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10 Tips for “Houndini” Proofing Your Home

1 . Pay attention to your dog’s behavior. Are they a jumper? Digger? Known flight risk?

2. Check doors. Make sure all doors close tightly and are secure.

3. Beware of screen doors and screens on windows. Screens do not prevent pets from escaping in the long term. Screens can also be hazardous if you have a cat or dog that’s like to lean or jump on them.

4. Check fences for holes and take note of how high your fence is--especially if your dog is known jumper. Also, look for anything that they could stock-pile to help themselves over the fence.

5. Do routine checks of the back yard. Fences aren’t the only route for backyard escape.

6. Consider installing “baby gates” and keeping your pooch separated from what could be possible escape routes --such as the front door. This is especially important if you have a lot of guests coming in out of your home.

7. Examine your pet’s favorite hiding spots or places that they have taken special interests in.

8. If all else fails make sure they have a visible ID tag with current emergency contact information. If for some reason your pet does escape make sure that they have a way to make it back home.

9. If your dog is a known escape artist inform your guests before they arrive. This way they’ll know to take special precautions.

10. Always make sure you know where your pet is before you leave and when you come home. The sooner you notice that a pet is missing, the sooner you can work on getting them back home.