A lost dog is a heart-wrenching ordeal. Many pet parents will go to the ends of the earth to find their beloved pet; we know we would! Proponents of microchipping of both cats and dogs have designated May as National Chip Your Pet Month.
Because we never want any of our friends, family or fans to have to live through an ordeal like losing one’s dog or cat we rounded up tips to keep your pet safe from getting lost. We also have tips on how to find your dog if he goes missing.
Lost Dog Awareness Tips
The best way to keep your dog or cat from getting lost is to always have control of them; have them in a leash or harness, keep them away from open doors and don’t leave them alone in the yard if they aren’t visible to you.
To keep your dog from getting lost and becoming a statistic:
- Make certain he is microchipped or at the very least wearing a collar with a tag with his name on it and your current and up-to-date contact information. If your dog bolts and is later found, the microchip will be scanned and that will make it easier for you to be reunited. A collar with a tag can also help you be reunited.
- Keep your dogs and cats away from open doors. If you’re having a party and people will be going in and out of your house, keep your dogs and cats away from the door. In fact, put them in a room where there will be no chance they will get scared and bolt out an open door. Your guests may not be accustomed to pets and won’t know to watch out for them. If you know your dog is prone to bolting out an open door, keep him on a leash when people are coming in and out of the door.
- According to the Internet there appears to be an increase in dogs being snatched from their own fenced-in yards. If you’re not able to see your dog, we’d urge you to not leave him alone, unattended in the backyard or chained up in the yard.
- Use positive reinforcement training to get your dog to “come” when you call him and reward him for returning.
- Give your dog a lot of play time. A tired dog is a happy dog and one who may not have boundless energy and he may be too tired to run away. Let your dog run around and burn energy playing fetch or taking a long walk with you.
Tips to find your lost dog.
- Search your house thoroughly. Unless you saw your dog run out the door, make sure you check every hiding place in the house. Open closet doors and look into the deepest recesses. Check under the bed, behind and under the couch. Your dog may have gotten scared and is hiding indoors.
- Begin searching as soon as you notice your dog is missing. The sooner you start looking the better your chance of finding her. Call her name while you’re searching. She may be frightened and hiding out doors and might come running to your familiar voice calling out.
- Bring along his favorite food or treat to try and lure him out. If he’s afraid, the food might be just what you need to get him to come running back to you.
- Put up flyers and notices around your neighborhood. Get online and post a “lost dog” notice, share it on social media, ask your friends and family to share it. Contact the local animal shelter, veterinarians and rescue groups and let them know your dog is lost and share a photo with them. If your dog is skittish and may run away if a stranger approaches, let everyone know this. Ask people to contact you as soon as they see your dog so you can go to the area and retrieve him.
- Make use of the quiet of the night and early morning to listen for his barking. Search for him during the quiet parts of the day; your voice might carry further and he may hear you better.
- Leave an item of your clothing outside of your home. He may catch your scent on the breeze and come back home; this is especially true if he is close to home but disoriented. If you have a lost cat, leave a litter box (with some dirty litter in it) outside the door; he will smell it and it could lure him back home.
- Be a detective when you’re searching for your lost dog and look for clues – paw prints, poo, broken branches anything that may give you a sign your dog passed through.
- Visit places you’d taken your dog – parks, neighborhood walks and other areas he may find familiar when he’s on the loose.
- Check sites that post for lost dogs and see if your pup is mentioned or pictured there.
Once your dog comes home, make certain you take all of the steps necessary to not let that happen again. If he got out of your fenced in yard, look for areas where he could have escaped. Get him microchipped. If he escaped out an open door, keep him in a separate area of the house when the door is open so he can’t escape again. Hug him and give him a lot of love – just because you can!
We’re wrapping up National Pet Month where Zoopar donated 20% of profits of sales to Freedom Service Dogs of America, an organization that works with shelter dogs to train them to work as service dogs. Please shop before the month ends!
Zoopar has an unwavering commitment to pets and their pet parents. “It’s our mission to unleash a sense of adventure and curiosity we share with our four-legged companions,” Zoopar CEO Howard Liu said.