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Pet Search Tips for Recovering Your Missing Dog

Conducting a pet search to locate a missing dog can be a stressful situation for his family. No matter how your think he’s escaped, the following tips can help you recover your dog and bring him home.

Search Your House and Yard

Carefully look through your house and yard. Even if you think your dog wouldn’t go into a certain area, look anyway. Dogs can get themselves into areas you might not think they’d visit and strange smells or items may have enticed them into a space that is too tight for them to get out of.

Tools for Your Search

There are several things you will want to bring with you when you conduct your search to aid in finding your dog.

  • Every searcher should carry a quantity of your dog’s favorite treats or dog biscuits. These could help entice him to come to them or keep him calm if he’s become stuck in a tight space.
  • Flashlights are important for you to be able to look into dark areas and spaces.
  • Bring along your dog’s favorite squeaky toys. Dogs have great hearing and if your dog can hear a familiar sound, he will quite frequently be attracted to it.
  • If you’ve trained your dog with a whistle, whether it’s a dog whistle or police type whistle, bring it and use it during your search. Again, if your dog has lost his way, he will be attracted to the whistle’s sound.

Actions During Your Search

Enlist your family members or friends to help in the search. This way you can travel in pairs and will have assistance, should it be required, to retrieve your dog.

Frequently calling your dog’s name will give him direction should he have lost his sense of where home is.

Talk to people you meet during your search. Your dog may have passed them on his adventure and they could at least give you an idea of how long ago he passed and what direction he went. Be sure to leave your phone number with them so they can contact you.

Stop and listen occasionally as your dog may be making noise to catch your attention and bring you to him.

Leave heavily scented items that your dog is familiar with on your front porch or in your yard. Dogs are attracted to scent and have a highly developed sense of smell.

Other Resources for Finding Your Dog

If searching your neighbor doesn’t result in your dog coming home with you, there are other resources available to extend the reach of your search.

If your dog is microchipped, contact the manufacturer’s call center to notify them that your dog is missing.

Notify your local veterinarians, local animal shelters and animal rescue organizations that your dog is missing. Be sure to give them a good description and your dog’s microchip ID number along with your contact information.

Post missing dog signs in your neighborhood and surrounding areas. Include your phone number but not your name or address. Photos and descriptions of your dog are important.

Utilizing these techniques should help you locate your dog and either bring him safely home or get him the medical assistance he needs if he’s been injured.

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