It’s a top priority to keep dogs safe at our house. Mom says sometimes it is a real job, but we have our rules and routines which will hopefully keep us from ever going missing. Since July is National Pet Loss Prevention Month, we decided to share some of our tips. Of course, any type of pet can get lost. Mom lost a cat, and he was never found, but today we are focusing on dogs.
Tips To Keep Dogs Safe – National Pet Loss Prevention Month
Did you know that one in three pets will be lost in their lifetime? That is a scary statistic. We never want to be lost, which is why we are telling you about some of our safeguards.
Loss Prevention Starts At Home
Before you let your pet out into the yard, have you checked your fence system recently. We do our perimeter patrol daily, and we know exactly what the state of our fence is. Mom also comes out and checks the fence every week when she mows the lawn. A couple years ago she noticed the bottom of some sections was rather loose. To remedy this, she purchased some fence stakes to tack down the fence so we can’t slip underneath.
If you have one of those electric fences, make sure it is working. We hear all the time about the wires getting broken or not working properly. Don’t forget to put the collar on your dog so they know when they are approaching their borders.
Always keep an eye on your pup when she is outside. Sadly, pet theft is a big business. Dogs left alone in their yard are easy targets for these sinister humans.
Make Sure Your Pup Has Proper ID
If your dog ever goes missing, make sure she has proper ID. A microchip is a great way to ensure your pet has ID. Your vet should check the chip every visit, to make sure it is working properly.
I know not everyone wears a collar, but we like our collars and we hang our chip tag, ID tag, and city license on ours. If we are lost, we definitely want to be found. Some humans don’t like the jingles tags make. These days you can get a collar with your dog’s information either embroidered on the collar, or there is a metal piece you can slide onto a collar so there are no jingles.
Keep Dogs Safe When You Leave Your Home
Of course, there are well trained dogs who walk without leashes, but we do recommend walking dogs on a leash for a lot of reasons. Even the best of dogs can be startled by something and take off. Many cities do have leash laws. Your dog should be used to walking on a leash. If you travel, it is very important to keep your dog leashed up. You don’t know the area, and neither does your dog. If they get scared and take off, it is really hard to even imagine where they might go.
Puppies Are Extra Sneaky
Puppies are small, cute, curious, and they seem to like to hang around their new human, but not always. The little pups scare easily. They are small and can fit or fall into tiny spaces. Puppies don’t know their surroundings like older dogs. Always have your eye on your little one as they can dash off, and be gone in a second. Little ones can also fit through fence gaps or under fences very easily, so your fenced yard may not be a safe barrier until your puppy has grown a bit.
Don’t take a risk, don’t gamble with your furry family members, keep dogs safe. Make sure your pup doesn’t become a lost pet statistic.
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