Check Nearby Farms for Your Missing Dog

Scared lost dogs will often gravitate to a farm where there is a reliable food source like outdoor cat food or spilled grain. Farms provide a multitude of hiding places. Lost dogs will hide in sheds, old barns or under old farm machinery and creep out at dusk and dawn to eat. If the dog […]

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 […]

When is Too Much Media Coverage Too Much of a Good Thing?

  TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING? Highly publicized lost dog cases often backfire. Too much media can be detrimental to your lost dog search because the additional pressure from the public can chase your dog out of the flyered area or worse yet, into the path of traffic. The dog may also become nocturnal […]

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 […]

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 […]

Luring a Shy, Lost Dog Using a Portable Grill

Using a portable grill can be very helpful in catching a shy, scared dog.  If you are getting sightings of your dog in a general area, we recommend setting up a feeding station.  This can help to keep a lost dog in one area and eventually lead to capture.  However, sometimes it is difficult to […]

Ten Things You Need to Know Before Hiring a Tracking Dog Service

We often get asked about tracking dog services for missing dogs.  Some of these services are good, some are not so good and some are out and out scams. They will cost many hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars depending on where they are located and the distance they have to travel. Most will also […]

Princessa’s Story – A Small Lost Dog Survives Four Months During a Brutal Wisconsin Winter

Once upon a time there was a small 8 lb. chihuahua/rat terrier cross named Princessa who was the princess of the house. She sat on the back of the couch and probably ate bon-bons. Then one day on November 6, 2010 while on a big trip to a semi-rural Super Walmart in Pewaukee, Wisconsin she managed […]