Where and How to Look For a Missing Dog

Today we’re going to talk about where and how to look for a missing dog. Sometimes a dog runs away after playing, doesn’t hear his owner’s calls, gets lost and can’t find his way home. Last time we discussed in detail the possible reasons why a dog runs away on a walk without looking back. Finding a missing dog is always stressful for a pet owner.

However, if you follow a simple plan of action, you can not only save your time and nerves, but perhaps even save the life and health of the furry prankster runaway.

Read also: How to Choose a Smart GPS Tracker for Dogs and Cats?


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What to do if your dog is lost

The most important thing is to calm down and pull yourself together. Well then, I suggest this plan of action to find a dog:

  • Include your friends in the search for your lost pet. Ask as many people as you can if they have seen a similar dog, show photos of your fugitive.
  • Search all the surrounding yards, look in porches and basements, garbage cans and garages, because if the pet is wounded, it will be hiding in a dark place. Search the bushes thoroughly-if he ran away with his leash, it could easily get tangled up in branches.
  • Pick up his favorite squeaky toys that your four-legged dog always runs away to hear.
  • Write notices and post them in the area where he’s gone. The more ads, the better. Preferably use brightly colored paper, so that the announcement catches the eye immediately. Be sure to include the place and time of the loss, a detailed description of the dog and a photo of the pet.
  • Place ads in veterinarian clinics and pet stores near where your dog is missing, or call animal shelters. Often it’s the place where lost pets are taken to identify the owner by their tracking number or chip.
  • Put up flyers at public dog-walking areas. Talk to local dog owners and give them your coordinates, since, as a rule, the animal will run to their own kind to play with.
  • If your dog might have gotten on the train, don’t be lazy and put up missing persons notices at every stop on your possible route.
  • Notify the city’s lost and found pet service (if there is one in your city).
  • Place ads in newspapers and on local television.
  • A very effective way to find a missing dog is to post an ad online, in lost and found animal groups, and in breed groups. If your dog is found, it’s likely that people who found their pet will write to your tailed friend’s breed group to place an ad.
  • Leave your item behind (or in front of) the front door. Perhaps the pet will try to find his way home, and a T-shirt with your scent on it will help him do it.
  • Write that the dog is sick and needs expensive treatment. People who found the dog may not want to get involved with a sick animal.
  • Be sure to write about the reward.
  • And don’t forget to read all the ads on the Internet, websites, and call shelters and vet clinics.

What not to do if your dog is lost

Here are some points:

  • When writing your ad, don’t give all the details. If scammers call you, make sure you have a few important details to look for in order to recognise your missing dog (tattoo, chipped teeth, distinctive marks, claw color).
  • Do not write the full stigma number.
  • It is not advisable to include the pet’s name. If the dog is stolen intentionally, it may adapt faster in the new place.
  • Beware of scammers. Unscrupulous people, seeing the ad, may take advantage of your misfortune. They may claim that they have found a pet and have taken it with them, and that they need a certain amount of money for transportation. Never wire money in advance. Arrange to meet in person and tell them that when you do, you are prepared to generously reward them and pay for all transportation costs.
  • Never go to pick up a four-legged dog alone. Meet in a crowded place. And by no means invite home anyone who may have found your pet.

Final helping tips

It is psychologically very hard to look for a missing dog. After all, any pet for its owner – is not just a pet, but a real friend and family member.

And, if such a misfortune happens, the main advice in such a situation is in no case to give up and do not despair. It is not uncommon for dogs to be found and return to their owners many months or even years later.

Address book for missing dog


One of the measures that can help your pet come home is to make what is called an address book for the dog. They come in different types and sizes.

The most important thing is to choose a reliable and sturdy address book with a sturdy ring, in order to reduce the chance of losing it. Put your phone number in the tag, so the person who has found the dog will be able to contact you!
Have you ever had a dog run away for a long time? How did you search for your dog yourself, and what actions you took led to a positive result? I would really appreciate it if you could share your positive experiences in the comments of this post.


Good luck to you! Take care of your pets!