Pets are trying to escape 2020 too
In case you weren't aware, our pets are also trying to escape the year 2020.
In all seriousness, it is an issue that some of our pets like to try and escape your care. It is good practice to be on your toes and on the lookout for some behavioral trends that your dog or cat may display. Below are some tips to help with preventing that pesky pet escape artist.
Enter the door slowly - If you know that your pet has a serious desire to get outside, enter your home slowly. Open the door a little bit, put a hand down to help prevent them from sneaking through, and then close the door quickly behind you while locking it to ensure they don't try and put a paw on the handle. Yes, believe it or not, some dogs and cats are clever enough to put a paw on the door handle to open the door.
Be alert - look for the pets in windows when you arrive, if possible, and lock the door behind you. Our cat sitters will look out for this while cat sitting, in particular. The same goes for dog sitting.
Check the property line/fence for escape areas - When you're outside and spending time with the dog in the yard, check the property line. It's a good habit to be aware of areas that may be vulnerable or susceptive to escape. Some dogs have exceptional "hops" and can leap over a fence line too.
Plan your dog walk with safety in mind - Always have a strong grip on a leash, even if the dog is a teeny little tyke who weighs less than 20 pounds. A dog walker will know - They may try and dart away from you into the street, a yard, or just to escape. Ensure the leash grip is tight, that it's attached properly to the dog, and that your walking route is obstacle-free. While your phone should be with you, you should not be on it so that it can be ensured your perceptivity and awareness are at peak levels.
Know what commands are acceptable for your pet - Most dogs will obey certain commands. "sit" "stay" "come" "leave it" are a few examples that are mainstreamed. As a pet sitter, we ask and will know what commands are acceptable for your pet so you can ensure you're on the same page with them.
As a professional pet sitter, I've become learned and accustomed to certain pets who love to try and escape. Above were some tips that we hope help you out.
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Disclaimer: Picture below is of a client who is NOT an escape artist. Just a cute pet.