10 Things To Do When Your Dog’s Lost

While losing your dog is a terrible occurrence, be assured that according to an ASPCA study, 93 percent of missing dogs are recovered. You may be feeling guilty in addition to the terror of missing them permanently.

This post will provide you with helpful hints about how to locate a missing dog.

Concerns on whether you should have only kept them on a leash or avoided those places where you felt they could get lost are true but don’t blame yourself! You may be feeling guilty in addition to the terror of missing them permanently.

There are a variety of explanations that a dog could go missing, and your dog is obviously just as excited to see you as you are to see them again. If you find yourself in this position, the only thing you can do is start looking for them as soon as possible. So, without further ado, here are the top ten tips for locating your missing dog.

Retrace your steps

If you’ve misplaced your dog on a familiar trail, head back the way you came and see if they’ve simply gone to sniff out something that piqued their curiosity previously.
Dogs are instinctively excellent at tracking, but when they get separated from their pack, they use their strong nose to detect their own smell and follow it.

If this is the case, your dog would most likely be near the entrance to where you started your stroll.

Find at your favorite place

A missing dog is likely to seek out sights and sounds that are familiar to them. Consider the things that your dog is drawn to.

What are some of your dog’s favorite spots in the field where you’re walking?

If you’ve figured out what they are, get to them as quickly as possible.

If your dog isn’t there when you arrive, leave a friendly treat or something of your smell in the field for them to locate, and return periodically.

Ask other dog walkers

When looking for a lost puppy, dog walkers can be a huge help.

Ask any dog walker you see if they’ve seen your dog, and give each one a detailed description.

Give them your phone number and remind them to contact you if they see your puppy.

When your dog comes across them, it’s also a smart idea to send them some of your dog’s favourite treats to entice them.

Read more: Dog walking tips that every dog owner should know

Find around your house

The bulk of dogs are discovered near where they went missing, and due to your dog’s incredible tracking abilities, many dogs can find their way home while separated from their owners.

Call all of the neighbours to see if they have seen your dog on your mobile phone.

Ask a neighbour or an acquaintance to knock on their doors and ask about if you don’t have any of their phone numbers.

If it isn’t necessary, get the phone numbers of your neighbors from a telephone directory service and start calling.

Use social media to find your dog

Social networking is an effective medium for reaching a large number of users at once.

The use of social media to share awareness about lost pets is more common than ever.

Make a post for your dog with as much detail as possible, like when and why they went missing, as well as a few straightforward, true-to-life photos.

Not only should you share it with your peers, but you should also update it on local missing pet websites as well as the pages of animal shelters and veterinarians.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #lostdog as well as any local hashtags relevant to your location.

Report it

File a police report and contact the nearby animal shelters, veterinarians, and welfare groups and provide a thorough account of your dog and the conditions around their disappearance.

Wait for them

Stopping the quest can sound counterintuitive, but one person cannot cover much territory.

Return home and form a search party with the assistance of family and friends.

You can even search the last location you saw your dog, as well as their favorite locations, on a daily basis.

Do this at least once a day, at various times. If you and your dog both search at the same time, you could miss each other by just a few minutes!

Make a map

Make a map of the places you know your dog enjoys spending time or may be drawn to.

Consider the other dogs in the neighborhood with which your dog may have chosen to share time.

Make a list of areas you hope your dog should avoid.

You’ll have a clearer sense of the search area you can cover until you start mapping this out.

Don’t chase

Your first reaction may be to call out and sprint for your dog when you see them.

However, this is unlikely to be useful when the dog may become startled or believe they are in danger, and they may flee.

They may even misinterpret the cues and believe they’re part of a trap, sending them off in the opposite direction.

To avoid scaring them away, keep your pockets stocked with their favorite snacks, give them up if you see them, and chat in a cool, relaxed tone.

Prevention tips and tricks

There are some good habits you can put in place to help keep your dog from being apart from you.

To begin, make sure they’re micro chipped and that your contact information is still up to date on their chip.

Second, ensure that you regularly take them on long, exploratory walks.

If the only time they have to go outside is for a short ten-minute toilet break once a day, it’s possible that they’ll use it to escape and get more stimulation.

Finally, you must teach your dog to follow your recall commands so that they feel secure in their ability to find you if you get separated.


I hope that those of you who are without beloved animal pets will be reunited with them soon, but many dogs and cats do not have a warm bed to return to. Please make a commitment today to help stop animal homelessness!

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