How do you find a lost dog?
Here are a few tips that can make it easier and safer for you to catch a stray dog.
- Have a slip lead and offer treats. Make sure you have a lead handy, as a stray dog may not have a collar.
- Run away from the dog.
- Use calming signals.
- Use a magnet dog.
- Trap him in a confined area.
Here are some tips that can help next time you see a lost pet:
- Capture and contain it with care. If you see a stray cat or dog, try to capture and contain the animal if circumstances permit.
- Call the authorities.
- Check for ID.
- Get the pet scanned for a microchip.
- Take pets with no ID to an animal shelter.
- Post fliers.
New research has found that dogs rely on familiar scents to find their way back home, and those scents can lead them a long way.
A 10 mile distance isn't that far for a dog to follow a scent as long as the wind conditions are right.
What to do if you lose your pet
- Contact local animal shelters and animal control agencies. File a lost pet report with every shelter within a 60-mile radius of your home and visit the nearest shelters daily, if possible.
- Search the neighborhood.
- Try the internet.
- Be wary of pet-recovery scams.
- Don't give up your search.
To locate a lost pet using its microchip, enter the pet's chip number into an online universal registry.
Then, if your pet is taken to a vet or shelter, they will scan it to see if it's microchipped, at which point they'll be able to access your contact information and notify you of your lost pet's whereabouts.
Figuring Out Your Dog's Breed
- Browse Breeds. If you want to try to take a guess at your dog's breed yourself, try to browse some breeds to figure it out…
- Ask Your Vet. As you probably already know, your veterinarian is a doggy expert! ...
- Doggy DNA Tests. If you want to know your dog's exact genetic makeup, there are tests for that! ...
- Fetch! App.
Tips on Taking Good Animal Photographs
- Contact as many shelters and rescue groups as possible.
- Contact breed rescue groups if you're trying to place a specific breed.
- Place a classified ad in your local paper.
- Post your pet on adoption websites.
- Use any and all of your community contacts.
Call your local Animal Control department (usually through the county) for assistance.
You can also go to their website and look up what to do if you find a lost pet.
Call or go to your local animal shelter and report that you have found a stray animal.
Many times they will take a "found report."