Having a dog that constantly bolts and runs away can be frustrating and exhausting. It can be tough to eliminate this problem but following the steps listed below can definitely help you avoid it as much as possible.
1. Get your dog microchipped
This will ensure that when a local shelter or veterinarian finds your dog, they can easily find your dog’s information.
2. Secure your home and yard
Self-closing gates and fences can be a worthwhile safety investment. For indoor dogs, use doggy gates to block entrances so dogs are less likely to bolt.
3. Check your dogs tags and collar.
Make sure your dog’s tags are legible and their collars fit them correctly. Read on to find out ways to make sure your dog’s leash and collar fits.
4. Identify why your dog ran away in the first place.
If they ran away because of boredom or need of socialization, take your dog out to more dog parks and for longer walks. Also, spreading some interesting toys around your yard could keep your dog occupied. If your dog runs away because they’re in an unfamiliar environment, make sure to bring
5. Obedience Training is key
Make sure your dog respects you as its leader. If a dog feels secure, stimulated and led by you, he will be less likely to run away. Make sure your dog knows the command “come”, this is a good command to practice time and time again in all situations.
6. Neuter your dog
Neutered dogs are much less likely to run away. Unneutered dogs often run away to relieve their sexual urges and follow other instinctual drives.
7. Drop your dog off at a friend’s or one of our DogVacay host’s homes.
This means your dog won’t be left in isolation while you’re at work all day. Doing so will give you peace of mind that your pup is being well taken care of. Our DogVacay hosts are handpicked and excited to make your dog feel at home. Make sure to let your host know if your dog has any bolting habits. This way they can be better prepared and make sure your dog is safe and secure.
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