There are many different reasons why a dog would run away. They may have spotted something to chase, are looking for a mate, or possibly just looking for fun. If your Houdini of a dog likes to perform disappearing acts, then there is some good tech out there to help train and keep them safe.
A tracking collar, like the Garmin Alpha 100 Dog Tracking GPS Combo, is a collar with a GPS inside it. The GPS allows you to always know right where your dog is. Some collars even come with training features such as bark detection and vibrating. The collars have a sturdy build, so if the dog runs under a fence, or in a thicket of briars the collar isn’t likely to be pulled off. These collars are a good training device for dogs that have to run without a leash or fence, like hunting and police dogs.
Tracking collars are also good tech to keep tabs on a pet that likes to go where it shouldn’t. The vibrating feature could be a good training tool to help the pup learn to get back on track when it starts to wander off. The barking detection could be useful if you are trying to train your pup not to bark so much.
A GPS collar could be good at keeping tabs on your four-legged friend, but it might be better to keep an eye on the puppy yourself. A training whistle might help get the dogs attention if it starts to wander too far away. The dogs will look around to see where the sound is coming from. While it might get his attention, that is only one part of the training. When the dog returns back, be sure to reward it. The reward will teach your pet that when they hear the whistle it means to come back to their owner.
A dog whistle comes in a variety of ranges from those that you can hear to ultrasonic. Ultrasonic dog whistles are used for working dogs because they can hear higher frequencies than the prey they hunt or herd. Ultrasonic whistles may also be good because they do not annoy your friends, neighbors, or family. The whistles should be used consistently to train the dogs. Overuse of the whistle can cause the dog to become nervous, angry or apathetic. It should never be blown directly in the ears of a dog.
If you do not have the time to train a dog with a whistle than another option may be an electric fence. An electric fence is a wire that you bury under the ground. It will give a shock by the collar the dog wears if it is crossed. You collaborate the shocks according to the size of the dog, so the dog does not get harmed. The shock catches the dogs attention and makes them stop. Before the dog gets close to the wire, there is usually an alarm that sounds, or the collar vibrates to warn the dog they are getting to close. An electric fence is also often cheaper than other types of fencing.
When you go to get an electric fence to be sure to pick one that does not force you to lay the wires in a square or circle pattern. There are electric fences that are flexible on where you put them. It will allow you to put better boundaries on where you want your dog to go, since not every yard is a perfect square. It is also a good idea to look for an electric fence with a backup battery. If something goes wrong with the battery of the electric fence, then there is no electric fence. It is also good to check the battery of the fence every time you let the dog out.
Another feature you will want to consider is interference. Electric fences range from low to high interference. You will want the fence to meet the needs of your yard, and the dog.
Here are three solutions for helping a dog that likes to wander: train a dog with a GPS collar, use a training whistle, or you can use an electric fence to help keep your dog safe and where you want them to be.