When your beloved dog is lost, it can be a traumatic experience for both of you. But don’t panic, you need to think clearly, act quickly, and create a game plan to get your pet back based on typical lost dog behavior and your dog’s personality.
Do a search
Start with a thorough physical search of your neighborhood or the area where your dog was last seen, checking backyards (with owners’ permission), green spaces and other nearby places before expanding. your search scope. Tell everyone you meet that you are looking for a lost dog. Ask them to contact you if your dog is seen, but not to pursue it in an attempt to catch it.
A friendly, confident dog is more likely to be found where people or other dogs congregate. A shy, frightened or hurt dog, or lost in an unfamiliar place, is more likely to hide or run away.
Knock on doors and hang large, colorful “lost dog” signs in the area where your pet went missing. Distribute flyers with your contact information to dog walkers, mail carriers, joggers and anyone else who frequents the area. Post notices at grocery stores, laundromats, community centers, veterinary offices, dog parks, pet stores, and other locations. Use local social media sites and missing animal registries to help spread the word.
When people find out your dog is missing, they’ll want to help you. Otherwise, they may assume the animal is abandoned and needs a home.