by Andrew Garcia
Oct 27, 2022
2 minute read
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Why and Where Do Dogs Run Away?
- How Do You Track a Lost Dog?
- How to Find a Lost Dog?
- Prevent Your Dog from Getting Lost
Finding out your favorite furry friend is lost can be a difficult experience for you. It can also be traumatic for your dog. When this happens, it is vital to take quick action and stay focused on how to find your pet.
Why and Where Do Dogs Run Away?
There are a few reasons pets run away. These include severe depression and boredom, unneutered sexual urges, and curiosity to explore the outside world and to respond to sudden and frightening events. Pets in new environments may want to explore their former surroundings and get lost in the process.
Where lost pets go depends on how far they can go. Young dogs with considerable strength can cover up to five miles or more. Small dogs do not go that far—they cover only half a mile in most cases. You can find most dogs if they are still within a two-mile radius of your home. A contributing factor to this is their inability to run for long in a straight line.
How Do You Track a Lost Dog?
The most likely destinations for most log dogs include neighboring yards, dog parks, and areas close to water or food source. The distance covered often depends on the lost dog: for some, they stay around the neighborhood, while others can cover hundreds of miles.
How to Find a Lost Dog?
Cats can find their way home while most dogs cannot. In order to find your dog, the first step is to consider your dog’s personality. If you have a wagging dog, he will most likely go to a stranger. A shy, scared pup will do the opposite and hide away. A confident, happy-go-lucky pet is more likely to see a rescuer, while a nervous dog will only find a safe place to hide himself.
Depending on the nature of your dog, you can check areas where your dog might find a sense of protection, including shrubs, bushes, and under parked cars.
Whistle and Call Your Dogs
Your dog may be trapped somewhere. We have seen dogs stuck behind fences or collars hanging on something. So, if your dog is close by but unable to return home due to a similar problem, you can find him by whistling, calling his name, and listening to his bark. It is the first and simplest every dog owner looking to find their lost pet should take.
Create and Disperse Lost Dog Flyers
Flyers can improve your chances of finding your dog. Design flyers with clear and recent photos of your dog, his name, a clear description, his last-seen area, your contact details, and other important information. Then post copies of this flyer online.
Set Up Adverts
You can advertise in particular sections of local newspapers or sponsor a broadcast on local radio stations about your lost pet. You will most likely be targeted by pet scammers if you are offering a reward. Such people often pretend to have found your lost dog, it is vital to identify the bad guys.
Prevent Your Dog from Getting Lost
The most effective way to make your lost pet return to you is to wear a smart QR code ID tag. A PAWAii no pull harness can be your best choice because it contains such a digital pet ID tag. The finder can get your pup’s basic information and your contact information by scanning the QR code on the tag.
This special accessory usually contains your name, address, and phone number, which a rescuer can use to contact you. You can also ask your vet or local animal shelter to microchip your dog to ensure the finder can get your information. If you choose to do this, you must regularly update your contact information with the online microchip registration system.
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