Dealing with dogs that like to run away can be frustrating and tiring. Although it’s tough to change such behaviour, following the simple steps below may help you prevent and overcome the problem.
1. Microchip your dog
This will help the local warden or animal shelter retrieve your dogs information if they ever go missing.
2. Legible tags and collars.
Always ensure your dog is wearing a well fitted collar especially when going out for a walk.
3. Secure fences and gates
Securing your home and garden is extremely important. Self-closing fences and indoor/outdoor doggy gates can help prevent dogs from darting away.
4. Spay or neuter your dog
It is less likely that neutered dogs will run away, unneutered dogs usually run away to relieve their sexual impulses and follow other habitual drives.
5. Why does your dog run?
Understanding why your dog runs away is a good step towards taking the appropriate course of action. If your pooch runs away out of boredom or need for socialisation, walk your dog often and for longer periods of time. If your pooch bolts when placed in unfamiliar environments, ensure they always have proper identification tags on.
6. Obedience training
Training is needed to ensure your dog has good recall and responds to commands such as ‘’come’’ ‘’stay’’ etc. This also helps establish you as their leader, so it’s less likely your dog will run away.
7. Search for a trusted myDogBuddy Sitter
Your dog will never have to be alone again while you’re away or at work. Knowing your pooch is being looked after by one of myDogBuddy’s insured and experienced Dog Sitters will provide you with the ultimate peace of mind. Inform a dog sitter if your pup likes to bolt so they can prepare and ensure your dog is safe and secure at all times.