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Tips on Preventing Dog Escapes

Keeping Tails Close: Tips to Prevent Dog Escapes and Ensure Safety at Home

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Few things send a chill down a dog owner's spine like the sudden escape of their beloved furry companion. Despite our best efforts in training, the unexpected escape of our pets can send us into a panic. Whether it's the allure of an open gate or the irresistible draw of a fellow canine passing by, dogs, driven by their natural instincts, can dash off in pursuit, leaving owners in a heart-stopping moment of distress. Fortunately, our beloved staff at Heritage Kennel has provided us with two tips for preventing dog escapes.

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The ASPCA's pioneering study in 2010 (Weiss et al., 2012) highlighted a concerning reality for dog owners. Their research revealed that approximately 14% of dogs went missing at least once within a five-year period. Despite the study's limited sample, it suggested that roughly 11-16% of dogs in the broader US pet population might experience a similar disappearance in a five-year span. So what are the reasons causing dogs to runaway and what can dog owners do to prevent these escapades?

1. Unplanned Doggie Escapades

Though not every dog is predisposed to wander, their innate curiosity often leads them to explore. Dogs, as a species, possess a natural inclination to investigate their surroundings. A slightly low fence, a faulty gate, or an open window can easily entice an inquisitive dog to venture off unexpectedly.

In addition to securing potential exit points like windows and doors with pet-proof screens or sturdy barriers, creating an enriching indoor environment with toys and engaging activities can help fulfill your dog's exploratory instincts. A mentally and physically stimulated dog is less likely to seek out escape routes. Regular supervision in the yard and routine perimeter checks for potential escape routes, such as holes or weakened sections in the fence, are vital steps in averting unforeseen canine adventures.

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2. Chasing Other Dogs

While some dogs may show little interest in pursuing prey, some dogs revel in the chase, taking extra measures is crucial to ensure his safety. Despite our best efforts as responsible owners, a strong prey drive is deeply ingrained, making prevention and the use of appropriate tools essential in keeping your dog close and preventing smaller neighborhood animals from harm.

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Understanding the innate behaviors of our beloved canine companions, such as their propensity to explore or their instinctual prey drive, is crucial in safeguarding their well-being. Whether it's securing potential escape routes, providing engaging distractions, or utilizing effective restraints, being proactive in addressing these natural inclinations goes a long way in keeping our furry friends safe. By acknowledging and addressing these inherent traits, we can create a safer environment for our dogs while fostering a harmonious coexistence within our communities. Remember, a combination of vigilance, suitable tools, and a deep understanding of our dogs' instincts plays a pivotal role in ensuring their security and the welfare of the wildlife around us.



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