are some tips for finding a lost dog courtesy of
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
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
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.
Susan Bulanda, M.A.
Certified Member – International Association of Animal
Ethologist, SAR dog Trainer,author, speaker.