Keeping Dogs From Escaping

How can I keep my dog from escaping from our fenced-in yard? -- iVillager eiya

Dog trainer Andrea Arden says:
Is the problem weak fencing? If so, you could upgrade to a tougher fencing material. Of course, though, if he is to be outdoors, make sure he has shade and water and is safely locked in so he can't be stolen.

However, you might also consider confining your dog inside your home in a crate (for no longer than a few hours) or a long-term confinement area (such as puppy-proofed bathroom).

It also sounds as if your dog is having a hard time handling being alone. This isn't surprising considering that dogs are social animals. But, sadly, most pet dogs must spend a lot of time alone. We can make this a lot easier for them if we teach them to accept and even enjoy time without you.

To do this you should begin by teaching him when you are home. Many people come home from work and spend the rest of the night with their dog. Certainly companionship is the main reason we share our homes with animals, but sometimes this sort of thing sets a precedent that we can't live up to. Your dog only knows two extremes: Either you are home and he is with you (and happy) or you are away and he is not so happy. Try having him spend time by himself, in a crate or other confinement area, for many short periods when you are home (ranging from a couple of minutes to an hour or so). Make sure to give him something to do while he's in there. Try stuffing a few Kong toys or white sterilized bones (think occupational therapy).

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