Finding a Lost Dog

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Finding a Lost Dog

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A lost pet is every pet owner’s nightmare. You’re scared where your pet will run into a predator or a vehicle, or go far away and never find his way back home. It’s difficult to not think about what can go wrong with your lost pet during such times. However, you need to get yourself together and start with the search at the earliest, so you have better chances of finding him.

Why do pet run away?

Pets can run away for many reasons. From exploring territory to satisfying sexual urges to plain boredom, there is no way of knowing what exactly has made your dog run away. However, you want to analyze what may have made your dog run away, so you know where to look. If you think that your dog has run away because he feels lonely, then you want to go look in places where he would seek company and comfort- a friendly neighbor’s house or the dog park maybe? Or say your pet has run away out of fear, due to the introduction of a new pet member in the household; then you will probably find him hiding somewhere around the neighborhood. If you find that your dog has sneaked out from an open door or

gate

, chances are he has just gone out to explore, and will find his way back. Then again, this depends on how far your dog has gone off. Strong dogs can cover about five miles, while small dogs can cover about half a mile.

Tips to find your lost dog

If your dog’s

collar

carries your phone number, then there is a good chance that someone who finds him may call you. Make sure you have the phone at hand to take calls, or have someone stationed at home at all times, in case you have the address mentioned in your dog’s tag. Also, go around the neighborhood and enquire with residents and others in dog parks and animal shelters, if they have seen your pet. Make sure you carry a picture of your pet, and give them your number, so they can get in touch with you if they spot your lost pet. You can paste posters in your neighborhood, ads on newspapers and Craigslist about your lost dog. Be sure to look in lost-and-found sites for your pet.Ideally you want to begin looking for your pet within the 24-hour window since he has gone missing. The idea is to narrow down the perimeter where you will have to look for him. The more you delay it, the greater the search perimeter. Of course, if your search yields no results, then you want to increase the search perimeter, and carry out the search drill. Finding a lost pet takes patience. You may or may not find your pet right away, but do not lose hope. Consistently look for your pet, and get in touch with local organizations and residents to see if they may have seen your pet.

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