What can you do to find your lost dog?
There is nothing more horrible than losing your dog and unfortunately it is quite common, even with non-runaway companions. Here are some tips to prepare and face this difficult ordeal if necessary.
Before getting into the heart of the matter, I would just like to clarify a very important point with you ! Don’t think that those who lose their dogs are irresponsible or novice owners, this can happen to anyone, even to owners who have the best dogs on earth.
During which distractions can you lose your dog?
In general, this kind of event happens very often when you don’t expect it. For example, when a cat or rabbit appears out of nowhere during a family outing or when a female dog is in heat a few miles from your home. You have a lot of natural distractions and none should be underestimated.
So how do you anticipate?
The best remedy to anticipate the loss of your dog is prevention and it starts with education (recall, walking on a leash…), you must educate your dog from a young age.
Do not try to keep your dog constantly tied up on a leash, this is not a life for him. Moreover, if you choose the easy option, your pet will live in a restricted world, which will considerably harm his balance. Imagine for a moment the emotional shock if your parents held your hand for life without letting go. You will agree that this practice is unthinkable and it is exactly the same for your faithful four-legged friend.
you must educate your dog from a young age
It is vital for your dog to be able to blossom, to run, to play with other dogs etc… It is not a simple living stuffed animal that you have at the end of the leash but a being that feels emotions… so behave as a responsible master!
Despite his education, I lost my dog !
I can understand that it is not easy to keep your cool when you lose your dog but it is essential to do so. Some people don’t know how to react anymore, others let themselves be completely overwhelmed by panic. Here are some simple but effective actions that I suggest you take if you have lost your dog:
Your dog has escaped from the house
If you live in a house and your dog has gone under the fence to escape, try to alert all the neighbors in your neighborhood.
Make sure you leave someone with a cell phone in front of your house to report his return home.
As for you, take a bicycle, which is very practical for getting around, and go looking for him without forgetting to call him constantly.
You have lost your dog during a walk
If you are out walking and your dog suddenly goes off behind a deer, rabbit or whatever, stay put, put your hands on a megaphone and shout your dog’s name over and over again. There is no point in running after him, not only will you get exhausted very quickly, but you will also lose the place where you were at the start.
The best technique is to stay put, your dog may come back on his own ! If not, call your family and friends and explain the situation to them in great detail, without forgetting the local police and the veterinarian (emergency service at night at worst).
If, despite the number of hours you have waited on the spot, you do not notice any presence of your dog, leave your jacket with your scent on the ground because it is very likely that your dog will come back and settle on it.
Who to alert to find your lost dog ?
Thanks to today’s technology, the telephone has become an indispensable tool for all of us because you can call anyone at any time. Here are the people you need to contact :
- First, mobilize all your relatives (family, neighbors…) who can really help you find your dog, no need to call those who can’t.
- Secondly, alert the police and associations.
- Then, contact your veterinarian and explain your case, and finally the nearest shelters and pounds in your area.
I have followed all the possibilities but nothing works !
It is quite logical to despair after several days of intense research, however there is a trick that has proven its worth, it consists in deploying in strategic places (lamp posts, shops, dog parks …) dozens of ads with a catchy title, a recent photo of your dog and a small description.
Why not also offer a reward to the person who returns the dog, shelters it etc…
Chances are that if you are reading these lines, you have unfortunately lost your pet. We hope that these tips will help you to find it quickly.
And if you also have additional tips to add to this article, leave us a message in the comments.