Escaping Dogs

From scaling fences to jumping gates, escaping dogs can be stressful.
Thankfully this behaviour can easily be addressed with quick and easy resolutions for owners and pets alike.

Why do dogs escape?

Dogs rarely escape without a reason, the most common being:

  • Boredom
  • Attention seeking
  • Social Isolation
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Fear of something
  • Lack of exercise

How to stop dogs escaping

  • Keep your dog active and occupied (for ideas, see “Ideas to keep your pets occupied”)
  • Install an Electronic Dog Fence. Electronic fences are the most popular and reliable solution to stop escaping dogs. There are two types of Electronic Dog Fences available:
    1. Wireless or Radio Collar Dog Fence – This containment system uses a wire and a special electronic collar to contain your dog. When your dog approaches the wire the collar will audibly warn the dog to back off. If the dog ignores the warning then a static correction is given.
    2. Electronic Dog Fence – This system uses a wire that is either attached to your existing fence or placed in front of it. When touched this wire gives off a static like shock that will make the dog quickly back off.
  • Extend your fence height. Although this may initially solve the problem, it does not address your dog’s motivation for escaping. The extension is best to be tilted inwards at a 45 degree angle and remove any objects near the fence.
  • Tethering your dog. Tethering only recommended as a last resort as it can result in increased barking and possible aggression