Dogs attempt escape for many reasons ranging from loneliness, boredom, territorial roaming, mate-seeking, an underlying curiosity, anxiety or a combination of these. Try these tips to keep your dog happy and safe in your home and yard.

Try these tips

Keep your dog stimulated

Often a dog will attempt escape if they are understimulated or has a lack of social interaction. Expand your dog`s world and increase time going for walks, visiting the dog park, teaching them tricks and try rotating their toys regularly to keep them engaged. You could also start freezing dog treats in ice cubes or large containers so your pet has to work to get them. Turn on the radio, television or search ``dog entertainment`` on Youtube for 10-hour videos of exciting footage for your dog to enjoy. If you don`t have time to take your dog for extra walks or playtime, consider asking a friend, family member or reputable professional for help! Chat to your local vet to see if they know of anyone offering these kinds of services in your area.


Look at your fencing

RSPCA NSW always recommends secure six foot fencing around your property, espcially if your pooch is known to look for an escape route. You can also prevent escape by placing a chain link fence around the yard or block any existing gaps in the fence by using large rocks. You can also bury chicken wire under the ground at the base of the fence so your dog can’t dig underneath.

Keep them inside when you’re out

If possible, try keeping your dog in the house while you’re out. Give them a long-lasting treat or another form of enrichment to keep them occupied inside while you’re gone.

Have your pet desexed

If your dog is desexed, they may be less likely to go in search of a mate. The National Desexing Network can also help you find local vets in your area offering services at discounted prices. Having your dog desexed has other benefits too. It can often help with behavioural issues such as barking, marking, running away, humping and aggression. Chat to your local veterinarian or RSPCA about how desexing may benefit your dog.


Speak to a veterinarian or behaviourist

Checking in with a professional will help you understand where your dog’s escaping behaviour comes from. It could be an anxiety issue, for example, which can be managed with proper training and/or medication.

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