Some people might feel that Harry Houdini reincarnated into their dog based on the number of times he has escaped from their backyard. Some dog owners have devised their own way to keep their dog contained while others get tired of chasing their dog down and end up taking him to the humane society. The following are some tips on how to prevent your furry companion from escaping your yard.
Invest in a good fence
One of the most commons ways that a dog can escape is by sneaking or digging under a fence. Chain link fences are quite common and are the easiest type of fence for dogs to escape through. If the bottom of the fence isn’t secured into the ground, your dog can easily sneak under it. Also, older fences can get small holes in them, which is another easy way for dogs to escape. A long piece of rebar is a temporary fix while a more permanent solution is thought of. The rebar can be placed directly in front of the hole while snaking through several of the links.
A wood fence is better at keeping your dog contained. It’s harder for them to see into other yards, which may be a reason why they’re escaping. A neighboring dog may tempt your dog into wanting to play with them and cause them to find a way to escape your yard and get into your neighbors yard. It’s much harder for dogs to squeeze under the fence. However, some dogs may turn to digging a hole under the fence as a means of escape. Some ways to help keep your dog from digging include burying chicken wire at the bottom of the fence, placing large rocks in the area where your dog likes to dig, and to bury the bottom of the fence 1-2 feet below the surface. Working on behavior can help your dog from not wanting to dig.
Keep an eye on your dog
Know the signs of when your dog is thinking about escaping your yard. These could include spending a lot of time next the fence, especially near an area where they are prone to escaping; digging; and trying to climb the fence. If your dog tries to escape while you are in the yard with him, correct his behavior. Another option is to have your dog on a leash when he’s in the backyard. This will make it harder for him to escape. Don’t tether your dog when he’s in the backyard as he may feel that he’s being punished and will be more motivated to escape.
If all else fails, make sure that your dog has a microchip so that he can be returned to you safely. It is required for dogs to have a collar with tags, but sometimes that can come off during the escape. Other times a collar may not have a tag containing the owner’s information.