My Dog Keeps Escaping My Yard, Help!
Updated: Apr 15
So, you have got an escape artist! This can be stressful coming home to your dog missing or getting a call from the ranger saying your dog is in the pound, again. Even worse, a call from the vet saying your dog has been hit by a car!
Dogs may escape for a few reasons:
Stressed & anxious that you have left
Exciting things over the other side of your fence (Other dogs, people, other animals)
An ill structured fence or gate, making it just to easy to escape for any dog
Some dogs just have a lot more energy & drive to do things, making escaping a yard fun to do
Generally, with these types of dogs, it's going too keep happening, so prevention is key. No amount of training will stop a dog from escaping.
First make sure your yard is actually suitable to hold a dog inside it. If your fences or gates are low, broken, had holes in them or gaps under them, you're just asking for trouble.
If your yard is secure & your dog is still managing to get out these are your options:
Crate – If you are out for short periods of time, crate training will house your dog inside, preventing them from escaping.
Kennel Run – If you are out for long periods of time building a kennel run to allow for more space, fresh air, shelter, water & play. Making sure you have concrete, brick, mesh or wood floor, walls & roof to securely house your dog
Tie Out Lines – If you are out for long or short periods of time a cemented in tie out line allows for movement, play, shelter & water. Preventing them from escaping.
Electric Fence – Getting a professional to install an electric boundary fence for your dog will allow them to have full access to the yard as normal by simply wearing a collar & doing a little bit of training to make sure they know where the fence is
Keep Them Inside – Keeping them inside will prevent them from escaping the property but it does come with the risks of your belongings being destroyed instead if your dog is destructive