Losing a dog is a nightmare for most of us. Nobody wants to experience the stressful days of searching and the sleepless nights worrying whether our furry bundle of joy is safe and alive. While there are several reasons why and how dogs go missing, here are a few tips to prevent your dog from going missing.
Keep an eye on your dog.
It may sound like a no-brainer but the easiest way to keep your dog safe is to see where he or she is at all times. The operative word her is “See! Seeing is different from knowing.
Yes, you may know that your dog is playing in your yard, but if you don’t have an eye out, your dog could have dug out, run out of an open gate, or worse, been stolen by a dog thief.
Same goes when you’re walking your dog. Do not leave your dog tied to a parking meter outside any establishment. Anything can happen to your dog especially when you aren’t around to protect him or her. They could slip the collar, chew through the leash, or be stolen.
Make sure your dog’s leash is safe and working.
Make sure to use a good leash on your dog before going out for a walk. Do not take your dog off-leash even if you’re just checking the mailbox. Anything can happen in a split-second. Your pooch could chase a squirrel or rabbit across the road and most likely, you won’t be able to catch them.
This could result in your dog getting lost, or worse, injured or killed in traffic.
Give your dog a nice, sturdy collar.
A good collar should fit your dog’s neck nicely. It keeps your dog from slipping out of it and getting loose. Your dog’s collar can also provide an easy way to identify your dog. Make sure your dog’s collar has your contact information so there will be good chance of getting your dog back.
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Make sure to check the fit of the dog collar regularly as it is likely to stretch out over time or get worn down.
Have your dog microchipped.
You can have your pooch microchipped at the vet. Microchipping involves implanting a tiny chip under your dog’s skin. Your pooch won’t feel any pain during the process.
If your dog loses his collar, this is another way to have your dog be positively identified as yours, though this shouldn’t be a substitute for the collar and ID.