my dog to the groomers or kennel to prevent him from escaping?
Make sure your vet, groomer, and kennel understand your newly adopted dog and their desire to escape and run. Look for a business that has a secure fenced area for walking dogs. If this isn’t possible, be sure to share your set-up with your leash, collar and harness with the staff. Make sure they will not use a slip lead on your dog. Most businesses take their own precautions, but you can never be too safe. Always ask what safeguards they have in place. Don’t be shy—the safety of your pet depends on it!
I have a fearful dog that runs in the opposite direction from me in the yard. What can I do to help me get the dog back inside?
If you have a fenced-in yard and a fearful or shy consider leaving a long lead on the dog when outside, so you will have something to grab when you need to bring the dog indoors. Remain outside with your dog to make sure the leash does not become tangled around vegetation, trees, or furniture. Spend time on obedience commands such as Sit, Stay & Come.
Should I have a recent photo of my pet?
It is always good to have photo's of your pet. If your pet goes missing you will have a recent one you can use.
*Take close-up shots so that details show up well
*Keep taking shots until you get a few good ones that really look like your pet. Most snapshots of pets look like any other cat or dog. You want your photos to be unique and your pet to be unmistakable.
*These Photos will be invaluable to you later if your pet is ever lost.
My dog knows how to Sit can I benefit from a training class?
Yes, all dogs can benefit from dog training. Dogs can be trained to NOT go through open gates or cross borders. This type of training keeps your dog at home, where it belongs. Dogs can also be trained to not rush to or through the front door when the doorbell rings. Hire a dog trainer or behaviorist to help train fence jumpers, door rushers, hole diggers, or dogs who won't come when they are called.
What can I do to make sure I can be located if my pet is found?
*Always keep a collar on your pet with a tag that has your CURRENT PHONE NUMBER AND ADDRESS ON IT.
*Always have a CURRENT rabies tag and pet license tag attached to your pet's collar. You can be found by the number on the tags.
* A collar and Phone tag are the most important form of ID you can have for your pet. However pets, can lose their collars on the street.
*Get your Pet a Microchip Implant. A chip Provides Positive and reliable identification for your pet and most shelters can scan animals for this ID chip.
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