Is Your Dog Lost? Make it EASY for People to Contact You!

Are you missing your dog? Make sure that you make it EASY for people to reach you. Don’t rely on just one method of communication. Check your emails and phone messages frequently. When possible answer your phone in person. Don’t assume the person will leave a message. They often won’t and may only try ONCE […]

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Crying Wolf is a Bad Idea if Your Dog is Missing

We have seen some internet advice that suggests owners should create a sense of urgency about their missing dog by including a statement on the flyer that says the dog needs medicine for a serious medical condition (whether it is true or not). In our experience, this is very bad advice because: 1. If your […]

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NEVER Follow, Chase or Pressure a Lost Dog

Based on thousands and thousands of cases, our three main causes of death for lost dogs are 1. Hit by a car 2. Hit by a train and 3. Drowning (often falling through thin ice). Lost dogs who aren’t being pursued or pressured will make very wise decisions and may survive indefinitely. Lost dogs that […]

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Do Not Allow Family, Friends, or Volunteers to “Search” For Your Dog. Ask Them to Flyer Instead…

In the early hours and days of the dog going missing; volunteers, friends and family may want to rush to a sighting location to “search”. This is almost always a bad idea. Their energy should be used for quickly flyering the area – going door to door and trying to speak to as many people […]

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Tips for Capturing the Elusive Dog – Part 2 of a Series

Toby, a shy dog,  bolts from the sound of fireworks and panic ensues. EVERYBODY wants to help – a good thing.  Or is it? One of the first hurdles that the owner of a shy, lost dog must do is to calm down and gain control of the situation. He or she must also be […]

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Catching a Shy Elusive Dog – Part 1 in a Series

Toby, the Australian Shepherd,  was a shy dog. Not only was he wary of strangers, but he had been lost from a strange location (a family member’s house) during the week of the 4th of July. The family was prepared to keep him in the house during the community fireworks display; but a neighborhood party erratically shooting […]

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