Imagine the worst possible scenario for you and your treasured dog. It is just a normal day and your companion is happily running around in the back yard having their usual sniff around interesting odors and barking while partaking in some ball play.  You go inside for just a minute or two and come back out to an empty yard, your dog has escaped.

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Envision the shock, horror and distraught emotions that would flood your mind. All it takes is a loose fence panel or a pre-dug hole. The only bait needs to be an innocent squirrel, an interesting smell or another animal enchanting your pup. You obviously want to eliminate any chance of this happening at all costs, but there is always still that slim chance it could happen to you. So here are our top five tips to help prevent your pet from becoming an escape artist.

Tip 1- Keep pets safe with tags

Sometimes an escape is unavoidable.  You can do every single procedure correctly, but your intelligent dog may still find a way to sneak out and chase that squirrel or sniff out that rabbit. That’s why our number one top tip is to prepare for the worst and get your pup a personalized pet tag. It doesn’t have to be a plain and boring safety net, personalize it, bling it up, make the pet tag look attractive and it can be a cute little accessory. You can get personalized dog tags to ensure that in the worst possible scenario, your dog is safely returned happily to your home.

Tip 2- Chicken wire

The best obstacle for a digging dog that likes to scratch away under your fence is chicken wire. To use it efficiently and avoid any harm to your pets, make sure the sharp edges roll inwards. Start by digging a trench along the bottom of the fence, around 12-inches deep and remove all rocks and debris. Unroll the chicken wire near the trench and cut it into small sections. Attach the wire to the fence with a few zip ties, place a few heavy rocks on the wire and pop the soil back in. Viola, it is perfectly safe and a resilient escape obstacle. You can use other materials if chicken wire is not your number one choice. Find out about other ways to breakout-proof your fence.

Tip 3- Have your dogs neutered or spayed

Dogs can be easily led by hormones which can lead to behavioral issues. By having your male dog neutered, you can reduce hormonal instincts and reduce the risk of escape. Studies show that it will also decrease sexual roaming in about 90 percent of the cases. If your pup is female, have her spayed. Female dogs are more likely to attempt to escape when in heat, which could result in an unexpected pregnancy.

Tip 4- Obedience training

Sometimes the escape could be the result of a quick dash out the front door when you’re least expecting it. The best way to avoid this is persistent obedience training. Teaching the ‘stay’, ‘down’ and ‘wait’ commands are very useful in this instance. An obedient dog will look to you for guidance and leadership and the process of training can lead to an improved bond with your pup. It is never too late to start obedience training, find out how to teach your pet the basics here.

Tip 5- Keep your pets happy

Even the most comfortable and content dogs still could try and make a run for it occasionally; curiosity can just sometimes unavoidably get the better of them. However, if you take all measures to ensure your dog is happy in their home, the chances of an escape are much slimmer. Provide them with interesting and stimulating toys, bond closely through games of fetch and long on-leash walks, ensure clean and comfortable bedding is available and of course give lots of love and cuddles.

Don’t forget about microchipping and remember to keep up-to-date with all appropriate vaccinations. Hopefully, a breakout will not happen to you and your pup, but by preparing for the worst and taking all measures to avoid the unimaginable scenario of an unreturned escape, you can keep your pets safely at home where they belong!

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