These suggestions are listed in no particular order.
I suggest that you try to cover as many bases as soon as possible.
If you'd like to add to this list, please contact me.
Keep recent clear photos on hand for all dogs. At least one
front view and one side view of each dog.
- Avoid using show photos since people may be more inclined to ask for a reward if they feel your dog is valuable (or it may tempt them to keep the dog because he is a "winner")!
Take pictures of all your dogs TODAY and have the film developed on to disc so that in case of escape you can quickly print flyers which include a picture of your dog.
Have your dogs tattooed and/or microchipped for permanent identification and proof of ownership. REGISTER the tattoo or chip number with a lost/found organization to assist in faster locating of your pet.
Keep all vet, registration, microchip, tattoo and licensing information in order and in one place.
Create a plan of back up help in case something unexpected happens to you. Who will know to make sure the dogs are fed that first day/night of chaos while you are searching for a lost dog or are detained and unable to make it home.
Set up a frequent routine for checking the restraint/containment
system for your dog family.
--If you have a kennel or fenced yard, check for signs of wear or tunneling.
--If your dog exercises on a run, check the entire length for wear.
--Check your dog(s) collars and leashes for signs of wear and weakness.
Walk your dogs frequently so the neighborhood develops an awareness of you and your dogs. A little bit of good will goes a loooooong way in getting an escaped Siberian returned home quickly.
When walking your dogs, use two collars on them. Attach the leash to the collar that DOES NOT have identification on it. If the dog slips a collar (Huskies are GOOD at this), s/he still has the collar with identification on his or her neck. It won't prevent the actual escape, but it will help if it happens.
If you see one of your neighbors' dogs loose, try to return the pet to his owners and tell them how anxious your Siberian Huskies were to meet their pet. Make a reference to where your home is located. This establishes goodwill AND lets that neighbor know that you own Siberians. If your dog gets loose, THAT grateful neighbor may be the one to bring YOUR dog home.
Introduce yourself to your neighbors, let them know that it is NEVER okay for your Siberian to be running loose and to please contact you immediately if they see a loose Siberian.
If you are considering a kennel or fencing, invest in some that is six feet high, lower fences will be child's play and most likely useless to agile Siberians! Also, prevent digging at the perimeter of the fence by using railroad ties, buried fencing, or concrete blocks. Concrete patio blocks are an effective and portable solution to the concrete slab for a kennel run. (Prevention items usually cost less too compared to major vet bills).
Do not put your trust in the invisible fence systems available on the market. Most Siberian Huskies will be through that jolt and gone in a heartbeat AND prevented from returning home because they'll get the shock at a slower speed on their return trip when they are tired. And don't forget that power outages do occur, what happens if your invisible fence looses power while your 'just at the store for a few minutes!"
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For additional sites related to Siberian Huskies, I suggest the links page of Barkarian Kennels and/or the Working Dog Web page.