For pup parents, one huge fear they have to face is the worry of their pup running away or escaping.
It can happen to even the most careful Mommies and Daddies, and it happens to many every year, but taking a few extra steps can help prevent this. Here are the five most common reasons that pups run away.
1. Easy escape routes
All pups are naturally built to roam, and fur balls are genetically and naturally adventurous explorers. Open doors or windows, low fences, and broken gates are practically invitations to a curious pup. If you tend to leave your windows open, install screens or bars, and regularly inspect your fence for breaks or weaknesses. Do also supervise your pup when he’s in the yard and consider installing a baby gate or barrier in your door so he can’t just dash out!
2. The thrill of the chase
Unfortunately, this is a hardwired instinct. Not all pups love running after squirrels, cats, or birds, but if your fur ball is one of them, make sure to be extra careful. Monitor potential escape routes and make sure leashes and collars are secure when you bring your pup out.
3. Reproductive drive
It sounds a bit silly, but it’s true! Male pups who haven’t been neutered may notice a non-spayed female pup in the neighborhood and take off like a shot. The obvious solution to this is to de-sex your fur ball (read up on other benefits of that here!), and studies show that it’ll decrease sexual roaming in 90% of cases.
A pup in need of entertainment will probably try to find some, wherever that may take him. To counteract this, be sure to provide puzzle toys and games for your pup and take him out for a good walk once a day, especially if you’re leaving the house. You can also organize playdates, or just give your pup a nice long cuddle at the end of the day!
5. Frightening sensations
This specifically refers to loud noises, bright lights, and big crowds. Fireworks and thunderstorms are huge culprits – keep your pup indoors during these times – although anything that fits the description also applies. To ease this trouble, work on recall training and crate a nice safe space for your pup at home. You can also try using a calming device like a ThunderShirt. Don’t forget to have a secure collar and leash, and even a back-up harness, when outdoors, too!
The good news is that if your pup has proper ID, if he runs away, he will most likely be one of the 500,000 pups a year that are found and returned to their families. Just be sure to keep your pup as safe as possible to spare yourself the worry! Do like and share away!
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