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    Useful tips to help find a lost dog.

    Articlegeneral dog adviceWednesday 15 May 2013
    Losing a dog can be the worst thing in the world. You are full of fear, tension and anxiety. There are a number of useful things you can do. First of all for prevention to try and decrease the chances of your dog missing and secondly tips to help find your dog. First of all, try not to panic, dogs are incredibly smart and believe it or not, they can survive on their own in harsh conditions.
    • Make sure your dog is microchipped. In some countries like Northern Ireland this is automatically required and here at Dogsandpuppies we advise all dog owners to do the same to their dogs. It is a small cost, painless for your dog and if your dog is found by someone else they can easily, thoroughly and comprehensively prove the dog is yours and return it to you. The chip stores your own details on it such as address and telephone number. Perfect, no?
    • Make sure your garden is as secure as possible and there are no gaps or exit points in the fences, hedges etc. Also make sure any gates you have are kept locked. Dogs are incredibly skilled at squezing or jumping over obsticles that prevent them from leaving.
    • When walking the dogs, always keep them on the leads. This is especially true for new puppies. Only when you feel comfortable enough that your dog will not run away can you let them off. All you need is for your dog to chase a rabbit which leads him miles away.
    • Make sure your dog has a collar. This shows to people and animal rescue centres that it has an “owner” and it will not be mistaken for a stray. A collar is cheap and easy and is a 100% must for dog owners. Provide a tag with the dogs name and phone number and attach it to the collar if possible. The best combination is a collar along with it being microchipped.
    Looking for your dog
    • Don’t waste time, the first hours/days are so very important as the dog will not be able to get so far and will most likely be around your town or village. Get as many friends and family to help and work strategically based on a map to search the area. To start with, cover a 2 mile radius.
    • Create and print out fliers, business cards and posters. These can be created and quickly on many home computers and when you have printed them then hand them out to as many local residents as possible and also kids. Of course provide the basic details such as the dogs name, a photo if possible and a description of your dog. You should also provide on the same bit of paper your name, your number and also the exact area it was lost. You can also use the Internet to help find your dog. Make a post about him on your Facebook account or use Lost Pet websites such as this one for lost pets in London or the national pet register.
    • Dogs have an incredible sense of smell and hearing. Bringing something that belongs to you such as a unwashed t-shirt, to maximise the sense or their favourite squeaky toy can be really useful.
    • Make sure you contact your local animal shelters, rescue centres and also vets. If your dog is found by another member of the public, it is likely to be brought to one of these places. You can even try contacting your local council to see what resources they have available to you.
    The Poster
    • When you have a bit more time on your hands such as when its dark and you can no longer continue the search then create a really good poster to stick up around where you live. You should make this as informative as possible. First of all you need to choose a photo, this should be as recent as possible and show it’s face and size where possible.
    • Put the exact details and maybe even a photo of the map of where you lost your dog. This could easily jog someone’s memory who was in the area at the time and they may pay more attention to the poster than just any other dog poster.
    • A reward may motivate people to look however too much could raise suspicions in people as to why the dog is worth so much. Some may find your pet and ask for even more than you are asking for so you can get it back.
    • State whether or not the dog is friendly or not. This can be useful to know if people are going to attempt to get the dog back into their house or garage.
    • If you live in a multicultural area then maybe translate parts of the poster into Polish or Chinese as some people do not speak English.
    • In today’s age make sure you are connected online and post this poster on social networks amongst your friends and also local forums to get in touch with as many people as possible.
    Keep positive even if you do not find your dog. Dogs can survive on their own, they may be being cared for by another person who was unaware it was lost or it may have been found and adopted. Dogs can be reunited with owners years after the have gone missing. Time and time again this happens.
    Source: Wikihow


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