Losing a pet is every dog parent’s fear, and something no one should have to experience. July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month, so here are 4 things you can do to prevent you from losing your dog.

1. Microchip

Microchipping your dog is the most effective way of being reunited with your dog. Microchips are tiny(about the size of a grain of rice)devices that can be tracked via GPS, and hold important information like a pet’s address and parent’s contact. A veterinarian implants a microchip underneath an animals skin in a procedure that is quick and painless!

2. Update Your Dog’s ID Tag

In case you get separated from your dog, make sure they have an updated ID tag attached to their collar. Have your phone number and any other important information on the tag, like if your pet is on any medications.

3. Keep Your Dog On-Leash While Out

Having your dog on a strong leash is your first line of defense while you are walking them. Even if your dog is extra good and won’t leave your side, walking your dog off-leash can still be dangerous. In a big city full of loud noises, there are plenty of sounds that can spook a dog into darting away from you or worse, into street traffic. Make sure your dog’s leash is securely attached to their collar or harness. For extra strong pullers, try double-leashing. Learn more about getting the right collar for your dog here.

4. Teach Them The “Come” and “Stay” Command

If all else fails, teaching your dog the “come” and “sit” commands will work as a last resort. When teaching your dog any new command, use an incentive like their favorite treat, and positive reinforcement. Try Chewy’s “How to Teach a Dog to Stay: A Step-by-Step Guide“.

You can also have your dog trained the “come” and “stay” commands at Dog City! Basic commands such as these are taught and reinforced to dogs who attend Dog City’s Daycare program.