Have you ever had your dog run away and not come home? It’s a feeling that usually chills every dog owner. Maybe you’ve already faced the empty backyard, the slipped leash or the left-opened front door of your house, but still you can’t find your dog. Fido could be anywhere, and the one thing that you know is that your pup is not where he/she belongs – in the house with you.
Well, if you’re pet owner and that moment happens, one of the most important things that you should know is to stay calm and not to panic. Take a deep breath, collect yourself, and go through the tips below. When you’re methodical, calm, and thorough, the chances of finding your dog will be much higher because you’ll be more focused.
As-soon-as you’ve noticed that your dog is gone
The most dangerous time in the case of a missing person is first 24-hours. It’s the same with the missing dogs. When your pet has decided to take an adventure for a moment, the earlier you begin looking for your four-legged bestie, the earlier you will find him or her. The longer the dog walks free, then the bigger the perimeter you’ll have to look in to find your pet. If you start immediately, that perimeter is much smaller. As soon as you have noticed that your dog has run away from your home, it is very important that you act immediately to look for him/her.
- Man the phone
If you’re a dog owner who have been wise enough putting the number of your phone on your pet’s collar (which we think everyone should do!), then you will hopefully be receiving call from a kind passerby or neighborhood hero. If your pup’s number is on their collar, bring your phone with you when you do your search! If it’s on a landline, make sure someone is home to answer the phone while you’re out looking.
- Take pictures
One of the best memory-joggers and time-savers in your dog’s search is the recent pictures of your pet. You can present a photo of your dog to a potential witness and ask when or if they have seen your dog. It is even faster than going through a confusing word-only description of your dog. If you do not have any pictures of your pet, then try to print-out pictures of a breed that it most resembles. (But hey, we totally know that you’ve got at least a few photos of your pup!)
If it’s already two days or more without any signs or calls about your dog, then it’s time for you to create posters. Make sure to include recent pictures of your pet, their color, your phone number, what your dog responds to, and then a brief description where & when you last saw your pup.
- Check lost & found websites
Another option is to check online or locally. You can check for the local newspapers to know if somebody has posted a notice about your dog, and check websites online to see if anyone has seen your pup. And if you’ve got social media, use that too! Post a photo of your pup on Facebook and ask your friends and family to share it too. If your dog is on Instagram, post a photo of the poster you’ve made, and change their bio to tell your followers that your dog is lost.
The best way to make sure that your dog gets back to you if they run away is to get your pup microchipped. Seriously! All dog owners should get microchipped ASAP. It’s the easiest way to make sure your pup is safe, and makes it super easy for others to not only identify your dog but to get him or her back home.