Have you ever had one of your beloved pets get lost? It is a heart-wrenching experience and one you never want to go through. When you get a new puppy, they are more prone to possibly getting lost since they are in a new environment. They are learning things like how to come when they are called, what their property boundaries are, and even not to dart out the door.
In honor of National Lost Pet Prevention Month, we want to help enhance the awareness of how pet owners can keep their furry pals safe. There are some simple tips you can follow to make sure your puppy does not get lost.
Microchip Your Puppy
While a microchip will not prevent your pet from getting away from you, it does make it easy for a vet to know they are yours when they are found. Microchips are placed under your pet’s skin and are scannable. They contain information including your name, address, and phone number, so you can easily be contacted.
Use a Leash
If you are taking your dog for a walk or to the dog park, use a leash even if you think your pooch will not stray. Be sure you hold tightly to the leash, so cannot run frightened from another dog or chasing the scent of a rabbit.
Practice Car Safety
If you like to take your pup for rides, practice car safety. Use a pet seat belt so they cannot jump out when you open the door. You can also crate them while traveling, so they don’t distract you while you’re driving.
Spay or Neuter Your Pup
Once your pup begins to mature, they will seek a mate if they are not spayed or neutered. Spaying or neutering alleviates the urge to mate and helps keep them close to home.
Train Your Puppy to Stay
While there are many commands you need to teach your puppy, stay may be one of the most important ones you ever teach. You can use this command when you are answering your door, in your car, or if you are doing an outdoor activity.
Avoid Loud Activities
Activities such as fireworks can spook your pup. It is best to keep them inside, and not to take them to events where loud, startling sounds occur.