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5 How-to Tips for Finding a Lost Dog-What to Do When Your Pet Is Missing

Updated on July 3, 2018
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Author of 5 books, a retired pet groomer, certified advanced dog trainer, Search dog handler, dog breeder, herbalist who loves to write!

I Don't want to Be Lost

"Max" Bulldog I use to groom
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What To Do When You Realize a Dog is Missing!

Here's 5 How-to Tips for Finding Lost Dogs

Realizing your dog is missing is a horrible feeling. Finding your dog can be one of the most difficult things to do because dogs can cover a lot of ground in a very short time. Dogs are friendly and will get into a car with strangers or follow a stranger home if they can not find you. The fact that your dog will return to the spot they last saw you in greatly overlooked when a dog is lost.

Here are 5 tips for finding your lost dog.


Lost Dogs are no Fun!

I don't want to be lost!
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5 Tips to Find a Missing Pet

  1. Old Hunting Dog Trick
  2. Bloodhounds Can Find Pets too
  3. Dog Breeder's Tip for Finding a Run Away Dog
  4. "Let's Go" Trick to Catch a Loose Dog
  5. Animal Shelters and Dog Rescues

An old Hunting Dog Trick to Find a Missing Pet

Hunters who use dogs know to leave their jacket where they turned the dogs loose if the dogs have not returned from the hunt by the time the hunters leave the field. The hunter will return the next day to find the dogs sleeping on the jackets.

When you first realize the dog is missing place a piece of your clothing at the last place you saw the dog. If the dog escaped from the yard or house then place the dog’s bed or blanket where they can find it. Place the bed outside of the yard or house with a bowl of food.

If the dog got loose when you were walking it in a public place then leave an article of yours at the spot you lost the dog and then begin the search. Chances are when you check back at the Last Known Location of the dog the dog will be there wondering where you are.

Bloodhounds Can Find Missing Pets too!

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Dog Breeder's Tip for Finding a Run Away Dog

If the dog has ran off from your home or yard put some of your dog’s food or snacks in the dog’s bowl. This works best with dry food so if your dog eats wet food but likes dry dog treats use treats instead.

The idea is to shake the food in the bowl so that the dog thinks you are feeding. The dog can hear the food hit the bottom of the bowl from a very long way away. Keep this in mind as you make the food hit the bowl sound like feeding time.

You can use your hand to drop the food piece by piece into the bowl as a tease to prompt the dog to come to you. Rocks and a tin can will work too if a bowl and food are not nearby. This works great for horses that are hard to catch too.

Who Let the Dogs Out!

"Let’s Go" Trick to Catch a Loose Dog

If the dog has just now ran off or became lost try honking the horn on your car. Animals often come to noises to investigate what is going on. If your dog knows the sound of the horn they will come to the car.

Starting the car can work the same way. Dogs learn how the cars in the family each sound like and they know when you are leaving you start the car. If the dog is lost in a strange place and arrived in the car when they hear the car start they will not want to be left behind and will return to the car. This works at home for dogs who like to go for rides in the family car.

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Dealing with Dog Rescue and Animal Shelter

Good Luck with these tips to bring your beloved dog home.

If you cannot find a missing dog or cat within a couple of hours the best thing to do is to call the local animal control or pet rescue to see if they may of found your pet.

Many people will pick up a loose dog or cat and take the animal to a shelter or rescue and maybe home with them without considering that the pet may be close to home with people looking for them.

If you find a loose dog or cat, please drive around the neighborhood to see if anybody is looking for the pet before taking the animal to a shelter. You may save yourself, the pet and owners much time and heartache by returning the pet directly to them.

Keep in mind some shelters do kill pets after a very short stay when owners cannot be found so check out the organization well before dropping off unwanted animals.

Thanks for reading and I wish you the best with your furry friends!


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© 2011 Amber Higgins

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    • alternative_ave profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Higgins 

      6 years ago from West Coast USA

      Thanks for the comments everybody! Happy New Year !

    • Suhail and my dog profile image

      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      6 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I got to experiment with these tips sonner than later. Our Kuvasz boy has run away while being walked by my son on two different occasions, each time chasing a squirrel.

    • paulineleo52 profile image

      paulineleo52 

      6 years ago

      my trick to getting the dog home is opening the garage door he know this sound

    • Cat R profile image

      Cat R 

      6 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

      May have to use that some day with my escape artists!

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