You can hear Roxy snoring from the next room.
You take this chance to make a stealthy escape. Just as you shut the door behind you, she makes a mad dash for it… Fortunately you make it out in time.
If this scenario sounds uncomfortably close to home, you know what it means to live with a pet who is always trying to escape. It’s a behavior that not only causes pet owners anxiety but puts the pet at risk of running out of the house right into a dangerous situation, like a moving car.
But there is hope, according to Laura Garber, Pennsylvania SPCA’s manager of behavior and enrichment, who is certified as a professional dog trainer, an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator and cat behavior counselor. She offers some advice in dealing with door dashers:
The Honest Kitchen: What are the effects of this behavior for pet owners?
Laura Garber: It is very upsetting to owners because it makes it very challenging for them to keep their pets safe. It can also be costly because pets can get injured as a result, either hurting themselves during the escape itself or at risk of injury by people, other animals, and traffic once outside.
THK: What kind of escape artists are there?
Laura Garber: There are door dashers, but also dogs can escape yards by jumping or climbing over the fence, dogs with separation or arousal issues may jump through a window.
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