There are many reasons why your pet might try to run away from home. Maybe they’re bored, scared, or looking for love. Some pets escape simply because the opportunity presents itself. Whatever the case, runaway pets are an all too common problem.
While there’s no way to guarantee your pet will never escape, there are many ways you can keep your pets safe at home while you’re away. Let’s take a look at a few.
1. Leave your dog indoors when you leave home.
If your home is secured, your pet is probably safer inside the house when you’re gone. Dogs and cats are prone to wander off when you’ve left them outdoors, so make sure your home is pet-proofed and locked up if you’re leaving for work or errands. If your pet is crate-trained, make sure they are safe and comfy in their crate before you go.
2. Secure outside gates and fences.
Broken gates and open fences are a major culprit in pet escapes. Make sure your fencing and all gates are securely closed (and locked if necessary). Repair any gaps in your fence and fill in any holes your dog may have dug at the fence line.
3. Make sure interior doors and windows are closed and locked.
Even if you leave your pet in the house when you leave, they could still escape through an open door or window. Periodically check your windows and doors to make sure they’re secure so you won’t have to worry when you’re away.
4. Ensure fences are high enough that a dog can’t jump over.
Some dogs just can’t help themselves–they can easily hurtle toward a short fence and jump right over! If your outdoor fence can’t contain your pet, don’t leave them outdoors unattended. You may also want to investigate replacing the fence.
5. Spay or neuter your pet.
Mating urges are a significant factor in pet escapes. If your dog or cat hasn’t been fixed, then getting them spayed or neutered could help prevent them from bolting at the first chance they get.
6. Prevent boredom with exercise and attention.
If you’re concerned about your pet getting bored and escaping while you’re gone, be sure to give them plenty of attention and exercise. Play tug in the backyard, go for a run together, play fetch, and get plenty of quality time before you go.
7. Have a snug, calming garment for your pet to wear during storms and fireworks.
Many pets run away from home because they’re afraid. It’s common to hear of dogs going missing during Fourth of July and New Year’s celebrations due to loud fireworks. Many dogs are afraid of thunderstorms, too. A snug garment made specifically to comfort your dog can help prevent fear-based escape when there are loud noises in your immediate area.
8. Walk your dog on a leash.
If you’re out and about in your neighborhood, make sure your dog’s on a leash and is wearing a properly-fitting collar or harness. A leash will help you keep your dog by your side and prevent them from bolting during your walk.
9. Use a device that alerts you when your pet leaves home.
A smart device attached to your pet’s collar can let you know if they are detected away from home. Huan Bluetooth Smart Tags emit a low-energy signal that automatically alerts your app if your pet escapes. With the help of our trusty app users and sensor network, we can help you get your pet back home safely.
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