Why Do Pets Escape?
Have you ever wondered why pets escape? Lets face it, time and time again Fido jumps the fence and you have tried every enforcement to “block” him from digging, jumping and escaping. Dogs jump the fence for a number of reasons, so lets break them down and give some tips on how to help.
First is we need to understand why they escape. Things beyond the yard are far more exciting! The lack of an enriched environment could be a cause. Plain dirt with no stimulation, or other playmates can be quite daunting day after day. Try enriching environment, or introducing new toys when you leave the pet. Choose a puzzle toy or a toy with food stimulation, and only allow that pet to play with it or have it when you leave. If a pet is a “working breed” or very active breed such as a Labrador, Heeler, Border Collies are dogs that need a job. If not stimulated enough or have proper outlets of energy, they may create their own job as escaping. From agility, trick training or going on jogs or walks can provide in that dog’s mind to believe that that is it’s job.
Is the pet spayed or neutered? Strong natural drive to seek out a mate may drive pets to escape. In fact, neutering your male dog can decrease sexual roaming by 90 percent. Not only can escaping to find a mate be troublesome, but can also potentially get your pet struck by a car, or attacked by another dog. Females can become impregnated thus leading to unwanted puppies.
Simply, get down to the basics. Taking walks with your pet can not only be good for you but also provide an outlet for energy both positive and negative. Expand your “people time” with your dog. Teach your pet basic cues and commands and try more mental stimulation, even if its 15 minutes a day! You can use some of those cues during short walks to add to the stimulation and create the idea of a daily job for your dog. Protect your male and female pets from dangers outside the yard and ones that occur systemically by getting them spayed and neutered.