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     Tips for Finding a Lost Dog

Here are some tips for finding a lost dog courtesy of Susan Bulanda

There are basically a few simple points to consider when looking for a lost dog that may help. 

1) A dog who is frightened will bolt in any direction, but usually to the least noisy, darkest area. So given the choice of an open field or woods, the dog will go for the woods.

2) If the dog simply runs away, they usually run into the wind. That means that the wind will be blowing toward the dog, into the dog's face. Check with a local airport to see what the wind direction was the dog the dog ran away. Then start looking into the wind from the point where the dog was last seen.

3) When searching for a dog, always travel slowly and make frequent five minute stops. Many people will drive a vehicle around, calling to the dog. Unless the dog is within a few seconds of your location, he will not be able to find you if you move too quickly. Keep in mind that a dog can hear you calling from quite a distance away. They need time to determine the direction of the sound and then get to it. Wind and other environmental elements can distort the direction of sound (Think tall buildings, large hills, etc.) making it difficult for the dog to find the source of the sound. By stopping and continuing to call, the dog will have time to find you.

4) When you sight the dog, do not go nuts and run toward the dog. Sit down or stand still and let the dog approach you. Even if it is your dog. Sometimes a dog can become so frightened, or hurt or weary that they may not think straight. Their survival instincts may take over making them more cautious than they would be at home. If the wind is blowing into the dogs face, you could be downwind and the dog may not recognize you right away. Give the dog time to feel safe. Running to the dog may make him run away from you and lose what little trust in humans remains.

5) If the dog does not approach you, do not give up. Stay in that area and/or return to that area. You can leave food etc. but do not try to catch the dog.

6) If you leave food out for the dog, do not assume that because the food was eaten, that it was the dog. Other critters may eat the food, so continue to search the area.

I hope these points will help. If anyone wishes, email me privately and I will be glad to elaborate.   susanb21@JUNO.COM

Susan Bulanda, M.A.

Certified Member International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants;
Ethologist, SAR dog Trainer,author, speaker.

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