Spring brings to mind soft, petal-sweet breezes, yard sales, and tadpole counting. We’re not the only ones simply itching to take advantage of the sublime temperatures, though. Pets also enjoy all of the novel scents in the air, and attempts to bolt down the street are common this time of year.
There are all sorts of reasons behind an escaping pet. Once you have a handle on why your pet wants to frolic, you can help them stay safe at home where they belong.
Point A to B
Of the numerous possible motivations beneath an escaping pet, the following are the most familiar:
- When an animal is in heat they are instinctively compelled to find a mate
- Bored, lonely pets are more likely to pursue new adventures
- Anxious pets are found to have fewer social skills, which increases the risk of escape
- Many pets fear being confined in a yard, cage, or house
Some pets are chronic escapees, meaning that they show repeated attempts to run, jump, and sneak away from their owners. Others simply take the one chance that randomly presented itself to a curious pet.
Lost or missing pets end up in shelters every day. To increase your odds of reuniting with your pet again, it is ideal to have them microchipped. While a collar and ID tags are also critical, these can slip off or be removed.
Similar in size to a grain of rice, microchips are inserted just below the skin. They are linked to your specific contact information so, when scanned, you can be called. Also helpful is keeping a recent photo of your pet and a detailed description of appearance.
Escaping Pet Safety
There are ways to reduce the chances of an escaping pet. For starters, have your pet spayed or neutered to decrease the instinct to roam. Also:
- Check (and recheck) fence posts, gates, window screens, and other potentially problematic escape points.
- Reinforce spots where your pet likes to dig.
- Check on the quality and condition of their collar and leash.
- When out in public, make sure your dog is under your control (this includes the dog park where pups can squeeze out of an open gate without their owners).
- If your pet responds adversely to loud, unexpected noises, be sure to provide a quiet space for them during storms, fireworks, parties, or parades.
Also, in the case of an escaping pet who flees boredom, increase their daily dose of physical exertion. Doggie day care (like our Barking Zone) or a daily sitter can help with the need for physical and mental stimulation.
Lastly, address any behavioral concerns to prevent an escaping pet. Early intervention with obedience training can lead to great results, like a calm and happy pet.
Spring Back Home
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. Having an escaping pet can be frustrating and frightening, but with a bit of support your pet will be happy to stay home with the ones they love best.