SEARCHING FOR YOUR LOST DOG
If your dog has ran away from home there is a good chance your pet has not made it too far away. Search your immediate area and gradually expand outwards. If possible ask friends and family members to help with the initial search. Do not hesitate to ask your acquaintances or your neighbors for their help in the search. If they are unwilling to help you, ask them if they can contact to if they happen to see your lost dog.
If you have recently moved in, your lost dog does not yet know the limits of their surroundings. In their eagerness to explore their surroundings your dog can end up lost. It is possible that your dog can return to where it was originally lost. If possible leave an object with your scent and come regularly. Dog’s have an amazing sense of smell and that could be use in your search for your lost dog. If you are lucky, your dog could be lingering by the object your placed. Also if you are able, try to leave him food and water with the object.
FLIERS AND POSTERS FOR MISSING DOG
Create fliers and posters with the picture of your pet and your phone number. If you lost dog is chipped, be sure to explicitly state in the flier or poster that your dog has been chipped. Ensure that your contact information on the microchip is up to date!
Place the fliers and posters wherever and everywhere you can in your neighborhood. Try to put up fliers close to schools in your neighborhood. Children tend to be more aware of lost dogs and cats than adults.
PLACES TO CHECK
Here are some places, organizations and people who could help you in your effort to find your lost dog:
- Vets and Veterinarian Clinics: these are the best places to check regularly; especially if your lost dog is chipped because the veterinarian can scan the chip to retrieve the contact information from the chip. As stated in the previous step, its crucial to always have your contact information up to date
- Animal Control Service, animal shelters and animal welfare associations.
- Convenience Stores: Convenience stores can be a solid source of information since there is a steady flow of people coming and in out. It is likely that someone could have seen your lost dog. Also ask the staff of the convenience stores if you can put up posters!
- Postal Worker, Landscaper, Pool Cleaner: It is possible that these workers could have some information on your lost dog since they tend to work outdoors. Be sure to ask them if they have seen your pet and if they can contact you if they happen to find your lost dog.
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WHAT DO I DO IF MY DOG IS LOST?
Have you or someone you know lost your dog? Although it’s very stressful and scary, try not to panic. Keeping a cool head will give you the best chance of finding your furry friend. So, take a deep breath and follow these steps to help you find your lost dog.
How Can I Find My Lost Dog?
First things first: retrace your steps to find your lost dog. Go back to all the places you’ve just been and/or usually go with your dog. Your pooch isn’t likely to have gone far; they probably just sniffed something interesting and wandered off to investigate. Once they realize you’re gone, they’ll try to return to somewhere they know. Dogs are creatures of habit, after all. And most lost dogs are found within a two-mile radius of where they went missing.
Enlist the help of friends, family, and neighbors. Ask someone to stay at your house in case your lost dog goes back there. The rest of you spread out and canvas the neighborhood. Visit your local dog park and walk the paths you usually take with your pooch. Take some treats with you as well as your dog’s favorite squeaky toy, and call out their name loudly and clearly as you go.
How Do I Get My Lost Dog Back?
Next, it’s important to alert your local rescue shelters, vets, and police station as soon as possible after you realize your dog is lost. They can help keep an eye out and contact you immediately if anyone brings your lost dog in. Provide them with as much information as you can think of: a recent photo of your lost dog; details of your dog’s collar or harness; interesting markings in your dog’s fur; the name your lost dog responds to best; whether or not your dog is chipped; etc.
How Do I Post About a Lost Dog on Facebook?
Finally, your best tool is already in your hand! The whole world is on social media these days, so creating a virtual “lost dog” poster is the best way to get the word out quickly. Use a recent photo and present the important information in a clear, concise manner. You will want to include: your name and phone number; your dog’s name, breed (if known), size, and weight; the place your dog was last seen. Consider offering a reward for finding your lost dog to encourage people to help you look.
Ask your family and friends to repost your lost dog post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Reddit. Use Boost by Pet Alert to help maximize the visibility of your lost dog post on Facebook. This system targets people who live in the neighborhood where your pet was lost, so even people who don’t follow you will see your lost dog ad.
Above all, be patient and stay hopeful and alert. Good luck! We hope you and your best friend are back together again soon 🐶
WHAT DO WHEN YOU FIND A LOST DOG?
Have you found a dog that seems lost? Lucky them! You’re clearly someone who wants to help. Check out our tips below to help you reunite the lost dog with its owner.
What Can I Do if I Find a Lost Dog?
If you think you’ve found a lost dog, be sure to approach it carefully. Don’t grab for the dog or make any sudden movements. In all likelihood, the lost dog is already very scared and the last thing you want to do is scare it away. Approach the lost dog slowly and carefully, paying close attention to its body language. You can make a scared dog feel more comfortable and relaxed by keeping your body turned to the side and looking away to appear less intimidating. If the dog seems okay with your presence, squat down next to it, open out a hand and let it sniff you. Only reach for the lost dog’s collar once you’ve established that it’s happy to have you near.
Now that you have it in hand, keep the lost dog safe and try not to let it run away again. Find something you can use as a makeshift leash. Decide whether you want to take the dog home with you while you try to contact the owner, or look for a nearby animal shelter to take it to. Either way, we don’t recommend that you let the lost dog interact with your own pets until it has seen a vet.
Can You Track a Lost Dog with a Microchip?
First, check the lost dog’s collar for a tag with the owner’s contact information. Hopefully, this is the end of the road for you and your new friend. If the contact info is clear and up to date, you should have the lost dog back with its owner in no time!
If the lost dog is found without a collar, or you don’t succeed in contacting the owner, it’s important to alert your local animal rescue shelters, vets, and police station as soon as possible after you find the lost dog. A vet will be able to scan the lost dog for a microchip, which contains a unique code with the dog’s details and may be able to help you find its owner.
How Do I Post About a Lost Dog on Social Media?
If you’re still having no luck, try making a virtual “dog found” poster to get the word out. Take a photo of the lost dog and post it alongside important information, such as your name and phone number, a description of the dog, and the location where you found the dog. Upload your “dog found” poster to your social media accounts.
Additionally, Boost by Pet Alert is a great tool that can help you boost the visibility of your dog found bulletin on Facebook. It widens your circle exponentially by targeting people who live in the neighborhood where you found the dog.
HOW FAR CAN A LOST DOG TRAVEL?
If you’ve lost your dog, we’re so sorry! And in all likelihood, your pooch is out there looking for you, too! Nonetheless, the question remains: How far can a lost dog travel in a day? The answer depends on a few different factors. Find out more below.
How Big is Your Lost Dog?
As a general rule, most lost dogs are found within a two-mile radius of where they went missing. This is because dogs are unlikely to run in a straight line for a long period, no matter how strong or fast they are. However, the size of your dog will greatly influence the distance they can travel in a day. Big dogs can cover more ground than small dogs, simply due to the length of their legs. A big lost dog may be able to run 5 miles or more, especially if it’s young and strong. Larger dogs also tend to have more energy and stamina than small companion or toy breed dogs, which means they may keep going for longer and end up running further away. A small lost dog, by comparison, may only be able to travel around half a mile before it gets tired.
What Breed is Your Lost Dog?
Although size is important, it’s not everything. Some breeds buck the size trend. For example, the Bernese Mountain Dog is very large in size, but much prefers to curl up on the couch than go out for a run. As such, if this breed of dog gets lost, it is more likely to be found close to home than a smaller hunting dog like the Beagle. On the other end of the spectrum, the Pomeranian is a tiny little spitz with an incredible amount of energy. Fearless and independent, despite its minute size, a lost dog like the Pomeranian could make it pretty far before even realizing it’s lost.
What Kind of Temperament Does Your Lost Dog Have?
Although most dogs within a breed present with similar characteristics, every dog is unique and has its own personality. So ask yourself, what kind of temperament does your lost dog have? Is your lost dog a homebody who loves to be close to you? Is your lost dog fearless and inquisitive with a tendency to run away? Or is your lost dog nervous and suspicious of strangers? These kinds of character traits will certainly affect how far your lost dog could have gotten. This information can also be useful to provide to your local rescue shelter, vet, and police station when you notify them about your lost dog. It helps people understand how to handle and approach your lost dog.
Finally, don’t forget that the best way to get the word out about your lost dog is by creating a virtual “lost dog” poster and sharing it on social media. You can also use Boost by Pet Alert to help increase the visibility of your Facebook post. Good luck!
WHAT DO YOU FEED A LOST DOG?
So you’ve found a lost dog and now you’re wondering what you can feed them while you try to contact the owner. How kind of you! If you’re a dog owner yourself, perhaps you already have some dog treats in your pocket. But if not, should you go out and buy dog food especially? Or do you already have something at home that’s safe to feed a lost dog? See our advice below.
Should I Give Water to a Lost Dog?
First and foremost, yes, do offer the lost dog some water. You have no way of knowing how long a lost dog has been out on its own, but it’s likely to be rather dehydrated. If you don’t have a dog bowl to hand, you can use almost any bowl as a makeshift water bowl for a lost dog. Just make sure the bowl is wide enough to comfortably fit the dog’s muzzle inside without brushing the edges and not too deep. Fill the bowl with cool, fresh water and leave it somewhere easily accessible to the lost dog. If the lost dog is scared and you want to encourage it to drink the water, try placing a few ice cubes in the bowl. Dogs are attracted to the movement created by ice cubes in water which, in turn, tempts them to drink.
What Foods are Safe to Feed a Lost Dog?
If you don’t have any dog food, there’s no need to run to the store. Dog food is generally sold in big bags and can be quite expensive. Instead, here are some foods that are perfectly healthy for a lost dog to eat, that you may already have at home:
- Green beans
- White rice
- Dairy products (e.g. natural yoghurt, milk, cheese) - in small quantities
- Fish (e.g. salmon, shrimp, tuna)
- White meat (e.g. chicken, pork, turkey)
- Green beans
Dogs can also eat most fruits, in moderation of course. The ideal amount of fruit for a dog is 20g for small and medium dogs and 50g for large dogs. These fruits are safe to feed to a lost dog:
- Apples and pears - make sure to remove the pips first!
- Watermelon - remove the rind and seeds
- Melon - remove the rind and seeds
Which Foods are Toxic to a Lost Dog?
Of course, some foods are toxic or dangerous for dogs and should be avoided at all costs. Never give any of these foods to a lost dog:
- Cold meats
- Chicken or rabbit bones (these are too small and could get stuck in the dog’s throat)
- Macadamia nuts
- Coffee or any form of caffeine
- Raisins and grapes
- Citrus fruits
- Onions, garlic, and chives
Tomatoes, leeks, spinach, cabbage, and legumes (peas, lentils, etc.) should only be given in moderation as these can cause digestive disorders. And you don’t want a lost dog with an upset stomach in your house!
DO DOGS GET SCARED WHEN LOST?
As all dog owners know, dogs are quite capable of feeling emotion, just like humans! And while your furry friend may appear happy-go-lucky most of the time, what will they feel if they end up lost and alone?
Do Lost Dogs Feel Scared?
Fear is one of the most ancient and useful emotions for any living creature. Fear is what drives the fight or flight response and, ultimately, saves lives. All dogs will feel fear to some extent once they realize they’re alone and can’t find their way home. This can manifest as pacing, panting, trembling, salivating, and attempting to hide. Scared dogs may also display fearful postures such as tucking their tail between their legs, pinning their ears back, rolling on their back, or shifting their weight backwards. Lost dogs with an already nervous and guarded temperament will feel this characteristic exacerbated by the distressing situation. They may run from people, hide in the shadows, and even display defensive aggression like snarling, snapping, and lunging. This can lead to lost dogs being mistaken for wild animals and make it harder to track them down.
What is Dog Survival Mode?
If lost for a long time, dogs can go into what’s known as “survival mode” in which they regress to their primal instincts. If this happens, your dog may forget who you are, temporarily or permanently. This is due to the loss of a hormone called serotonin in the body. Serotonin is a happy hormone that the body uses as a mood stabilizer. When the body’s serotonin level is suddenly depleted, due to the stress of a traumatic event like a dog getting lost, the short-term memory function is compromised. In survival or “feral mode”, a lost dog may forget all about its home and owners, and resort to searching for more basic needs like safety, food, water, and shelter (in order of priority). This means that no matter how well trained your dog is, if they have switched to survival mode, they may not come back to you when called.
How Do I Get a Lost Dog Out of Survival Mode?
Thankfully, dog survival mode is almost always temporary. Once a dog in survival mode has been found and captured, they usually return to their former personality. If you come across a dog that is displaying any of the behaviors mentioned above, approach it very carefully with your body turned to the side to appear less intimidating. Remain calm and positive, and keep your distance until the dog seems less concerned with your presence. Pay close attention to the lost dog’s body language and look for signals that indicate the dog is relaxing, such as a loose body and relaxed ears. The trick is to make the lost dog feel comfortable enough to approach you so that you can then keep it safe and satisfy its basic needs. This will hopefully lead to the lost dog coming out of survival mode and being reunited with its owner!
CAN A LOST DOG FIND ITS OWN WAY HOME?
We’ve all heard the miraculous, heartwarming tales of clever dogs who beat the odds to make their way home again. But how common is it? Are lost dogs really capable of finding their own way back to you?
Can Lost Dogs Smell Their Way Home?
Dogs are incredibly intelligent creatures with a keen sense of smell. Scientists estimate that a dog’s sense of smell is somewhere between 10,000 to 100,000 times more acute than a human’s! This plays a huge role in helping a lost dog find its way back home. Lost dogs will sniff around for familiar scents: plants, bushes, street corners, doormats, other animals, people, maybe even their favorite food! So, take some treats out with you when you’re canvassing the neighborhood searching for your lost dog, as well as their favorite stuffed animal - your dog might recognize the smell of these things before they hear you call their name.
How Do Lost Dogs Navigate Their Way Home?
Lost dogs can navigate their way home using magnetic fields. This sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s true! New research from the Czech University of Life Sciences shows that dogs are even smarter than we thought. A recent study performed over 600 trials with 27 different dogs equipped with GPS trackers and cameras. The dogs were set loose in the forest and tracked. In two-thirds of cases, the dogs behaved predictably and tracked their own scent back to where their masters stood. However, the remaining 30% did something unexpected. These dogs began their route by running a short distance along the north-south axis—even if they did not come from that direction—then returned to their masters via a completely different route than they had come. Researchers call this type of orienting run a “compass run”. They surmise it indicates that dogs are capable of detecting magnetic fields and using this ability to navigate their environment. These so-called compass runs allow lost dogs to get their bearings and then find the fastest way back. In fact, the dogs who took this approach got back much quicker than those who tracked scents.
How Can I Increase My Chances of Finding My Lost Dog?
So, while you’re out looking for your lost dog, ask someone to stay at your house in case your dog heads back there. Alert the police and your local rescue center to help you keep an eye out. Create an eye-catching lost dog poster and post it to all your social media accounts, like Facebook. Then use Boost by Pet Alert to help boost the visibility of your post to people in the area. Keep your phone fully charged and switched on in case anyone tries to contact you with news of your lost dog. And, most of all, be patient and try not to assume the worst. Sometimes it can take a while for your dog to make its way home to you. Good luck!
DO DOGS KNOW THEY ARE LOST?
If you’ve lost your dog, you’ll understandably be extremely worried about its well-being. But is your dog aware that it’s lost? Do dogs feel fear the same way we do? See our answers below.
How Do Dogs Get Lost?
Usually, dogs don’t intend to run off and leave you. They’ve simply smelled something interesting and gone off to explore. However, some dog breeds are more likely to run away than others, especially if they’re feeling lonely or neglected. Perhaps your dog scampered off to look for a playmate! Additionally, depending on the dog’s breed and temperament, it can take a while for a dog to realize it’s lost. For example, it could take a hunting dog, hot on the trail of prey, much longer than it would take a toy dog to realize it’s out on its own. You may be searching for your dog long before it’s looking for you. Eventually, though, all dogs will understand that they’re lost. The bond between dog and owner is just as important to your furry friend as it is to you!
Do Lost Dogs Feel Afraid?
All dogs feel scared and afraid to some extent once they realize they’re lost. But several factors can affect how each dog will react. Dogs who are generally more nervous and guarded may run away from people and hide in the shadows. This can make it harder to track them down. On the other hand, sociable, outgoing dogs who are unafraid of strangers, like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, will seek out humans to help and feed them. If a dog is lost for a long period and feels very scared, this can trigger its nervous system to go into “survival mode”. If this happens, your dog may forget who you are, temporarily or permanently, even if it is eventually found.
How Do I Prevent My Dog from Getting Lost?
Preventing your dog from getting lost starts at home. It’s important to make sure that all your dog’s needs are fully satisfied, so your pooch doesn’t feel bored or lonely and tempted to run away. When you’re out and about, keep your dog on a lead at all times unless you’re in an area you know to be fully secure, like a dog park. Training your dog to walk to heel and come back to you when you call is also very important, and can help prevent accidents.
To have the best chance of your dog being returned to you if it does get lost, consider getting it microchipped. A microchip is a tiny electronic device, about the size of a grain of rice, which contains a unique number. Each microchip number links to a database where the pet and owner’s details are recorded. Most vets and rescue shelters can scan a lost dog for a microchip to locate this information and contact the owner. Unfortunately, far too many dogs are put down each year, simply because their owner couldn’t be contacted.
HOW DO YOU FIND A LOST DOG IN THE WOODS?
It happens to the best of us; you let your pooch off the leash to sniff things to its heart’s content, and then suddenly you’ve lost track of the rascal! More often than not your furry friend is just around the next corner. But what if you completely lose track of your dog in the woods?
Can My Lost Dog Find Its Way Back to Me?
Your best bet is to stay put and let your dog find its way back to you. Dogs are incredibly smart and resilient animals with a naturally heightened sense of smell. Hunting and retriever dog breeds especially are renowned for their olfactory prowess. And this plays a crucial role in helping your lost dog find its way back to you. So, try not to panic or create any more confusion. Stay standing in the same spot where you last saw your dog, and wait patiently for it to sniff its way back to you.
In addition to their amazing scent tracking capabilities, lost dogs have another method of finding their way: dogs can navigate using magnetic fields! A recent study in Prague equipped dogs with GPS trackers and cameras and set them loose in a forest to track how they returned to their masters. In a surprising 30% of the 600 trial cases, the dogs did something completely unexpected. Instead of tracking their own scent back to their master (as did the two-thirds majority), they began their return route with a short “compass run” along the north-south axis, even if they did not come from that direction. Then, these dogs took a completely new route to get back to where their masters stood. Researchers believe that these compass runs indicate that dogs are capable of detecting magnetic fields and using this ability to navigate their environment. Hopefully, this means you won’t have to wait long for your clever clogs dog to find you!
What Do I Do if My Dog Goes Missing?
If you’ve waited a while and there’s still no sign of your lost dog, retrace your steps and walk back along the same route you took through the woods. Call out your dog’s name loudly and clearly as you go. If you’re with friends or family, spread out and canvas the woods. Ask passersby if they’ve seen your dog and consider exchanging numbers and asking them to keep an eye out. Don’t forget to keep your phone on loud!
Finally, if you finish your walk and you still haven’t found your furry friend, it’s important to alert your local rescue center, vet, and police station as soon as possible. Also, be sure to post about your lost dog on social media. Create a virtual “lost dog” poster using a recent photo of your pooch to get the word out quickly. And remember to maximize the visibility of your lost dog post on Facebook with the handy Boost by Pet Alert tool.
WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU FIND A LOST DOG WITHOUT A COLLAR?
If you find a lost dog without a collar, don’t assume it’s a stray. Maybe the dog doesn’t wear a collar at home and just slipped out from the back yard. Or perhaps the lost dog’s collar came loose and fell off while it was frantically trying to get home. Either way, it’s always best to assume a dog is lost and try to reunite it with its owner.
How Do You Approach a Lost Dog?
First of all, it’s important to act as calmly as possible around a lost dog. Lost dogs are likely to feel nervous and afraid and not sure who to trust. Move slowly and with care; don’t grab for the lost dog or make any sudden movements. Scared dogs may display anxious behaviors such as pacing, panting, shaking, drooling, or attempting to hide. Additionally, they could exhibit fearful postures such as tucking their tail between their legs, pinning their ears back, shifting their weight backwards, or rolling onto their back.
How Do You Comfort a Lost Dog?
Try to make the lost dog feel more comfortable and relaxed. You can do this by looking away to appear less intimidating, as well as keeping your body turned to the side instead of facing the dog head-on. Remain calm and positive and call out gently to the lost dog, while maintaining your distance. Look for physical signals to indicate that the dog is starting to relax, such as relaxed ears, open mouth, loose body, and loose, hanging tail. Once the lost dog starts to seem less concerned with—or even interested by—your presence, crouch down to its level. Reach out a hand for the dog to sniff, to indicate that you are not a threat.
How Do You Keep a Lost Dog Safe?
Now that the lost dog has gotten used to you, you want to secure it to keep it safe. Find something to use as a makeshift leash and, if you can, offer the lost dog some food and water. Finally, check the dog again for an ID tag; it may be that you missed something from a distance. Once you’re sure the dog has no ID, take it to your local vet or animal shelter to be scanned for a microchip. Almost all veterinary clinics and animal centers offer this service and have a scanner for this purpose.
If the lost dog does not have a microchip, alert the police in your area to let them know about the dog you found. They may already be on the lookout for the dog in question! Additionally, you can create a virtual “dog found” poster to get the word out. Ask people you know to repost your dog found post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Reddit. You can also help your dog found poster reach a wider range of people on Facebook with the Boost by Pet Alert tool.
WHAT DO DOGS DO WHEN THEY ARE LOST?
Depending on the breed, you may be searching for your dog long before it realizes it’s lost and starts looking for you. But what do dogs do once they recognize that they’re out on their own?
How Do Lost Dogs Behave?
Lost dogs behave differently depending on their breed, age, and temperament. Elderly or disabled dogs aren’t likely to get far, for example, and are usually found within 1 to 2 miles of their home. Dogs with a gregarious temperament will seek out humans to help and feed them, which may lead to them being rescued quicker. Purebred dogs are often deemed more attractive which also makes them more likely to be picked up. On the other hand, mixed-breed dogs could be mistaken for wild animals, especially if they are displaying fearful behaviors, such as running away from people or hiding in the shadows. Dogs with a nervous or aggressive nature may feel especially triggered by the traumatic situation. Upon realising they’re lost, these dogs may run in a blind panic and end up travelling quite far.
Nonetheless, no matter the breed or type, all dogs will eventually start to feel afraid once they realize they’re alone without access to food, water, and shelter. Some dogs can even go into “survival mode” which is a condition that causes a dog to regress to its most primal instincts. Dogs in survival mode will often seek out sheltered areas like woods or forests where they can avoid human contact. This can make it harder to track them down.
What Do I Do if I Find a Lost Dog?
If you come across a dog that appears to be scared or lost, be sure to approach it carefully. Make yourself appear less intimidating by moving slowly, keeping your body turned to the side, and looking away. Once you’ve established that the dog is okay with having you near, try and secure it to keep it safe. Find something you can use as a makeshift leash. Then, check the dog’s collar for a tag with the owner’s contact information.
How Do I Get the Word Out About a Lost Dog?
If you don’t succeed in contacting the owner, it’s important to alert your local animal rescue shelter, vet, and police station as soon as possible after you find a lost dog. A vet will be able to scan the lost dog for a microchip and hopefully help you contact the owner. Additionally, you can create a virtual “dog found” poster to get the word out. Since 2019, you can also use Boost by Pet Alert to help maximize the visibility of your dog found post on Facebook. This incredibly effective system targets people who live within 6 miles of the area where you found the dog, so even people who don’t follow you or the page will see your ad. It significantly increases the chances of the right person seeing your post and the lost dog being reunited with its owner.
WHY DO DOGS RUN AWAY?
Usually, dogs don’t run away to intentionally leave you. But some dogs, especially hunting dogs like the Beagle, are more prone to escaping than others. Find out why below.
Why Do Dogs Try To Escape?
There are a few main reasons why dogs tend to run away, especially while you’re out and about. If you’re walking in the woods, for example, and you let your pooch off the leash, it may wander off simply because it’s sniffed an intriguing scent. Some dogs have a very inquisitive nature! On the other hand, maybe your dog has spotted a potential mate and gone to make friends. Always keep a close eye on your pooch when off-leash. Additionally, don’t let your dog off the leash unless you’re certain it’ll come back when called.
If your dog escapes from the backyard, the reason why can seem more puzzling at first glance. Why would a dog escape if it has everything it needs at home? Unfortunately, the answer is that your dog might not actually have everything it needs. Have you accidentally left your pooch alone a little too long at the end of the garden? Has your dog run out of toys to play with? Left alone too long, all dogs are at risk of developing anxiety and even depression. Perhaps your furry friend was feeling bored and frustrated and has gone off in search of fun elsewhere. To prevent this, pay close attention to your dog’s behavior and be sure to spend more quality time with your pooch if you notice any troubling signs.
Finally, dogs sometimes run away because they feel scared. If there are loud noises in the area, like fireworks or a thunderstorm, your dog may try to hide. In fact, 20% of all dogs who go missing disappear for this reason.
What Do I Do If My Dog Has Escaped?
Once you realize your dog has escaped, try to figure out why. This could be the key to where your pooch has gone. A dog who has simply wandered off on a walk will generally try to find its way back to you. But a dog who has run off in fear will have likely gone somewhere to hide, such as underneath the furniture at the end of the garden or into the woods to avoid human contact.
Enlist the help of friends, family, and neighbors and canvas your neighborhood. Also, alert your local rescue shelter, veterinary clinic, and police station about your lost dog. They can help keep an eye out and contact you immediately if anyone brings your lost dog in. Finally, create a virtual “lost dog” poster and share it to all your social media accounts to get the word out quickly. Use Boost by Pet Alert to boost the visibility of your lost dog poster on Facebook. This fabulous tool specifically targets people within 6 miles of your area, which greatly increases the chances of you being reunited with your pup. Good luck!
WHAT DETERMINES OWNERSHIP OF A DOG?
The bond between a dog and its owner is a bond like no other. Dogs bring so much joy to our lives! But is it necessary to register your furry friend and acquire legal proof of ownership?
How Is a Dog Legally Yours?
When you adopt a pup, legal paperwork is probably not the first thing on your mind! You’re too excited to spend time playing with your furry new friend, receiving lots of cuddles and kisses, and, of course, uploading cute pics to Facebook! However, there are a few situations that may require you to prove ownership of your dog, for example, if your dog gets lost.
So, how can you prove you legally own your dog? First of all, if you buy a dog from a breeder, keep track of your adoption or purchase record. Store the original document in a safe place and take a photo on your phone for backup. Next, register your dog with the local authorities. While this is not mandatory in every state, it can help you prove ownership if required further down the line. Also, register your dog with a vet and keep its medical records up to date with local visits.
If you share a dog with a partner and you’re not married, consider signing a pet ownership agreement. This kind of document helps to outline who is responsible for the dog’s care. You can also choose to add a clause regarding what would happen if the relationship were to end. This kind of pragmatic thinking helps to prioritize the wellbeing of your dog in any eventuality.
Is a Dog Microchip Proof of Ownership?
When you take your new dog for its first visit with the vet, enquire about getting your pup microchipped. A microchip is a tiny electronic device that can serve as your dog’s permanent ID. Each microchip contains a unique number that links to a database containing the owner’s details. If you lose your dog, a microchip is the best way to ensure you’ll be reunited. Most vets and rescue shelters can scan a lost dog for a microchip to locate your contact information and get in touch with you. It also helps prove that the lost dog is yours.
Another way to ID is your dog is with a collar and ID tag. Get your contact information engraved on the ID tag and be sure to keep it updated if you move or change your phone number. This way, if someone finds your lost dog, they’ll be able to get a hold of you immediately.
If you have lost your dog, be sure to mention the collar, ID tag, and microchip in your lost dog post. Clear communication of this sort of information can really increase your chances of finding your lost dog. You can also boost your Facebook post with Pet Alert Boost to target people living within a 6-mile radius of the area where you lost your dog.
CAN I CALL 911 FOR A LOST DOG?
If you lose your dog, it’s important to alert the police as soon as possible. They can help keep an eye out for your lost dog and contact you if someone brings it in. But should you call the regular 911 number or is there a special pet emergency hotline?
Who Can I Call if My Dog Runs Away?
If your dog runs away or gets lost, you should call the police immediately, especially if you believe there’s a chance your dog was stolen. However, it’s best to call your local police station instead of the emergency 911 number. You should be able to find the number for your local police department with a quick Google search. But if you’re in a bind, you can call 911 and they will usually connect you with the right police department. Either way, it’s important to report your lost dog to both the police and animal control promptly to give yourself the best possible chance of being reunited with your pooch.
You can also significantly increase your chances of finding your lost dog by getting the word out on social media. As well as being a social networking platform, Facebook is a great tool for advertising lost or found dogs. Simply create a virtual “lost dog” poster and share it to your Facebook page. You can now also use Boost by Pet Alert to target people who live within 6 miles of your neighborhood or the area where your dog was lost. This way, even people who don’t follow you or the Pet Alert page will see your post. And the more people who see your lost dog post, the more likely your dog is to be spotted by the right person!
What Is Considered a Pet Emergency?
Pet emergencies are urgent situations involving your pet that require immediate attention. A pet emergency could be a medical emergency such as a loss of blood, fainting, seizure, ingestion of known poisons, inability to breathe, etc. It could also involve an accident or event in which your pet is harmed or causes harm to another animal or person.
In theory, the 911 number is reserved for human emergencies. However, it’s not illegal to call 911 for a pet emergency, and they will probably simply transfer you to the relevant authorities which could prove helpful. On the other hand, it’s always useful to keep certain phone numbers at hand in case of an emergency with your pet. Make a note of the following phone numbers and keep them somewhere to hand like in your purse or on the fridge:
- Your vet’s number, as well as an out-of-hours number if possible
- Your local animal hospital
- Your local police station
- Any animal shelters or rescue centers in the area
- ASPCA Pet Loss Hotline: 877 474 3310
- Emergency Disaster Hotline: 1 800 22 7 4645 - in case of an earthquake or natural disaster
- ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 1 888 426 4435
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