5 Tips for Finding Your Lost Dog

5 Tips for Finding Your Lost Dog

No one wants to see their dog go missing, and to help keep it from happening, check out our blog for tips on preventing it happen in the first place. However, sometimes these things just happen, despite all your hard work and good intentions. One minute you’re calling your dog to go for a walk, the next minute you’re staring at an empty backyard. If you want to skip the hassle and heartache of a lost dog, then follow these steps to get your pal home as quickly as possible:

Start Immediately

If you’ve been keeping a close eye on your dog, then there is a good chance that they haven’t had time to get too far. Many times your dog will just be checking out a new smell a block or two down the street. You can save yourself a lot of time and worry if you can pick up your dog before they get too far.

Bring Some Treats

Your dog is probably pretty wrapped up in its exciting new experience, so it might not be as receptive to your calls as it is usually is. Some delicious doggie treats can go a long way to bringing your puppy home.

Spread the Word

Let your neighbors and any friends or family you may have in the area know that your dog is wandering on his own. You would be surprised how much quicker your dog will be found if just a few more people have their eyes peeled. Contact your local animal shelter and veterinarian and give them your dog’s description, as well.

Create a Poster

It’s easy to print out some posters to hang with your contact information and a picture of your pooch. Just make sure his or her name is clearly printed on the poster and you provide the most up-to-date image of your dog as possible. Put the posters up around your neighborhood and any nearby areas with heavy foot traffic. You can announce a reward, but don’t specify the amount. If it’s high, people might think the dog is valuable and try to sell it if they find it. Too low and they might not bother looking.

Don’t Give Up!

Even if your dog has been gone for a couple of days, they might just be on an extended route home. Dogs have excellent homing instincts, but that doesn’t mean that yours isn’t taking the scenic route. As long as your dog has a collar with tags or a microchip, you have a very good chance of getting them back. If it has been a few days with no sign, broaden your search parameters and start contacting shelters outside of your immediate area. Just keep up the search, and in most cases you will be rewarded with a wagging tail.

Losing a dog can be heartbreaking for pet owners. If it happens to you, you want to be prepared to do all you can to get your pal home quickly and safely. Following these tips and staying positive will go a long way towards getting your dog back home. If you have any other tips for finding a lost dog, share them with us in the comments below!

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