Does your dog’s ability to escape from your yard have you frustrated and worried that he may get hurt or cause damages that you will be liable for? To prevent escapes, you’ll need to find out how your dog is getting out of the yard and why he’s so determined to run off. Dogs often escape because they are left alone for long periods of time and need an outlet for their excess energy. Your dog’s escape may lead him to interactions with other people or dogs and fun things to sniff. Keep in mind that an unaltered dog will be motivated to escape, so supervise their outside time until your dog has been spayed or neutered.
Some dogs jump fences, but most actually climb them. A dog may also dig under the fence, chew through the fence or learn to open a gate. Knowing how your dog gets out will help you to modify your yard and secure your gates.
To decrease your dog’s motivation for running off, keep your dog inside when you’re unable to supervise him and when you are away from home. Walk your dog daily. It’s good exercise, both mentally and physically. A tired dog is less likely to go searching for entertainment. Rotate your dog’s toys to make them seem new and interesting. Contact a trainer for advice or attend Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control’s free Pet Parenting class for help in solving your dog’s escaping behavior. Call 260-414-3507 to enroll in an upcoming class or email Adoptionhelp@cityoffortwayne.org.