How to Help With Escape Behaviors

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Some dogs are professional escape artists. This behavior can be a huge risk to their safety. Escape behaviors can start due to a variety of reasons but are often a result of opportunity and boredom. If you have a dog that has already learned to escape yards or door dash please follow the tips below! 

What To Do 

  • Supervise in the yard at all times. Do not allow your dog unsupervised access to the yard. Do not assume your yard and fence are escape-proof. Accompany your dog outside and remain outside with him the entire time. Some dogs only need a few minutes to escape. 

  • Manage your dog’s access to doorways. If your dog darts through doors make sure he is on a leash when people will be entering or exiting the house. You can also block his access to doors with baby gates or keeping the dog behind a closed door. 

  • Make sure everyone in the household is on the same page. Everyone should know how to prevent the dog from dashing out the door and to not leave the dog unsupervised in the yard.

  • Make sure your dog has a collar and tags with your updated information and that the microchip is registered to you. 

  • Train some safety behaviors like waiting to go through doorways and a strong recall. Contact the behavior@utahhumane.org for guidance.

What To Avoid

  • Do not leave unsupervised outside or give access to the yard through a dog door.

  • Do not rely on an invisible fence or electric fence to keep your dog contained.