7 Key Things To Avoid Losing Your Dog


  1. NEIGHBORLY TRAINING
    Walking your dog daily is not only good for health and social skills. It also serves as a guide for him to return to you in case he gets lost. Dogs are animals of habit, and they tend to repeat things they are taught repeatedly including the route home. It's also good to point out that your dog has an improved chance of recovery if your neighbors are familiar with him and you. 

  2. LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE (SCHEDULING)
    Have you ever heard of dogs being scared of thunder and fireworks? This is a common ailment suffered by many of our canine friends called "Thunderstorm Phobia". Loud noises and changes to the weather, alters their state of mind and in some cases dogs will runaway trying to find a safe area. Stay up to date with special dates where fireworks are involved (i.e 4th of July, and New Year's eve), and consistently check the weather channel for upcoming thunderstorms.

  3. PUPPY PROOFING PROPERTY
    Check your home for potential places your pooch could sneak out of. You might need to get on your hands and knees to get to see things from their perspective. Check for areas where they can dig a hole and sneak out, take a detailed look at the fence surrounding the backyard as sometimes they might have an opening, and don't forget to lock gates that are readily available for them.

  4. UNEXPECTED VISITORS
    It only takes a second for your dog to find an open door and step out of your house. If you ever have an unexpected visitor come to your house. Make sure he/she locks the gate or door they walked through. If you have people coming to service your pool, garden, or plumbing or anything of the sort. Make sure you give specific instructions on closing any opening after they've entered your home.

  5. COLLAR/HARNESS (MUST HAVE!)
    Collars and Harnesses have their strengths and their weaknesses, but they both serve the same purpose. They are designed to keep your dogs attached to your leash, and prevent them from running crazy in the street. Even if your dog is highly trained, it's never a good idea to walk them without a leash and collar/harness. Dogs can be easily distracted or startled, and if they are roaming free they can spook and run and chances of a tragedy happening greatly increase. This item is also pivotal in carrying what many consider the first line of defense when your dog gets lost. the DOG TAG!

  6. DOG TAGS (ACCESSORIZING)
    Now that you have a collar or harness on your dog. It's an extremely good idea to accessorize with a dog tag. Dog tags are without question one of the most important measures of loss prevention only behind the microchip. If your dog gets lost the tag should have your updated address and contact info, and if he is a dog that suffers from anxiety or bad temperament or any kind of medical ailment or treatment. it would be wise to mention it on the tag somehow.

    DOGS WITHOUT ID TAGS ARE IN DANGER!

    According to an article in the NY Times and research studies from the A.S.P.C.A. 80% of dog owners believe that having a dog tag is an extremely important accessory for a dog; yet only 1 in 3 pets wear them. This is a shocking statistic given the fact that 1 out of 3 dogs will experience being lost at one point of their life. What's more startling is that pet shelter statistics say that 31% of pets in shelters are euthanized yet only 26% are returned to their owner!

  7. MICROCHIPPING
    Microchipping your dog is a simple procedure. A veterinarian injects it beneath the skin in between the shoulder blades. It's only the size of a grain of rice (12mm) and dogs barely feel the very quick procedure. After a dog gets lost more than likely it will end up at a vet or a shelter and the microchip is the first thing they search for. This is the best dog prevention tool available as this is something your dog cannot get rid of. Also make sure the info on the microchip is up to date. No point in having it if you don't update it.

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