Escape Artist

Escaping is a serious problem for both you and your dog, as it could have tragic consequences. If your dog is running loose, they are in danger of being hit by a car, being injured in a fight with another dog, or being hurt in a number of other ways. Additionally, you’re liable for any damage or injury your dog may cause and you may be required to pay a fine if they are picked up by an animal control agency. In order to resolve an escaping problem, you must determine not only how your dog is getting out, but also why they are escaping.

Why Dogs Escape

Social Isolation/Frustration. Your dog may be escaping because they are bored and lonely if:


We recommend expanding your dog’s world and increasing their “people time” in the following ways:

Fears and Phobias

Your dog may be escaping in response to something they are afraid of if they escape when exposed to loud noises, such as thunderstorms, firecrackers, or construction sounds.


Separation Anxiety

Your dog may be escaping due to separation anxiety if: Factors that can precipitate a separation anxiety problem:


Separation anxiety can usually be resolved using counter-conditioning and desensitization techniques (see our resource Separation Anxiety).

How Dogs Escape

Some dogs jump fences, but most actually climb them, using some part of the fence to push off. A dog may also dig under the fence, chew through the fence, learn to open a gate, or use any combination of these methods to get out of the yard. Knowing how your dog gets out will help you to modify your yard. However, until you know why your dog wants to escape, and you can decrease their motivation for doing so, you won’t be able to successfully resolve the problem.

Recommendations for Preventing Escape



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