Ten million pets wander away from their homes every year, according to American Humane estimates. Sadly, not all of them return home.
1. Use Collars and Identification Tags
If your Bull Terrier never travels farther than your backyard, an ID tag may seem unnecessary. Although your dog may seem perfectly content to sit near the open door while you bring in the groceries or check the mail, that may not always be the case. One day, your furry friend might make a mad dash out the door to investigate an unfamiliar animal or flee after being scared by a loud noise.
Your lost dog has a much higher chance of being reunited with you if it wears a collar with an ID tag. The tag should include your Bull Terrier name, and your name, address, and telephone number. If your dog accompanies you on vacation, buy tags that list your temporary address.
Replace the collar when it becomes worn or no longer fits your dog correctly. If the collar fits properly, you should be able to slide no more than two or three fingers underneath.
2. Make Sure Your House and Yard Are Secure
Regular inspections of your home and yard will help you identify possible escape routes. Check fences for holes, broken slats, or leaning posts. If digging is your dog’s favorite hobby.
Invisible fences may not always keep your Bull Terrier in your yard, as some dogs may risk a momentary shock to cross the fence line. Keep in mind that invisible fences are designed to keep your dog in your yard but don't prevent other animals from entering.
During your inspection, look for loose or torn window or door screens. A determined dog can quickly enlarge a small hole in a screen. Doors and gates that don't latch properly are another potential danger.
3. Keep Bull Terrier Safe When Strangers Are in the House
Dogs may be more likely to become lost when contractors, delivery people, and other strangers walk in and out of your house. Skittish doggies may feel threatened by strangers and be more likely to bolt.
For safety's sake, put your bull terrier in a quiet room and close the door if you're doing a little work on your house or expecting a delivery. Provide your furry friend with a few toys, food, and water.
4. Microchip Your Bull Terrier
Micro-chipping your dog offers a simple way to increase the chances that your dog will return home if lost. Rice-sized microchips placed just under your Bull Terrier's skin contain codes that can be read with scanners at a veterinarian's office or humane society. The numerical code is linked to your contact information in the micro-chipping company's registry. The registry is only helpful if it contains current information. Be sure to update your contact details if you move.
Although microchips are a remarkably effective tool, you'll still need to use a collar and ID tag. If someone in your neighborhood finds your dog, he or she probably won't have a scanner.
5. Use Leashes
Leashes are a must if you'll be visiting the veterinarian's office or venturing outside your home with your dog. Even the calmest Bullies can become agitated when exposed to the sights, smells, and sounds at the vet's office.
6. Obedience Train Your Dog
Dogs that respond to sit, stay, wait, come, and other commands may be less likely to wander or take off after a rabbit during your walks around your neighborhood. Training also teaches your Bull Terrier the appropriate way to behave around people and other animals.