3 Vital Tips to Keep Your Dog From Going Missing
Summer is the perfect time to get out and run around with your canine friends. The warm weather and long days are sure to give your dog plenty of energy. Unfortunately, if you aren’t careful, your pal could end up using some of that energy to go on an unauthorized adventure. No one wants to walk into the back yard and see the gate open or a slipped leash with no sign of Fido, and these scenarios can be avoided as long as you follow some easy rules. Check out these ways to make sure you don’t have to deal with the worry and frustration of a lost dog.
- Keep Him on a Leash
Letting your dog off the leash to run around may seem like a great idea. Unless you’re taking them for a run, they likely aren’t really getting up to their preferred speed during a walk. But you need to be careful about when and where you let your pup run free. You might think you’ve found the perfect spot for them to run, but watching your dog take off and disappear into the woods after another animal is no fun. If you’re lucky, he’ll just come back with some leaves and twigs on him, but this is an easy way to lose a dog if you aren’t paying close attention.
- Make Sure Your Dog Has a Collar and ID Tag on at All Times
A collar with your dog’s ID tag just might be the most important part of getting your dog back quickly if they do get out of your sight. The tags on your dog’s collar should have contact information that will make it significantly easier for someone to contact you if they find your dog wandering around. While a collar makes it easier to get your dog back, it can also stop your dog from running off in the first place. A well-fitting collar will keep your pooch from slipping out if they tug away from it. Always check your dog’s collar regularly as they may stretch out or wear down over time.
- Always Know Where Your Dog Is
This is the most effective way to keep your dog from getting lost. Just knowing where your dog is and checking up on them greatly reduces the risk that they will have a chance to run off. You should take a look outside every so often, even if your dog is in a fenced in backyard. You might catch them digging, or realize that they’re out of their collar. Even if they do get away, you’ll be happier knowing that it had to have happened recently, and they can’t be too far off.
Dogs really are man’s best friend, and you should take care of and protect your loving buddy. Stopping them from straying out on their own is one of the best ways you can do this. Your dog might want to check out new sights and smells, but at the end of the day they want to be back home with you. If you have more tips for keeping your dog from getting lost, share them with us in the comments.
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