Lost Pet Prevention Month

With summer getting underway, there will be plenty of vacations, BBQs and other outdoor activities for you and your dog to enjoy. However, sometimes those fun experiences can trigger unrest or curiosity, causing your pup to wander off or get lost. July is Lost Pet Prevention Month, which makes it the perfect time for a refresher on tips to prevent your dog from going missing.

Lost Pet Prevention Month

  1. Make sure your dog has a collar on.

First and foremost, make sure your dog is always wearing a collar with proper identification. Attach a tag with your pup’s name, home address, your name, and phone number where you can easily be reached (day and night). It’s also a good idea to include a tag that shows your dog is up to date on all shots and vaccinations.

Make sure your dog’s collar fits well. If it’s too loose, you pup could easily wiggle out and you could be left standing there with the leash as your dog bolts off. You should be able to fit no more than two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck.

  1. Consider having your dog microchipped.

The American Humane Association encourages all pets to be microchipped. It is a permanent identification system that will always be with your pet. Almost all animal shelters and veterinary clinics have scanners to identify lost dogs, helping reunite them with their owners. For more information on microchips, visit the AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION.

  1. Keep your dog on a leash.

There are many reasons WHY YOUR DOG SHOULD BE ON A LEASH.  Any time you are outdoors, you should try to have your dog on a leash. Especially with the 4th of July around the corner, fireworks and other loud noises can easily spook your dog and send him running. Keep your dog on a LEASH so you are prepared during unexpected situations.

  1. Always check that your gate is closed.

Even if you have a fence around your property, that doesn’t guarantee that your dog won’t run off. Carefully check your yard for any holes or gaps that your pup could get through. Also, never assume that the gate is closed. Landscapers, neighbors, friends and family can easily leave it open. If you are planning on having guests over, be sure to remind them to keep the door or gate closed at all times.

  1. Train your dog.

Go over basic training with your dog. Practice simple commands so that your dog will come when he is called. Train him to walk on a leash properly, so he will learn to stay close to your side. Also, teach your dog not to run to the front door when the doorbell rings and to avoid specific doors in the house. These basic training techniques can help keep your pup safe.


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Lost Pet Prevention Month

June 30, 2016