As dog owners, we want our dogs to be happy, healthy and safe. Fortunately, we can reduce the likelihood of terrible stuff from happening to our beloved fur babies by ensuring their safety.
Here are a few tips on how to do that:
Spay or Neuter Your Dog
If you really want to ensure the safety of your pet dog, spaying or neutering your puppy should be at the top of your list.
Spaying or neutering solves a lot of issues.
Firstly, it helps prevent the overpopulation of dogs, which is a very serious issue here in Australia.
You see, many dogs end up in pounds and shelters, and most of them end up being euthanized. In order to prevent that, the Federal Government of Australia requires the compulsory spaying or neutering of all dogs for pet owners who aren’t registered breeders.
Second of all, spaying or neutering improves the behaviour of both male and female dogs.
For male dogs, spaying them makes them less likely to try and escape your home with the goal of finding a female dog to mate with. Spaying essentially kills their urge to do that, reducing the likelihood of them getting lost or hurt while seeking a mate.
For female dogs, spaying reduces the risk of certain illnesses and saves you the trouble of having to deal with aggressive males who want to mate with them.
Register Your Dog
Ensuring the safety of your dog also means that you need to have some kind of safety precaution for when he/she gets lost or stolen.
Here in Australia, pet registration is a process that every dog or cat owner must undergo.
- they are over eight weeks old.
- they have been kept in the ACT for 28 days or more.
- the dog’s keeper has been a resident of the ACT for 28 days or more.
The mandatory pet registration process includes implanting a grain-sized microchip beneath the animal’s skin, right between the shoulders.
The microchip contains a unique identification number (usually 15 digits) that, when scanned with a reader by a vet or shelter, reveals essential information about the pet’s owner.
So if ever your dog gets lost or stolen and loses its collar in the process, it’s likelier to find its way back home when it’s registered and microchipped.
Get a Dog Tag
Though registering and microchipping your dog helps with identity verification when your lost or stolen dog loses its collar, dog tags make it easier for a dog to be identified should it go stray or missing while its collar is still intact.
The dog tag should contain your dog’s name, your phone number on the dog tag. This is so that it would be easier for the person who finds your dog to reach you immediately, regardless of where you are, and also so that your dog won’t have to be sent to the dog pound.
Use Fences to Secure Your Yard
Most dogs love to go out of the house and chill in the yard, but some active dog breeds won’t be contented with your yard space and will try their hardest to escape. But in most cases, dogs don’t really want to leave the yard and just accidentally find their way out of it.
Either way, anything might happen to your dog if it manages to escape. So the best you can do is to secure the yard.
Install fences around your property to make sure that your dog is safely contained in the yard, but not just any fence. Dog-proof fences do a great job at containing dogs within an area.
If your dog is large and active, get a taller fence to keep him from jumping over. And if it’s a smaller dog breed, a simple picket fence will do.
Lastly, if your dog loves to tunnel its way to freedom, you can install a fence that goes below ground level. That way, no matter how skilled your dog is at digging, it won’t be able to escape.
Alternatively, you can attach a chain-link fence or chicken wire at the base of the fencing, which you can bury if you’re worried about it ruining the aesthetics of your yard.
Aside from ensuring the safety of your dog through fences, dog tags, and microchips, you can also ensure your beloved doggo’s safety through exercise.
Like humans, dogs need exercise for them to be physically and mentally healthy.
If it’s an active dog breed, it would require regular exercise. Depriving it of its required physical activity would have negative consequences to both its health (obesity) and behaviour.
How does lack of exercise affect behaviour?
You see, exercise helps reduce behavioural problems in dogs. These include chewing, licking, and other behaviours related to anxiety. You cannot say that your dog is safe if it has potentially destructive behaviours, right?
And even if it’s a dog breed with a laidback personality, exercising with it from time to time is encouraged to keep it from being obese, which is one of the most common health concerns in dogs.
Follow these tips and you’ll be able to protect your pup and ensure its safety here in Australia.