It’s a nightmare come true, you’ve let your dog out for playtime in the yard but there’s a hole in your fence or the gate is blown open. The heart-wrenching panic begins to set in as you frantically check the backyard whistling and calling your dog’s name. But he’s not there, not in the yard, not just outside. He has run away and is lost and alone.
It’s easy to panic in this situation, but the faster you can begin searching and spreading the word, the more likely he is to come back. In honor of National Pet Identification Week, we’ll discuss some options for how to prevent a runaway, how to properly ID your dog and what to do if he does go missing.
Why do dogs run away?
There are several triggers to cause a dog to run. Some have a prey instinct that causes them to chase squirrels, cats, birds or other dogs. For some dogs it is so strong that they will dig under or climb over fences in order to continue their chase.
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