I am so sorry for the loss of your pet; no matter how we lose them, it is never easy.
After reading your story though, I thought I would share some advice with you and all the readers, so we can prevent this in the future.
Leashes and fences are tools to help you be able to safely confine your pet while you walk, or while in the yard. They are training tools and backup; they should not be considered your primary source of control over your pet.
Training is the only way to ensure complete control over your pet Ã so that even if you drop the leash or it comes unhooked from where you tied it, the training you instilled in the dog is still there. Even for a family companion, a solid recall (come when called) is an absolute must. And if you train only one command, this should be it.
All dogs need rules, boundaries and limitations set out for them from puppyhood. They need consistency in these three things, so they can learn what is acceptable and what is not. Training also works the dogs’ minds and provides the mental stimulation that is often lacking. Training is also the best way to bond with your dog and allows you to solidify your relationship with your dog by doing it just a few minutes every day.
If you have complete control over your dog Ã no matter the situation Ã then you have less to worry about when you are out and about with your dog. If your dog is not in the road and is walking with you, you won’t have to worry about speeding cars. You can’t always control what is going on around you (speeding cars, unfriendly dogs, wildlife) but your dog counts on you to keep them safe Ã so by training them you have a better chance of ensuring their safety.
Again, I am so sorry that you had to lose your pet in such a devastating way. I hope the memories of your dog will always be with you.