How many times have you come home to an empty yard? Where did your pup go? They got out again!
How many times have you come home to an escape artist dog in the act? Is your yard covered in holes from your pup digging their way out?
Once they get out, they’re vulnerable to everything lurking on the other side of your yard. Vehicles on the road, other animals, humans, and the possibility of your pup getting lost are all reasons for concern.
The feeling you get the moment you realize they found their way outside of your yard is like a knot in your throat and a feeling you never want to experience again. You’re ready to learn how to keep a dog from escaping the yard once and for all, and we’re here to help.
Continue reading below for everything you need to know!
Know Your Pup
The first thing you want to do is educate yourself on the type of pup you have. Gain some experience handling their breed. This is the first step to learning how to keep a dog from escaping the yard.
What’s their breed? Did you know that different dog breeds have different instincts and means of escaping?
Is your dog a climber, a digger, or a jumper? Do your research on your pup’s particular dog breed to know what you need to do to prevent them from escaping again. You can also do a bit of investigating to find the answer.
Are there holes dug at the base of your fence? If not, you’ll then need to decide if they’re climbing or jumping. You should also note that some dog breeds are more active than others, more curious than others, and will be more likely to want to explore.
Know When to Keep Them Inside
Of course, your pup wants to spend time outside exploring nature, but you should know when to keep them inside. If your pup happens to escape the yard each time you leave for the day, then it might be best to keep them inside while you’re away.
Find a way to make sure your pup can stay comfortably inside during the day when you’re gone. There are apps that allow you to hire trusted dog walkers who can come and walk your dog for you.
If your pup is afraid of lighting, thunder, or fireworks, then be sure to keep them inside during these events as well. This will reduce the risk of them leaving the yard.
Build a Sturdy Fence
Without a proper fence, your dog will have no reason to stay confined within the yard’s limits. You need to install a sturdy fence that can keep them inside. Be sure the fence is tall enough so they can’t jump over it.
If you install a chain-link fence, then remember your dog might be able to climb it. Place a roll bar at the top of the fence in this case. It’ll prevent your pup from being able to make their way over the fence when climbing.
If your dog’s a digger, then you can place large rocks at the base of the fence or install chicken wire under the fence.
Keep Them Entertained
Some dogs will stray away from their homes because they’re bored and are looking for something to keep them busy. You’ll want to keep your pup entertained to prevent this from happening.
Find a few new toys you can leave in the yard for your pup to play with. To make things easier for you, you can buy a variety of toys on one shopping trip. Then, introduce one toy at a time.
When you see your dog becoming bored of that toy, then it’s time to show them a new one.
Spay and Neuter Them
If your pup isn’t spayed or neutered, then there’s a chance they might be escaping due to their natural instincts to find a mate. If another dog of the opposite sex is in the area, your pup might become tempted to leave your yard and follow the other dog.
When you spay or neuter your pup, you won’t have to worry about them chasing down other dogs for this reason.
Take Them on Long Walks
You should also take your dog out each day for a long walk. Even if you have a large yard for them to play and use the restroom in, you’ll want to take them out. This allows them to explore the area surrounding their home and see what’s beyond the fence.
If you never take them out, they could become curious or stir-crazy. If you give them the opportunity to sniff and walk around outside of the yard, they’ll be more willing to stay inside it when needed.
Sign Them up for Obedience Classes
If you’ve tried a few of these techniques listed above and nothing seems to work well, then you can also consider signing your pup up for obedience classes. Speak with the class leader about the issues you’re having with your dog at home.
He or she will work with you and your pup. Your pup will learn that leaving the yard is not allowed unless you’re taking them for a walk. If they do escape, these classes could also teach them to follow your commands when calling them back home.
Stop Your Escape Artist Dog in Their Tracks
Don’t come home to an empty yard again. It’s time to stop your escape artist dog in their tracks! Use the advice given here in the guide to ensure your pup stays safe at home.
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