You’re bored because your West Highland White Terrier keeps running away all the time. Not only is it annoying to have to look for him all the time, but more importantly, you are afraid that he will be crushed or lost… Don’t panic, you will see with this post that there are solutions to stop your West Highland White Terrier from running away.
Preventing a West Highland White Terrier from running away – what not to do
Your West Highland White Terrier runaway – Never beat or punish him
Whatever the cause:
- to go elsewhere,
- need to hunt,
- attraction to a female or male,
- as the case may be because he’s bored or for any other reason….
you should never punish or beat your West Highland White Terrier for running away. He will not understand why you are punishing him and your reaction will have no positive effect. On the contrary, by creating a conflict, you may motivate him to leave again…
Your West Highland White Terrier runaway – Do not lock him up or attach him
Are you afraid that your West Highland White Terrier will run away again and therefore prefer to leave it inside your home while having a garden?
This is not the right solution because your dog will be better off outside and may be unhappy inside, especially if he has not been used to it since he was a puppy. It can become destructive and attack your furniture, your shoes….
Similarly, don’t attach your West Highland White Terrier to prevent it from leaving!
Not only will you mistreat your pet because that will make him really unhappy, but it will also have the opposite effect. Indeed, if you tie him at the end of a chain, he will want to escape even more….
Preventing a West Highland White Terrier from running away – what to do
Your West Highland White Terrier runaway – You’ ll have to educate him
Here are some tips so that your West Highland White Terrier stays at home and doesn’t want to go elsewhere:
- Try to make him love his territory by playing with him regularly in your garden;
- To keep him from getting bored, you’ll have to leave him enough toys to scatter in the garden when you leave;
- Take your West Highland White Terrier out regularly so that it can let off steam. The ideal will be to walk him daily but when you work, it’s a little complicated… so, you’ll have to take him out as often as possible at least on weekends..;
- When you leave, leave him a full Kong so he won’t be anxious about the separation. You will have to get your West Highland White Terrier used to your absence gradually leaving him with his Kong for 1 hour to start, then 3 hours, then 5 hours, etc…
- If your West Highland White Terrier systematically runs away to join females in heat, castration may be a solution if nothing else works.
Your West Highland White Terrier runaway – Put a good fence in place
A good closure is a simple and effective solution. If your fence is a little “light”, I advise you to build fences high enough and strong enough to withstand your West Highland White Terrier.
Your West Highland White Terrier runaway – Wireless dog collar fence system
If it is not possible to effectively fence your entire property, you may be interested in a virtual fence solution.
The principle is simple. A zone is previously defined as authorized for your West Highland White Terrier. And when your dog, equipped with his sensor collar tries to leave this area, the system will alarm him by emitting an alert noise or an electrostatic stimulation.
We advise you to choose the:
PetSafe Wireless Dog and Cat Containment System
The PetSafe collar is one of the best system that can be ordered on the Internet. This collar will automatically activate an audible warning signal when your West Highland White Terrier approaches the security perimeter too close. If your West Highland White Terrier is stubborn, this collar will trigger a static electrostatic stimulation that is safe for your dog.
This equipment includes, among other things, an adjustable nylon receiver collar with 4 adjustable levels of static stimulation, 1 vibration option and 1 sound signal mode.
Product very well rated on the internet. The comments are excellent. They confirm that this type of collar and installation is effective and works well on their dog. Dogs quickly understand the perimeter limits and therefore respect the forbidden places.
A West Highland White Terrier owner says his dog shook the first week because he didn’t know the limits and then quickly got used to it and hasn’t escaped since. It is like on a fenced field and does not approach the limits.
Finally, one user explained that she appreciated the good price/quality ratio.
Your West Highland White Terrier runaway – GPS tracker for dogs
A GPS tracker? YES, it can help you if you have already done everything, education, fencing, kong… but your West Highland White Terrier still manages to escape.
Indeed, this equipment will be very practical to find it if your West Highland White Terrier systematically runs away from your home, your holiday destination or even during a hike…
This is the most efficient and cheapest system:
Tractive 3G Dog GPS Tracker
Thanks to the GPS Tractive location device, you can check the location of your dog on your smartphone or on a computer at any time. Your dog’s position is displayed in real time on a digital map. You can monitor it at any time and always know where your West Highland White Terrier is. And if he ran away, you’ll know where to find him!
Attention, just like for telephones, this system is associated with a subscription.
All opinions indicate that it is a very good product. They point out that it is a reliable GPS, that its installation is simple and that it is very easy to start up. The usefulness of this GPS is mainly mentioned in the comments. Example of a person who, since his purchase, no longer stresses as before when his West Highland White Terrier escapes because he knows she will get it back!
A user confirms that the location is very accurate thanks to real-time tracking and metre accuracy.