Why dogs stray: Why dogs stray

Because they can! If your garden fence is broken or not high enough then most dogs will escape given the chance – so fix it so that your dog can’t get out.

  • If your dog is likely to run out of your front door when you open it, make sure that you shut him away safely in another room before you do so.
  • Dogs that are bored or are brimming with energy are more likely to escape from the house or garden in search of an adventure - so make sure that your dog gets enough exercise, play and training time with you to use his brain and wear him out.
  • If your dog runs off when you are on a walk with him because he has seen other dogs or caught a whiff of a scent, keep him on a long lead until you have taught him to come back on command. Please read our 'how to train your dog to come to you' factsheet.
  • If your dog is not neutered then he or she may be escaping in search of a mate. Straying for this reason can lead to unwanted litters of puppies as well as being the cause of traffic accidents, or result in your male dog getting into fights and being a general nuisance. The answer to this is to have your dog neutered – he or she will not miss the ‘urge’ and will soon be happy to stay at home, safe with the rest of the family.
  • Remember – by law your dog must wear a collar with your name and address inscribed on it or on a disc attached to it whenever he is out in public.
  • If your dog is wearing a name tag, it is likely that your dog will be returned to you quickly by a member of the public or a Local Authority Animal Warden.
  • For extra peace of mind, consider having your dog microchipped.  This is a form of permanent identification that cannot be lost or removed from your dog. When your dog is found, he’ll be scanned by the Dog Warden or a Vet and be returned to you. By law your dog will still need to wear a collar, but microchipping will give you that extra peace of mind because collars can come off from time to time. Your local Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre can microchip your dog for around £9.50, but please phone to arrange an appointment first.
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