Ways to Find a Lost Dog FAST

Introduction:When one of your 4-legged family members goes missing, you need to know the ways to find a lost dog FAST. Time is of the essence in finding a missing pet, sort of like solving a crime scene. The below tips will help you get Fido back in your warm grasp as quickly as possible.

  • 01

    Canvas the Neighborhood

    Immediately get in your car and drive around the neighborhood looking for your lost dog. Follow your ears - is there a dog barking somewhere? If so, beat feet over to the area where you hear dog barking and you might just find your lost pet.

  • 02

    Enlist the Help of Your Friends and Family

    While you're canvassing the neighborhood looking for your lost dog, get on your bluetooth and call your friends and family and ask that they come and help you. Provide a specific area for each person to search so that they will spread out. It's helpful if there are 2 people to a car - the driver (who should have the car's blinkers on) and a spotter for the lost dog.

    Stay in contact by cell phone and move your friends and family around to different areas as leads on your missing dog come in.

  • 03

    Go to Findtoto.Com

    Findtoto.com is a fairly new site which, for a fee, will send an automated call to your neighborhood or any area you'd like to be alerted about your lost pet. Findtoto.com claims a success rate of 78.2% within the first 48 hours and 68% afterwards. That's still a pretty good shot at finding your pet.

  • 04

    Put an Ad on Petfinder.Com

    Petfinder.com is generally a site where people go to adopt animals but this internet site is a wealth of resources when looking for a lost pet. Petfinder has a LOT of traffic so your lost pet classified will be in front of a multitude of people.

    Go to Petfinder.com, click Classified, and then click Lost Pets. Add as much information to your post as you can including where your pet was last scene, any identifying marks, collar type, etc. Experts say to NEVER put that there is a reward offered for your pet. Make sure to update the status daily until you find your dog.

  • 05

    Put Up Lost Pet Posters

    Tack lost pet posters to any surface you can think of including community bulletin boards, telephone poles, vet offices, etc. It would behoove every responsible dog owner to have a poster already made up just in case your dog goes missing. Update the poster yearly with a more recent picture and any other pertinent information.

    While you're putting up dog posters, email one to your local humane society or animal shelter as notification that your dog is missing. Even though the animal shelter personnel may say that you dog isn't there, go once a day and peruse the kennels anyway.




Final Thoughts

On one occasion, I actually used one of my other dogs to track my loose dog, an escape artist basset who should have been named 'Houdini.' Chessie, my pit bull/sharpei mix found 'Flapps' right off the bat - 2 doors down, sitting on the front step, waiting to be let in. I yelled to him that that wasn't his house, he looked at the door, back to Chessie and me and came along home, willingly....Bassets are not known for their mental acuity.


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  • dashboardc33 1/8/2013 Flag This Comment

    AWESOME AWESOME! :) Finding a lost dog can be easy with these tips.

  • hummingbirdee 3/6/2011 Flag This Comment

    These are all excellent ways to find a lost pet. I once had a dog that was so sneaky. She would slip out every change she got. Canvas the Neighborhood was something my neighbors got used to. I still miss that little stinker, even after all that.

  • goodselfme 3/5/2011 Flag This Comment

    Your good list will help pet owners find their dog fast. You are correct,I wrote my article "Dog finding tips" probably just as you were writing this. As you said great minds think alike. Maybe together we can assist someone in finding their pet.

  • snowfence 3/5/2011 Flag This Comment

    Great tips to find a lost dog fast. H5

  • litetender 3/5/2011 Flag This Comment

    Excellent suggestions. I keep posters premade for my six on the computer, just in case ... I'll be able to print them that much more rapidly. H5!

  • Thorgrym 3/5/2011 Flag This Comment

    Good tips. Our neighborhood is currently plastered with posters looking for two lost boxers. I hope the people find the dogs soon!

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